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Why You Should Have Vanilla Extract In Your Kitchen Cabinet

Why You Should Have Vanilla Extract In Your Kitchen Cabinet

No home is complete without a kitchen. And no kitchen is complete without a well-stocked kitchen cabinet. A kitchen cabinet holds the secret to the dishes that one brings to life in their kitchen. From pantry staples, homemade masalas, powders for recipes passed down for generations, and quick-fix meal options, a pantry has it all. What about vanilla? Read on to discover how this coveted ingredient is more than just a baking staple and is a must-have in your kitchen cabinet. What is Vanilla? Fine Vanilla is a work of nature perfected through traditional processes. Post the labour-intensive harvest, the...

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10 Surprising Ways to Use Vanilla Extract In Our Day to Day Life

10 Surprising Ways to Use Vanilla Extract In Our Day to Day Life

You’ve got one, we’ve got one, pretty much everyone has one too! Yes, we’re talking about our trusted bottle of vanilla extract that is a pantry staple in just about every kitchen and home. Be it top chefs from Michelin Star restaurants or even modest home bakers and cooks, pure vanilla extract is one indispensable ingredient that is worth having. The culinary applications of vanilla are numerous and no one can deny the sublime sweetness, nuance and opulence that pure vanilla brings to a dish.  But did you know that vanilla can be used in ways you didn’t know before?...

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How To Make Healthy Treats With Vanilla Extract

How To Make Healthy Treats With Vanilla Extract

The goodness of vanilla is universally known, loved and accepted. The sublime sweetness and unparalleled characteristics go beyond mere flavour and is a great ingredient to boost good health and wellbeing. Natural vanilla is packed with antioxidants but the same cannot be said about imitation vanilla. Artificial vanilla uses synthesised compounds to mimic the taste of real vanilla and does not contain the same health benefits.  Vanilla also has fewer calories and carbohydrates while compared to sugar and other flavouring agents, which makes it an apt substitute for sugar in recipes and baking. It also promotes a heart-healthy lifestyle when...

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The Differences Between Grade A and Grade B Vanilla Beans

The Differences Between Grade A and Grade B Vanilla Beans

To understand the differences between Grade A and Grade B Vanilla Beans, let’s begin by understanding this opulent spice first.  Vanilla is one of the world's most labour-intensive crops. The orchid plant flowers once a year over a period of approximately two months with large, fragrant and waxy flowers. They usually open in the early morning and are receptive to pollination for about 6 hours. A single plant can produce any number of flowers; however, a single flower can produce only one bean. Different curing methods are used around the world, but the ultimate goal is to produce dark brown,...

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