Vanilla FAQs


What is the best way to store vanilla extract?

Vanilla extract is best stored at a cool to moderate room temperature (60-80°F) and in a dark environment. Kitchen cupboards are usually a great place to keep your vanilla extract, as long as you do not store it over a stove or near a heat source. Also, do not store vanilla extract in the refrigerator or freezer as low temperatures will cause vanilla extract to become cloudy.

What is the best way to store my gourmet vanilla beans

Vanilla beans are best when stored in a cool, dry and dark place. Keep vanilla beans away from heat and do not put into the refrigerator or freezer. After you have opened your beans, store them in a closed, airtight container such as a zip lock bag to keep them moist. Also store the opened vanilla beans in cool, dry and dark space.

It’s a fact. All vanillas are not equal. Rodelle Vanilla Extract is a superior vanilla ingredient that delivers a superior end result.

Rodelle’s vanilla extracts are certified kosher, gluten-free and contain no added sugars. Look for Rodelle vanilla products in your favorite grocery store and online!


What is the shelf life of my vanilla extract

When stored properly, vanilla extract will keep indefinitely, but using it within five years will allow for best flavor and aroma. Do not refrigerate or freeze, even after opening.

What is the shelf life of my vanilla beans

When stored properly, two years. Do not refrigerate or freeze, even after opening.


What is the nutritional information of Rodelle Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract has insignificant amounts of any nutrience when used at normal levels in cooking and baking; therefore it does not need to have a nutritional fact panel on the packaging. Since one teaspoon or tablespoon of vanilla extract is typically added to a recipe producing many servings, very little vanilla exists in each serving and the quantity of any nutrient added to the recipe is so small it cannot be calculated.

Does Rodelle Vanilla Extract contain any allergens

Rodelle Vanilla Extract does not contain any form of milk, wheat (including all sources of gluten), soy, peanuts, tree nuts, eggs, shellfish, or fish. All Rodelle Vanilla Extract is run on an isolated line to prevent cross contamination.


What is vanillin

Vanillin is one of over 250 flavor compounds in vanilla. Several tests can isolate and measure the natural vanillin content of pure vanilla extract, making vanillin a useful quality indicator. The best vanillas have high levels of vanillin. Imitation vanilla extracts are made using artificial vanillin, which can be produced from by-products of paper and petrochemical manufacturing.

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What is imitation vanilla extract made up of

Imitation vanilla extracts are made using artificial vanillin, which can be produced from by-products of paper and petrochemical manufacturing.

Why does vanilla extract contain alcohol

Vanilla extract is required by the government to contain 35% alcohol. Alcohol is the most effective way to extract flavor from vanilla beans, and the alcohol will evaporate when heated in cooking or baking. Liquid vanilla products made without alcohol are called vanilla flavoring.

What type of alcohol is used to make Rodelle Vanilla Extract

Rodelle Vanilla Extract is made from ethyl alcohol derived from corn. The ethyl alcohol does not contain any corn protein and is also gluten free.

Why do some vanilla extracts contain sweeteners

Sweeteners in vanilla extract serve multiple functions. Primarily, they are added to interact with the flavor compounds in vanilla which enhance the vanilla flavor and aroma in each bottle.

Do Rodelle vanilla extracts contain sweeteners

Rodelle’s Alcohol Free Vanilla Flavor contains a small amount of cane sugar. This sweetener helps keep the flavor mixed. Rodelle Vanilla Extracts are made without added sugar and sweeteners so that our consumers can add in (or leave out) as much as they desire to finished products.

Is Rodelle Vanilla Extract kosher

Rodelle Vanilla Extract is kosher certified by Scroll K, a nationally recognized certifying agency that ensures its products are in full compliance with the highest kosher standards. For more information regarding Scroll K: phone number is 303-595-9349Call: 303-595-9349 and website is www.scrollk.org.

Does Bourbon mean it has whiskey in it

No, Bourbon vanilla refers to the original islands where the French colonized and began growing vanilla for cultivation. Today any vanilla grown in the Madagascar region is referred to as “Bourbon” vanilla.

Can I make my own vanilla extract using vanilla beans

It is a common misconception that you can make your own extract by soaking vanilla beans in vodka or another alcohol. It is not that simple because there are many heating and pressurized elements that vanilla beans go through to make vanilla extract. However, you will end up making a great tasting vanilla vodka recipe!

Why does vanilla extract cost so much more than imitation

Vanilla is one of the most labor intensive crops in the world. It takes three years for a vine to produce vanilla beans and even when it is ready to flower, the pollination process must be done by hand. Then it takes another year for the bean to grow, be picked by hand, cured and shipped to its destination. Imitation vanillas are made from chemicals and other ingredients that imitate the taste of vanilla but do not go through the same process therefore do not have vanilla’s true flavors.

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Many people think that saffron is the world’s most labor-intensive crop however vanilla beans are also very complex crops. Of 25,000-30,000 orchid species, vanilla is the only one that produces an edible fruit, and each orchid must be hand pollinated within 24 hours of blossoming. Vanilla farmers are often plighted with weather conditions and complex supply chains. We closely monitor market conditions in the growing regions, and we strive to source consistently priced vanilla products of superior quality.

Rodelle is working toward the future by inserting ourselves deeper into the vanilla-growing regions by working directly with farmer cooperatives that will eliminate extraneous costs. Rodelle is committed to doing our part to make an impact by becoming fully sustainable in the vanilla growing regions.

How do you store vanilla extract in the fridge?

Vanilla extracts, like all flavorings, should be kept protected from light and heat in order to preserve their freshness. Keep your vanilla extracts stored in a plastic or glass container with the cap tightly sealed. The container can be stored in the refrigerator for up to six weeks with no loss of potency.

How long does vanilla extract keep?

Vanilla extract will keep up to a year (if not longer) if kept in a cool, dark place such as your kitchen cupboard. If you plan on storing it longer than one year in a very hot, humid location; please check the expiration dates found on the label prior to your use so you know when to open it and use it all up as soon as possible.

Should you refrigerate extracts?

The short answer is no. You don’t need to refrigerate your homemade vanilla extract. The long answer is that you can, if you like. For years, we refrigerated our vanilla extract but stopped when we realized it was unnecessary, and the vanilla was still great in baked goods after a year. Vanilla extract can be stored in a cool dark place for over a year but needs to be kept cool to retain the freshness of the beans used to make it. Refrigeration will maintain a longer shelf life but is not necessary if you are open to using your extract often (a matter of weeks) or plan on using up the entire bottle quickly.

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Can you store vanilla extract in a clear bottle?

Absolutely! You can store your homemade vanilla extract in any bottle, clear or opaque, as long as you store them in a cool dark place.

What happens if my homemade vanilla extract gets moldy?

There are only two things that will happen if your homemade vanilla extract becomes moldy: it won’t smell very good anymore, and you’ll have to throw it out. To avoid this from happening in the first place, be sure to keep your bottles stored in a cool dark place and use the caps to maintain freshness. Also make sure that the bottles are completely dry before sealing them so they don’t grow mold or mildew inside.

Should vanilla be kept in dark bottle?

We recommend keeping your vanilla extract in a dark bottle that’s tightly sealed. This will ensure that the good stuff is kept dark and protected from air, which can cause it to lose its potency. Be sure to also keep the vanilla extract stored in a cool place away from sunlight, as heat will cause it to evaporate faster.

Is vanilla extract expensive?

Vanilla beans are extremely labor-intensive and take time to grow before they can be picked, dried and processed into an extract. The price of vanilla fluctuates greatly because there are never any guarantees as to what the price of beans will be in a given year.

Does vanilla extract go bad?

Vanilla extracts, like all flavorings, should be kept protected from light and heat in order to preserve their freshness. Many people store their vanilla extracts in a cool dark place away from sunlight and heat. Refrigeration will maintain a longer shelf life but is not necessary if you are open to using your extract often (a matter of weeks) or plan on using up the entire bottle quickly.

Does vanilla extract need to be in an amber bottle?

Absolutely. We recommend using amber bottles to store your vanilla extract to help preserve the freshness of the flavor and prevent light from seeping in.

How do you dry vanilla beans?

To dry your vanilla beans, you can use a dehydrator at low heat or place them in a single layer on a tray and put it in a warm room (around 80 degrees) for 24 hours. The beans will turn from green to brown.

There are many forms of Vanilla Extracts available in the market. You can even make your own vanilla extract at home. But it is better to go with the branded vanilla extract brands as they follow a specific method of extraction and they also use high-quality ingredients to produce their extracts and also try to maintain a high quality standard of extracts.

You can get any form of vanilla extract you want, be it vanilla sugar (vanilla infused sugar), vanilla powder or liquid, as long as you choose the right one that suits your taste buds and baking requirements.