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Making Vanilla Sugar

Making Vanilla Sugar -

Most of the time, I use vanilla sugar as my regular sugar. And that is because it is SO easy to make.

Whenever a baking or canning recipe calls for a vanilla bean, it usually means scraping out the seeds for the recipe and/or soaking the bean in liquid and then removing it before carrying on with the recipe.

Well…do NOT throw that bean away after that! Those things are expensive and they are still packed with flavor!!!

Instead, make vanilla sugar.

All you do is dry off the used bean (if it is wet) and then soak it in a container of sugar for a few weeks before discarding it.

That’s it!

The bean will impart its last bit of flavor into the sugar before moving on to the compost (or you can then make vanilla extract with it). You can use vanilla sugar just as you would regular sugar in:

  • Cookies
  • Beverages
  • Cocktails
  • Etc…etc…

So next time you have a vanilla bean left over, throw it into your sugar! So easy.

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About the Author:

Theresa Loe is the founder of Living Homegrown® and the Canning Academy® and is the Co-Executive Producer & Canning Expert on the national PBS gardening series, Growing A Greener World®. Theresa homesteads on just 1/10th of an acre in Los Angeles with her husband, two teenage boys and several disorderly but totally adorable chickens. Learn more about Living Homegrown here and about the Canning Academy here.


  • elizabeth says:

    Yes! Frugality is such a satisfying thing! Love these kinds of ideas. Thanks Theresa 🙂

  • Only this morning, I dusted the tops of my fresh-baked blueberry scones with sugar. Your vanilla sugar would have made a wonderful little taste explosion in the mouth that isn’t there with plain. Terrific tip! Sharing every way I can.

  • Liz says:

    Have you ever tried this with beans that were used to make vanilla extract? Would there be enough flavor left in them to make it worthwhile?

  • Stephanie says:

    This is especially awesome when making vanilla ice cream. We recycle the plastic creamer containers to make vanilla sugar, and then it has a handy pour spout. 🙂

  • Halcyon_House says:

    This sounds great… how does it taste in coffee? Can you notice the vanilla flavour?

  • Amy P. says:

    I am using this tip all the time now! I just made my last batch of strawberry jam with vanilla sugar.

  • Mariana M. says:

    Hey, i’m a big fan of you and your blog! Nice article, i’ll try this at home! Greetings from Germany, Mari.

  • I didn’t know that it could be so easy. You inspired me to try this tip and I will definitely put it in my favourite muffins.

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