Last year when I threw my sisters baby shower( you can view the awesome-ness here ), I didn’t want to give away a favor that was a cheap-y piece of plastic or something that someone was just going to throw away. I was going to make homemade jam to send home with the guests, but I just didn’t feel like all of that work, so I decided on Vanilla Sugar.
Vanilla Sugar is something I ALWAYS have on hand. I have a continual container of sugar that I just throw my used vanilla beans in, so I always have vanilla sugar to use in my baked goods, coffee, oatmeal…etc.
Vanilla Beans can be SUPER CRAZY expensive if you buy them at the store. I purchase mine in bulk on ebay for a considerably lower price.
I also gave homemade sugar to my kids teachers at the beginning of the year. Homemade gifts are always the best.
I made this batch pretty big because I had to make like 50 Mason pint jars of it, but the ratio of sugar to vanilla bean I used was
2 cups sugar to 1 vanilla bean.
* You can keep vanilla sugar on hand indefinitely. Anytime you use a vanilla bean, just toss it into your sealed sugar container and give it a shake.
*If you are making vanilla sugar for the first time and plan to keep it on hand, allow the vanilla bean to do its magic for about 2 weeks in a sealed container w/ the sugar. Give it a shake every so often.
To package it all nice and pretty, see below….