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post #21 of 125
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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post

I wanted to do vanilla last year, but getting it shipped to NZ is a pain and one guy wouldn't get back to me about bulk beans... so I sort of forgot about it. Also, most of my friends and family don't cook. I could give some to my parents (who wouldn't really get it, but my little sisters would bake with it), and some to my parents-in-law... oh, I guess SIL would like some. And maybe two other friends... OK, maybe it is worth doing!

Mostly I want to hoard it for myself though. orngtongue.gif So, anyone know the best place to get cheap good beans that ship internationally? Here in my city you can only buy them two at a time, for about $9 a pop. It's ridiculous.
Too bad my husband isn't going back to New Zealand this year.I'd get him to throw some in the mail in NewZealand.
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Originally Posted by AfricanQueen99 View Post

I use vodka, too. I've had some with beans in it for *years* and it. is. awesome. !! Seriously dump some beans in a bottle now and you'll have amazing vanilla by Christmas 2013. It's not a super cheap gift, but will be well loved.
But if you're able to split it up amongst a bunch of recipients,it's not too bad.
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Originally Posted by tbone_kneegrabber View Post

I always use vodka, usually Sky brand and it's great!  I always joke that for the first month it is just vanilla vodka and you can just drink it and the second month it is useless and then the third month it is finally extract!
Ha!

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Oooh, maybe I will make one of each!
yeah,now I want to taste test.
Edited by rere - 1/9/13 at 5:35pm
post #22 of 125
I order my vanilla beans from eBay. About a pound of beans for $25us.
post #23 of 125

OkiMom: Yeah, I've tried Amazon, but none of the shops I saw shipped to NZ. Which Amazon doesn't like to tell you until you're halfway through the transaction, because good grief how does that site keep going with its awful functionality and hideous design? Surely they can afford a redo?! Don't get me started...

 

I've never tried eBay. It scares me. I should give it a go though.

post #24 of 125
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by tbone_kneegrabber View Post

I order my vanilla beans from eBay. About a pound of beans for $25us.

 

How many beans does that usually equal out to?

post #25 of 125

I did some more sleuthing and found a place that sells them fairly cheaply. Actually I found a place that sold them even more cheaply, but a half-pound of beans was $24 and the shipping was $91! So, yeah, no. The new place packs them in a flat box and it costs about $16... much more civilised. :p Unfortunately my PayPal account is, like, $6 short, so I'll have to wait until next month. 

 

triana1326: The site I found (Amadeus Vanilla) said the number of beans per pound varies depending whether you buy regular, long or super-long beans (obviously), but the "regular/long" ones were listed at "approximately 110+ beans per pound", and the "super-long" ones as "approximately 90+ beans per pound". That's enough for a whole heckload of vanilla extract!

post #26 of 125
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post

I did some more sleuthing and found a place that sells them fairly cheaply. Actually I found a place that sold them even more cheaply, but a half-pound of beans was $24 and the shipping was $91! So, yeah, no. The new place packs them in a flat box and it costs about $16... much more civilised. :p Unfortunately my PayPal account is, like, $6 short, so I'll have to wait until next month. 

 

triana1326: The site I found (Amadeus Vanilla) said the number of beans per pound varies depending whether you buy regular, long or super-long beans (obviously), but the "regular/long" ones were listed at "approximately 110+ beans per pound", and the "super-long" ones as "approximately 90+ beans per pound". That's enough for a whole heckload of vanilla extract!

Smokering - how much was the price and can you give me the website link (PM if you need to)? For some reason nothing comes up when I google Amadeus Vanilla...silly google.

post #27 of 125

That's odd! Here's the link: Amadeus Vanilla Beans. I plan to buy half a pound of the extract-quality beans (ie. uneven lengths, not as moist and "pretty" as the gourmet beans, but apparently very good for extracting). They're $29.99 for the half-pound, plus $16 shipping - to New Zealand, that is, I imagine it'd be cheaper in the USA!

 

I don't know if it's the cheapest option for you... I found plenty of sites that sold bulk vanilla, but not many that shipped internationally. Still, given that it costs NZ$10 for a packet of TWO vanilla beans here, the Amadeus price doesn't seem too shabby!

post #28 of 125
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Smokering View Post

That's odd! Here's the link: Amadeus Vanilla Beans. I plan to buy half a pound of the extract-quality beans (ie. uneven lengths, not as moist and "pretty" as the gourmet beans, but apparently very good for extracting). They're $29.99 for the half-pound, plus $16 shipping - to New Zealand, that is, I imagine it'd be cheaper in the USA!

 

I don't know if it's the cheapest option for you... I found plenty of sites that sold bulk vanilla, but not many that shipped internationally. Still, given that it costs NZ$10 for a packet of TWO vanilla beans here, the Amadeus price doesn't seem too shabby!

Thank you!!!! I'll check it out later tonight.

post #29 of 125

Joining in here too, as I can already tell this is going to need to be a homemade holidays this year. We celebrate both Eid and Christmas, and Eid falls in August this year so I need to get busy. 

 

I only have to make gifts for dd, but I may make a few things to do as giveaways on my youtube channel.

post #30 of 125

I am starting on Christmas gifts as well :) I am hoping for a fully homemade Christmas this year.

post #31 of 125

Count me in again, Haven't done anything as yet, and I don't have any solid plans laid out, but I will. Soonish, since the first quarter of the year is gone already. Sigh. Where does the time go?

post #32 of 125
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Originally Posted by kitchensqueen View Post

, since the first quarter of the year is gone already. Sigh. Where does the time go?

 


Ahhhhh!

post #33 of 125

made 2 baby blankets for babies so far this year.... no plans for anything else.. im suffering from severe yarn withdrawls...

post #34 of 125
Ugh I need to start now.... Lol
post #35 of 125

6 months til the holidays... just posted in the frugal and finance area.  i have NOTHING done....  maybe i need the 'handmade holiday 2014' thread??

post #36 of 125
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Originally Posted by zebra15 View Post

6 months til the holidays... just posted in the frugal and finance area.  i have NOTHING done....  maybe i need the 'handmade holiday 2014' thread??

 

Hahaha you and me both. Where does the time go?

post #37 of 125
I need to get my vanilla beans ordered this week!
post #38 of 125

Ok,I feel like it's time to get serious!

 

Too bad I don't have too many ideas.HA!

 

I think I would like to make a simple lap quilt for my MIL.I always have such a hard time choosing fabric (or anything else)for her.She doesn't really seem to have a style.Her apartment is pretty much just beige.She has one giant painting in her living room but I don't think she is really drawn to it.I'm pretty sure her late husband bought it in the 70's and she just keeps it because she has it.I hesitate to make a quilt that matches the painting because I don't think it's her style but at the same time,it is the only color in the room.

 

Anyone getting anything done?

 

Anyone have some awesome ideas?

 

Maybe today I will try to get the Pleated Beauty Handbag from Amy Karol's book,made for my friend.Although a nap also sounds really nice.HA!
 

post #39 of 125

For your MIL how about just some 'color' in general.  Go with either a pallate of blues or yellows or anything really.  Pick some fabric that is cozy yet fun and timeless.  I think all apartments are that blah brown and beige and white.  Accent pieces can be such fun to spruce up the place (I know I have fun taking a white and tan apt and making it colorful and mine).

 

So i have nothing really done for the holidays.  I have 2 blankets that can be gifts or HH.

post #40 of 125
Phew!I finished the bag!Nap yesterday,bag today.

I like the way it turned out.I kinda want one for myself.:oJust what I need another bag.Ha!
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