Originally Posted by QSis
How did you prepare them as gifts, Betty?
I made some pepper jelly last year with some hot peppers that grow in my back yard. I attached seeds from the plant to the jelly jars.
Then I filled a large Tupperware type of container with 10 pounds of sugar and stuck the beans down into the sugar to distribute them evenly. I covered the container and let it sit for 2 months. At the end of the 2 months I had vanilla sugar.
I then purchased some small decretive glass jars that held around 2 cups each; I put 6 or 7 beans in each jar and filled the jar with the vanilla sugar and placed pretty ribbons on the jars along with index cards with recipes to use the vanilla sugar and the beans. I used a hole punch to punch a hole in the corner of each card and tied them to the jar with some of the ribbon.
We exchange gifts with my husband’s brothers and sisters and mine as well. We also have some very close friends that we include in our family gatherings. It can get very expensive very quickly so I try to make something myself that’s unusual that people will enjoy and that they would not make for themselves. Even at $150.00 for 1/2 pound of vanilla beans I got off cheap.
I plan to make up several liters of vanilla extract this year and find some decorative bottles to put it in. Then I will give the extract, some vanilla beans and the recipe on how to make more extract.
In my research into making vanilla extract I’ve come across the mention of infusing vanilla flavor into liquor with the purpose of drinking it. I plan to do some more research on that and I may include that into my gift giving since I have found such an inexpensive source of vanilla beans.