I don’t know about you, every time I walk by the spices I gawk at the fresh vanilla beans! I really wish I could afford to buy the ones in the store, but they run at least $2.50-$3 per bean!
(Yeah. No thanks!)
I have not purchased vanilla extract in a LONG time because I have a very large bottle from a friend who was in the Dominican Republic not long ago. They sell vanilla there by the gallon, and it’s just a few dollars for the gallon. No lie!
But I’ve got good news…there are currently 2 great deals right now for vanilla beans on Amazon! You could purchase the larger amount and make a ginormous batch of homemade vanilla extract. Or you could buy a smaller package for a little more per bean and use them to make homemade vanilla bean ice cream, vanilla bean frosting, or some of this Raspberry Vanilla Bean Bread Pudding!
The 2 Vanilla Bean Deals
Premium Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Beans – 16 beans - $9.48, with free shipping, or $.59 each. (This is the deal that I got, as I don’t need 54 vanilla beans!)
Premium Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Beans – 1/2 lb. – Approx. 54 beans – $22.29, with free shipping, or $.41 each.
And please check out The Thrifty Mama’s Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe, complete with cost breakdown and all! It’s very low maintenance, and is definitely cheaper in the long run…especially if you do a lot of baking!
And what makes Amazon deals even sweeter?! If you don’t have to pay cash out of pocket…use those Swagbucks credits to get these “free!”