Our Nyanza Vanilla is grown in the hills around Nyanza (aka Lake Victoria) in Tanzania, where the altitude, rich soil and temperate climate produce an especially rich, sweet vanilla.
The DIY Vanilla Extract Kit contains chopped-up, vine-ripened split pods, perfect for making your own vanilla extract. We have 10 grams of chopped vanilla and room to add 100ml of your favorite spirit.
Fill the jar with the vodka, whiskey or rum and let it infuse for at least two weeks, but it only gets better with time. Top off frequently, and use as you'd use any other vanilla extract. We also recommend spreading a small piece of plastic wrap or wax paper over the top of the jar (underneath the cap) to form an extra tight seal.
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Origin: Kagera, Tanzania
- Process: Sun-dried during the day, cured in wooden boxes overnight
- Ingredients: Vanilla planifolia, chopped pod
- Tasting notes: Toasted Hazelnut • Dates • Tannins
- Add to pastries, cheesecakes, bread pudding and meringues
- Mix into hot chocolate and cocktails
- Drizzle over pancakes and into coffee
- Chai Spice Cake with Ginger Cream Cheese Frosting
- Pear-Anise Seed Bundt Cake
- Pairs well with: Pemba Cloves, Stone Nutmeg, Royal Cinnamon
Vanilla is the fruit of a flowering vine. It takes as long as a decade for a vine to begin to produce fruit, and the white orchid flowers must be pollinated by hand. The pods grow in small bunches like bananas, and they take 6-9 months to ripen. After harvesting, they're cured in wooden boxes, where they turn from green to brown and develop their characteristic rich, complex aroma.
In a climate and terroir similar to that of Madagascar, they develop a deep, rich aroma and flavor. We prefer the vine-ripened pods (standard pods are often picked slightly underripe as a shortcut) for their stronger, sweeter, more concentrated flavor.
In the photos, you can see the nearly-ripe vanilla pods, the vanilla flower, and the vanilla vines.
Interesting, floral vanilla
Made it up with decent bourbon, and it bakes nicely in chiffon cakes, almond torte, etc. Nice in eggnog too.
Easy, Fun, Delicious
I know it's just adding vanilla beans to vodka but it was still really exciting to watch (and occasionally smell) that vodka go from booze to incredibly delicious-smelling vanilla extract. We used it for the first time this past weekend to make BA's Best Chocolate Chip Cookies and I am in love.
This is amazing! Can't believe the flavor. Christmas baked goods are going to several steps above what they usually are.