The best way to split a vanilla bean!

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If you’re familiar with Rodelle, you’ll know that we produce fine vanilla extracts and other baking essentials. We also sell high-quality, gourmet vanilla beans. Vanilla beans are what give our extracts their flavor; they provide bakers with another option to enhance their recipes with the rich flavors of vanilla.

You’ve probably noticed that some recipes call for vanilla extract, and others call for vanilla beans. Often times, you can use the two interchangeably: brownies, cookies, pies. Other times, you’ll probably want to use vanilla beans if your recipe calls for it. Ice cream and creme brulee are two examples where vanilla beans will not only add a visually appealing effect to your recipe (those lovely black flecks) but also add a creamy, vanilla element that extracts are not able to achieve in these recipes.

We encourage you to try out baking with vanilla beans, especially if you haven’t tried it before! Don’t be intimidated! Look for Rodelle vanilla beans online or in stores. Once you’ve selected your recipe (we’ve got a few ideas here), follow these easy steps to incorporate your vanilla bean:

  1. Take the vanilla bean “pod” and lay it flat on a cutting surface.
  2. Use a sharp knife (we recommend a paring knife) and slice the vanilla bean down the middle, lengthwise, creating two long halves.
  3. Next, take the BACK side of the knife and run it down the length of each split “pod” to collect “the seeds.”
  4. You can use one “split and scraped” vanilla bean in place of one teaspoon of vanilla extract in any recipe.

Want some more instruction? Check out this helpful video tutorial:

That’s it! We hope that you’ll try to use whole vanilla beans in some of your recipes this year!

Vanilla Bean Creme Brulee

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This is our new favorite Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée recipe! It’s the best, traditional Vanilla Bean Crème Brûlée recipe yet! Rich, creamy and very vanilla! With two whole gourmet Rodelle vanilla beans, you know the pure flavor shows through in this dessert. What makes this even more incredible is the double layer of caramelized sugar topping – the cracking and tapping on the top is half of the fun!

Crème Brûlée can be an intimidating recipe for some because there are a few steps and a lot of resting/chilling periods. While it may take a while, the process is rather straight forward – there isn’t too much guess work involved and that’s why we love this recipe. To make it even easier – we broke the steps down in this how to video!

Watch How to Make Crème Brûlée! 

When you are ready to try this delicious, fancy dessert – let us know!

Rodelle Reserve is here!

Rodelle Reserve French Oak Aged Vanilla Extract

Rodelle is so excited to launch our newest, ultra-premium vanilla extract! Rodelle Reserve French Oak Aged Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract…at a suggested retail price of $50 for a 6.75 ounce bottle, Rodelle Reserve elevates the company’s already highly-regarded line of superior baking essentials by being the first of its kind available. This high-end gourmet vanilla extract is for savvy consumers; Rodelle Reserve is an exciting announcement for the company.

Eighty years in the making, Rodelle Reserve is one of the most complex and carefully crafted vanilla extracts now available. Founded in 1936, Rodelle has produced high-quality vanilla products for both professional and home baking applications. Rodelle Reserve celebrates the traditional aspects of vanilla manufacturing while utilizing the most-advanced extraction techniques of today to create a luxury vanilla product. Rodelle’s process engineers carefully crafted small batches of two-fold, pure vanilla extract with premium quality gourmet vanilla beans handpicked from Madagascar. Then, like Rodelle’s process in the 1930’s, the vanilla was aged for months in French Oak barrels to enhance the natural flavors and aromas inherent in vanilla extract. Dr. Krishna Bala, co-founder of Rodelle, explains: “Aging vanilla in oak barrels softens the harsher elements of the alcohol that all vanilla extracts must contain, while smoothing out complex vanilla flavors and increasing the intensity by generating more flavor molecules.” The flavors found in Rodelle Reserve are unlike any other vanilla extract.

Rodelle Reserve offers a small-batch vanilla experience that was previously unavailable to consumers. The flavors and quality found in Rodelle Reserve will enhance any baking occasion from an everyday experience to a memory that your family will cherish forever. In addition to the superior quality of Rodelle Reserve, Rodelle carefully packaged and presents the vanilla as a beautiful addition for any home. From stunning, imported Italian glass bottles to a made-to-fit pour-spout cap, each bottle of Rodelle Reserve is unique. Rodelle’s team also carefully selected one whole gourmet Madagascar Bourbon vanilla bean to be added to each bottle, so no two bottles will be the same.

Rodelle Reserve brings the quality standard of professional bakers into the home to make make bakers’ dreams come true. “Rodelle has pioneered vanilla traditions and processes since 1936,” says Joe Basta, co-founder of Rodelle, Inc. “Rodelle Reserve is the best vanilla extract available with the purest of ingredients and a vintage feel that honors the heritage of the world’s favorite flavor,” he says. “Rodelle is excited to launch this innovative, luxury vanilla extract,” Basta concludes.

For more details on Rodelle Reserve and the history of Rodelle, visit http://rodelle.co/reserve. Rodelle Reserve is available online at Amazon.com and in the near future at select retailers.