Why does vanilla extract come in those little bottles?

By | May 15, 2011

I love this country, but sometimes it just has me mystified. Why is vanilla sold only in tiny little 50-ml bottles? And why is baking powder sold in those teeny-tiny packets?

My husband actually noticed these things before I did. As soon as he asked me about it, I wondered why it hadn’t seemed odd to me until then.

A quick Gchat with a friend showed we were not the only ones banging our heads over why the baking companies insist on using the smallest packaging possible. (She shared a pancake recipe that calls for exactly one packet of baking powder, though. That helped a bit.)

But really. If your husband eats as many muffins as mine, one little bottle of vanilla extract doesn’t last very long. (We actually have three of them in the fridge right now.)

I suggested a career change over dinner one night: Why not go into baking powder packaging, and spend my time pouring the stuff out of the little packets into large containers, then selling it for a profit?

My better half had another idea, which I loved right away. You can see the results here:

I married a genius, I know.

No more digging measuring spoons inside tiny packets. No more using clothespins five times the size of the packets to keep them shut. And best of all, my baking shelf is neat, organized, and easy to use. (Still waiting to refill that baking soda, though. I haven’t been able to find it since before Pesach.)

But…true confessions: I’m still planning to bring back a big box of baking powder when I go to the States this summer.

1 Comment

Sandy on May 14, 2014 at 5:44 pm.

Vanilla can be bought in different size bottles. I have a 16-oz bottle I bought at COSTCO. and in the past I have seen 2- and 4-oz bottles in the supermarket. As far as baking powder, it comes in containers in the baking aisle. I don’t know the size but it is more than a single portion. I prefer to make my own as I am allergic to corn and bp is made with corn starch. I use 1/2 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp cream of tartar and 1 tsp arrowroot, and this way I always have fresh bp.


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