Vanilla Market Update – May/June 2018

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The Vanilla Market is currently closed as suppliers wait until 2018 season officially opens in July. The opening date of the vanilla market for the past several years has coincided with Madagascar’s Independence Day (June 26th), but this year the vanilla market will open two weeks later on July 15th. The decision to delay the market opening stems from a conscious effort to increase vanilla quality in Madagascar and is predicted to have a positive effect.

Exports for this coming harvest will not start until October, and will not start arriving into the US until later in the 4th quarter. Current bean prices remain at all-time highs because the vast majority of 2017 crops were low quality due to premature picking. This took place because farmers were afraid of theft, and wanted to sell them as quickly as possible. We will have more information on bean quality of the 2018 crops after the market opens in July.

Other regions Uganda, Indonesia and India are still slow to come on board to increase inventories, but they are planting more vines and these beans will be available in the next few years. Once there is a greater supply of vanilla beans available, prices will drop. We continue to build our farmer networks in Madagascar and Uganda, and due to our vertical integration we remain very competitive on pricing within the industry.

Our farmer-owned association of vanilla farmers in Madagascar, Sahanala, is working hard to build trust to encourage vanilla farmers to improve their farming practices and increase output and quality from their vines. Sahanala has employed initiatives like dedicated health programs, a pension fund and rice bank donations to improve the daily lives of vanilla farmers and their families. With the associations’ fair market price and profit sharing, farmers have a greater incentive to register and participate in traceability programs. Rodelle can trace our vanilla back to the specific association and farmers who grew those vanilla beans. With this partnership, Rodelle has eliminated unnecessary links in our vanilla supply chain to provide a better product to our customers. Learn more about Rodelle’s supply chain and partnerships that are helping to shape the vanilla market of the future with our video here:

If you have questions about Rodelle’s vanilla products, feel free to reach out via email at <contact at rodelleinc dot com>!

 

Introducing Diane!

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Diane is a certified pro at canning – her blog, Canning and Cooking at Home, inspires countless home cooks to expand their techniques at home and practice safe canning techniques. Beyond her passion for canning, you’ll also find that Diane is an excellent baker and cook – we love the Colorado-inspired recipes that can be made anywhere.

Diane is our newest Rodelle Brand Ambassador and has been whipping up some amazing treats!

Decadent Chocolate Scones: Decadent Chocolate Scones are the perfect compliment to your day.  You’ll love the rich taste that this chocolate scone offers,  mixed with its light and airy traditional scone texture. This scone pairs perfectly with your morning coffee without leaving you feeling ‘overstuffed’ or ‘weighed down.’ Diane packed the best flavors into these beautiful pastries: Rodelle Vanilla, Rodelle Chocolate Extract and Rodelle Baking Cocoa.

Luscious Vanilla Bean and Lemon Curd Cheesecake: Diane took her cheesecake to the next level with this recipe. Combining lemon curd with a great tasting homemade cheesecake infused with one of the best vanilla pastes – it’s a winning combination!

Easy Vanilla Bean Custard: Do you want something more along the lines of a custard but, don’t have the time for making my traditional Pot de Creme?  Try my easier “stove-top” version.  This is a wonderful treat and even better when served with fresh fruit.

Check out Canning and Cooking at Home for your canning inspiration and stay for more delicious recipes!

 

7 Memorial Day Recipes to Start Summer Right

Memorial Day is a time to honor those who have served, gather with friends and family, and start summer off with a backyard cookout. Make this holiday extra memorable with fresh and unique bites from the Rodelle kitchen. Here are just a few of our favorite Memorial Day recipes to kick the summer off in style:

Homemade Chocolate S'mores - Triple the chocolate with: homemade chocolate Graham crackers, chocolate marshmallows, and chocolate bar squares - these treats elevate any bonfire!

  1. Homemade Triple Chocolate S’mores

Gather ’round the fire pit and get your kumbaya on…it’s time to roast some marshmallows and make s’mores! Our homemade chocolate s’mores aren’t your typical s’mores, though – they combine made-from-scratch chocolate graham crackers and specially flavored marshmallows for a truly delectable summer treat.

View Homemade Chocolate S’mores recipe

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  1. Raspberry Jam and Vanilla Bean Celebration Cake

Celebrate the start of summer with this mouthwatering dessert! Made from fresh Rodelle ingredients, this recipe layers moist vanilla cake with raspberry jam, which is topped off with a homemade champagne buttercream frosting.

View Raspberry Jam and Vanilla Bean Celebration Cake recipe

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  1. Vegan Coconut Black Sesame Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl

Have a vegan guest attending your Memorial Day bash? No problem! This coconut black sesame ice cream is a crowd pleaser for vegans and non-vegans alike. Whip up the ice cream using coconut cream and maple syrup, and add the strawberry and vodka swirl for an extra kick.

View Vegan Coconut Black Sesame Ice Cream with Strawberry Swirl recipe

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  1. Lemon Lime Tartlets

Fresh, tangy and scrumptious, these lemon lime tartlets are perfect for a summer dessert. This easy recipe combines zesty lemon and lime flavors for a meringue filling, which is served over a crunchy graham cracker crust.

View Lemon Lime Tartlets recipe

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  1. Rodelle Tenderizing Marinades

Every Memorial Day BBQ needs a delicious marinade or two! Rodelle’s marinade recipes step outside of the traditional box to explore new and delightful flavors. Our red wine marinade, white wine marinade and balsamic marinade are all the perfect addition to any steak or chicken breast.

View Rodelle Tenderizing Marinades recipe

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  1. Raspberry Shortcake

An easy-to-make shortcake, homemade vanilla bean whipped cream, and juicy raspberries! Who could ask for anything more? Want a festive dessert? Add in blueberries and strawberries for a little pop of patriotic color!

View Raspberry Shortcake recipe

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BONUS: Grilled Salmon, Potato and Tomato Kebabs

Take your neighborhood BBQ to the next level with this fabulous recipe from Floating Kitchen, one of our brand ambassadors. These unconventional kebabs combine salmon filet, seasoned potatoes and tomatoes, brushed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, for a spectacular main course dish.

View Grilled Salmon, Potato and Tomato Kebabs recipe

 

Make your Memorial Day gathering extra special this year with a little pizzazz coming out of the kitchen!

Celebrate Mom – 5 Mother’s Day Recipes

She kissed your bruises when you were a kid, had your back as a teenager and gives you great advice as an adult. No one can take the place of a mother, and it seems inadequate that we only celebrate her one day out of the year.

This year, show your mom just how special she is by treating her to some delicious homemade creations. Here are just a few to get you started:

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  1. Vanilla Bean Chocolate Cake

You can’t go wrong with classic chocolate cake…and this decadent dessert puts an exceptional twist on the classic. Combine the best cocoa powder and vanilla frosting for a rich, moist indulgence. Garnish with chocolate shavings for the finishing touch!

View Vanilla Bean Chocolate Cake recipe

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  1. Homemade Vanilla Lotion

Rodelle vanilla isn’t just for edible gifts! Combine vanilla with Shea butter, coconut oil, beeswax, apricot oil and Vitamin E oil for an all-natural (and sweetly scented!) lotion. This gift is unique and perfect for all moms.

View Vanilla Lotion recipe

Calling all Lemon Lovers! Lemon pound cake with a delicious lemon glaze!

  1. Lemon Pound Cake with Lemon Glaze

This delightful dessert is a perfect blend of citrusy zest and a sweet spin. Using Rodelle Vanilla and Rodelle Lemon Extract, this pound cake has the traditional crumb and dense texture that allows it to be enjoyed either as a dessert or afternoon coffee cake.

View Lemon Pound Cake recipe

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  1. Rodelle Tiramisu

They say presentation is everything and this adorable dessert presents so well that it’s almost too pretty to eat (almost). This tiramisu layers neatly in small jars so it’s not only scrumptious but mess-free as well. Rich in flavor and using the best Rodelle ingredients, mom is sure to love this tiramisu.

View Rodelle Tiramisu recipe

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BONUS! Gluten Free Banana Bread French Toast

Instead of taking mom out for Mother’s Day brunch this year, treat her to a homemade brunch! This banana bread French toast from one of our brand ambassadors, What the Fork, combines sweet banana bread, fresh bananas, walnuts and French toast batter for a tasty morning treat. Plus, it’s kid-friendly and gluten-free so everyone can enjoy it!

View Banana Bread French Toast recipe

Make Mother’s Day extra-memorable this year with fresh and fabulous gifts from the kitchen. Enjoy!

 

6 Spring Recipes from Our Brand Ambassadors

Our loyal brand ambassadors have been busy whipping up countless delicious recipes this spring! Using Rodelle products, they have made treats, sweets, drinks and more. Step into spring the Rodelle way and try some of these mouthwatering homemade creations. Here are just six of our favorites:

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  1. Apple Upside Down Cake from Kelly Lynn’s Sweets and Treats

Apples aren’t just for fall! This fun recipe puts a twist on traditional pineapple upside down cake and uses apples instead. The tasty dessert combines Granny Smith apples, Rodelle’s vanilla extract and fresh baking ingredients for a light and fruity finish to any springtime meal.

View Apple Upside Down Cake recipe

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  1. Fresh Grapefruit Sangria from Will Cook for Smiles

This recipe will have you imagining a seaside resort and Caribbean sunset! No need to travel to the tropics for a taste of paradise – you can enjoy fresh grapefruit sangria in your own home. This simple drink uses white wine, grapefruit, rum, soda and a whole Rodelle vanilla bean to enhance the sweetness and bring out the flavor.

View Fresh Grapefruit Sangria recipe

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  1. Orange Sherbet from Vanilla and Bean

A light palate cleanser on the back porch is the perfect way to end a springtime meal! This orange sherbet combines fresh mandarin oranges, Rodelle vanilla extract, coconut milk, orange zest, lemon juice and a couple other odds and ends for a delightfully refreshing indulgence.

View Orange Sherbet recipe

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  1. Carrot Garden Cupcakes from The Taylor House

What’s more springy than a dessert topped with a carrot decoration?! These delectable cupcakes use Rodelle cocoa powder for a rich and moist texture. Plus, the kids will have a blast making the carrot decorations with orange and white candy melts.

View Carrot Garden Cupcakes recipe

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  1. Mango Turmeric Smoothie Bowl from A Cookie Named Desire

Smoothie bowls have become quite the trend, and it’s not hard to see why! Not only is this mango turmeric smoothie bowl like a scoop of sunshine, but it’s full of antioxidants and vitamin C. Using Rodelle turmeric, fresh fruit and coconut milk, this bowl makes for a great breakfast, power snack or healthy dessert.

View Mango Turmeric Smoothie Bowl recipe

Almond Date Energy Balls from Wonky Wonderful

  1. Almond Date Energy Balls from Wonky Wonderful

A homemade nutritious power snack is hard to come by, but these almond date energy balls hit the nail on the head! Using Rodelle Ceylon Cinnamon and other all-natural ingredients, this snack is delicious yet healthy as well. Plus, it is Paleo compliant, gluten free, grain free and vegan so anyone can enjoy them!

View Almond Date Energy Balls recipe

Wishing all our baking friends a happy spring and much luck in the kitchen!