5 Ingredients or Fewer

Homemade vanilla powder

July  9, 2010
2 Ratings
  • Serves a lot
Author Notes

I'm a sucker for homemade...everything, and a hater of waste. While I haven't done the tomato ketchup home variety, I've sugar-preserved blood oranges, made citrus salts and vanilla extract. Recently, I added vanilla powder to the list, by accident. An attempt to plump up my beans in the microwave resulted in crisp pods....which crumbled in my hands. Moments later, all blitzed up, I had vanilla powder. It is easy to make it and is far cheaper than buying......so go ahead, give it a try, especially if you tire of putting yet another empty pod in sugar! —Kitchen Butterfly

What You'll Need
  • vanilla pods (whole/deseeded)
  1. Microwave vanilla pods on your highest setting, for 20 - 30 seconds or more till the pods puff up and become crisp. Note that it will depend on various factors how quickly this happens. 1) The dryness of the pores prior to heating and 2) Your microwave.
  2. Once puffed up, let cool down and then blitz in your food processor/spice grinder/coffee grinder till smooth.
  3. Store in an airtight container (and refrigerate).
  4. When a recipe calls for extract, use half the amount of vanilla powder.
  5. I love the fact that it has an amazing smell and flavour but it also gives you the speckles of vanilla seeds. It is also perfect for people who don't take alcohol for religious or other reasons.
  6. Uses - make a compound butter with a spoonful of maple syrup and lemon zest for a delicious and scented breakfast spread. Add some to your next batch of curd, from lemon to orange…and even coconut milk and lime. Sprinkle some in olive oil, along with a pinch of red chili pepper and serve as a simple dip with bread. And of course, make on-the-fly vanilla sugar and salt, without waiting weeks to infuse via dried up pods

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5 Reviews

nogaga July 3, 2011
I don't have a microwave... Did you ever try this using the oven-drying method? I can imagine how great my kitchen would smell!
Kitchen B. July 12, 2010
Thanks, I am planning on trying out the oven drying before pulverising. I'll update this when I'm done. Enjoy making your own fragrant vanilla powder
theicp July 12, 2010
This is great! I love it when things like this just sort of happen. This would be great mixed with a little sugar and cinnamon and sprinkled on American biscuits. Will have to try this! (Plus it'll give me an excuse to buy vanilla pods. Something I've always wanted to do but never have.)
So do I!! I'm trying this!
Rivka July 9, 2010
I LOVE this idea!