Making Your own vanilla extract …

Madagascar #1 Chefs Choice 1 lb
Madagascar #1 Chefs Choice 1 lb 

… with Rainforest Spice Madagascar Vanilla beans.

For more information on obtaining our beans write to:
sales@rainforestspice.com

Vanilla Extract
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Prep Time
5 min.
Passive Time
3 months
Prep Time
5 min.
Passive Time
3 months
Vanilla Extract
Print Recipe
Prep Time
5 min.
Passive Time
3 months
Prep Time
5 min.
Passive Time
3 months
Instructions
  1. 1. Use a knife to split the vanilla beans open lengthwise, stopping one inch from the end of each bean.
  2. 2. Place the cut beans in a glass container, and cover with vodka.
  3. 3. Make sure the beans are completely submerged. Push down any that aren't.
  4. 4. Secure the lid; and store in a cool, dark place.
  5. 5. Allow the extract to develop for at least three months before using, shaking at least once or twice a week.
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Rhubarb Custard

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Rhubarb Custard
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A wonderful Rhubarb Custard using RAINFOREST SPICE vanilla extract!
Rhubarb Custard
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A wonderful Rhubarb Custard using RAINFOREST SPICE vanilla extract!
Ingredients
Servings:
Instructions
  1. 3 egg whites beaten in a large bowl combine ingredients Bake 450- 10 min 350 – 30 min or until tester is clean Cover with whipped egg whites and bake until browned
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The Attributes of Bee Propolis

Propolis is a resinous mixture that honey bees collect from tree buds, sap flows, or other botanical sources. It is used as a sealant, antiseptic, antivirus and antifungal, by the bees to protect their hive. As an emollient, studies also indicate that it may be effective in treating skin burns.

Unlike chemical antibiotics, which end up trying to destroy all the bacteria in the body (even the bacteria that is necessary for a healthy body), propolis only focuses on the bad bacteria that is causing illness.  Propolis has proven antibiotic and antiseptic properties and may also have antiviral and anti-inflammatory effects.

It should be considered safe and useful as a home remedy. You can find it in various forms in health food stores or get the raw stuff from beekeeper friends at Rainforest Spice. It is recommended as a good topical treatment for uncomplicated wounds. When used as a gargle or in spray form, It is a remedy for sores and irritations in the mouth. I use propolis in tincture form to treat canker sores and sore throats.

Cautions should be followed. If you have had an allergic or hypersensitivity reaction to bee stings or bee products (including honey), you could react to propolis in the same way.

We at Rainforest Spice use only the purest locally produced propolis available. To reorder contact: sales@rainforestspice.com.

For educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure.

The Benefits of Beeswax

Beeswax candles are naturally dripless and smokeless, and they tend to have a longer burn time than candles made from other waxes.

Some of our handcrafted candles

Some of our handcrafted candles

Beeswax also burns clean and purifies the air at the same time! In addition to supporting sustainable beekeeping, the consumption of beeswax candles is also good for the air we breathe. Unlike paraffin candles, which are made with a petroleum-based wax, beeswax candles have a completely clean non-toxic burn and produce negative ions when burning.

Negative Ions
These charged molecules are created when air molecules break apart because of sunlight, radiation, or the movement of air and water. The number of negative ions in an environment can vary greatly depending on the environment. For example, Yosemite Falls has approximately 100,000 negative ions per cubic centimeter as opposed to anywhere from a hundred to none in the average office or home.

Positive in a variety of ways:
Negative ions relieve stress, boost energy and alertness levels, reduce the amount of dust mites and dander in the air, and they may help protect against airborne germs by attaching to positively charged ions that are holding other contaminants airborne.

How do negative ions work?
It is unknown exactly why negative ions affect the body in such a positive manner. Theories about how they work include:

  • They cause a biochemical reaction that increases serotonin levels
  • They increase the flow of oxygen to the brain
  • They stimulate the pituitary gland, which regulates the endocrine glands including the adrenal and thyroid glands