I was going to continue our laundry discussion, and then present April’s giveaway. But the vanilla beans I ordered through a co-op arrived in the mail and made me change my mind. I have never used actual vanilla beans before. They are about $3 each at the store! Through the co-op, beans were seventy cents apiece. I can work with that!
This morning, Addy and I made vanilla syrup and I couldn’t wait to share the recipe! I intend to add the syrup to my coffee. I used the instructions from Bartending Basics. They use a ratio, which means you can make a little or a lot very easily. Even more easily if you have a kitchen scale that measures in grams. If you think kitchen scales and metric units sound difficult and scary, you need to read Ratio.
The following is the ratio from the Bartending Basics link above put to use. This amount resulted in about five cups of vanilla syrup.
Vanilla Syrup Recipe
- 500 g water (about 2 1/4 cups)
- 2 vanilla beans
- 1000 g sugar (about 4 3/4 cups)
Boil the water, but don’t leave it boiling. The evaporation will skew your ratio. Split the vanilla beans and scrape them out. Add the beans and scrapings as soon as the water is boiling. Remove from heat. Add sugar and stir until completely dissolved. It takes some stirring to dissolve all that sugar. The mixture will look cloudy and be grainy at first. Keep stirring until it turns clear. Mixture will be tinted from the color of the vanilla. Allow to cool. Strain the mixture through a clean towel or cheesecloth.
I haven’t yet added the finished syrup to anything. But I did take a taste. And it was fantastic. I thought I loved the vanilla syrup you buy in the coffee aisle at the grocery. Now that I’ve made my own syrup, I realize that the store bought version has a distinct chemical flavor compared to the purity of what just came off the stove. I can’t wait to put this stuff in everything!
I wish I could put some vanilla syrup up for the giveaway this month! Unfortunately, current postal regulations prohibits mailing liquid. So I’ll stick to the original giveaway plan for April. A hemp flat! The flat is about 12″ x 12″. Perfect as a doubler in an overnight diaper or a trifolded insert for any pocket diaper. To enter, simply answer today’s question.
What is something of which you will only accept the homemade version?