I’m often asked where I recommend you buy vanilla beans to make homemade vanilla extract. You have checked into making homemade vanilla, right?! :) Ooh, it’s so delicious…and easy…and can save you a lot of money!
I recently began a new batch of homemade vanilla extract but since I don’t purchase vanilla beans very often, I didn’t have a “go-to” source for them. I did a little research, and liked Olive Nation as they appeared to have a high quality vanilla bean for a very reasonable price, plus they offered free shipping. So I ordered a pound of vanilla beans from Olive Nation.
When my vanilla beans arrived just a few short days later I was very, very impressed. The beans were shipped very promptly. They were packaged very nicely. The beans were excellent quality.
I thought to myself, “I like how these people do business. I’m going to contact them.”
So I did….and they agreed to give all of you a discount on vanilla beans!!! They already offer free shipping and reasonable prices, so for them to offer a 10% discount on top of that for Heavenly Homemaker’s readers is awfully nice, wouldn’t you think?
If you order your vanilla beans through Olive Nation and use the code: home you’ll receive a 10% discount on any size order of vanilla beans. Plus free shipping. Plus receive prompt service. Plus receive excellent quality vanilla beans.
When I did the math on how much it would cost me to make a big batch of homemade vanilla using beans from Olive Nation and inexpensive vodka from the store…it ended up being around $1.65 per four ounces!!!!! That’s less than 1/3 of the price I would normally pay for a four ounce bottle of real vanilla extract!!! So, yes making homemade vanilla does save money. Plus the homemade vanilla you make using this method makes very strong vanilla…so you can use half of what a recipe calls for! More savings!!!
The process I use for making homemade vanilla takes about six months, but if you want to start a batch now and have it ready for Christmas gifts…it will still work (if you hurry and get it started!!)…it just won’t be quite as strong as if you’d given it the full six months to “extract”. I say go for it! Your family and friends will love it and you will have made them a wonderful gift at a very low cost to you.
I’d like to thank Olive Nation again for offering the coupon code (home) to all of Heavenly Homemakers readers. Be sure to check them out…I was very pleased with their service and prices and I think you will be too!