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post #16 of 28
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Where is the best place to by the mexican, madagascan,tahitian 16 oz Vanilla from?

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post #17 of 28
Make your own. Buy vodka. Buy good beans from Vanilla Products USA. Split beans, scrape, chop, add all to vodka until you're out of room.Shake bottle once a week or when you remember to. 4 months later....best vanilla you could ever have. And the cheapest.
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www.vanillaproductsusa.com Answers to all life's questions can be found there. And if not, Google can cover the rest.
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Get some paste while you're at it. It's not the foo foo Nielsenn Massey type either, it's unsweetened, knock your socks off die hard paste.
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post #20 of 28
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Thanks for that,

Just had a look , would a pound of A grade madagascar beans do the trick?

Is it really as good as the two fold brought stuff, seems too easy?

It is amazing the things you learn on here.

Thanks again

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post #21 of 28
AZCouture, you've inspired me to make my own vanilla extract! Which beans give the best flavor? All the extract I have is from Madagascar beans.
post #22 of 28

I have been making my own vanilla extract for 3 years now and I love it!!!  It smells devine and taste so much better than store bought.  My friends prefer it to Penzey's and some other well known brands.  I am not knocking Penzeys, because I love their spices.


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post #23 of 28

and does the brand of vodka make a difference?  Which do you use?

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post #24 of 28

I was told you don't need a high grade/dollar vodka. I use something (not brand specific) like $12-$15 a bottle.  I actually prefer ones with a good lid because of opening and closing it so much.  I just use that for my vanilla extract bottle.

post #25 of 28

I have a friend who just starting making it. She is using Belvedere. I was doing some research and the article said to use the cheapest you could find because the flavors of the expensive kind could drown out the vanilla flavor.

post #26 of 28

Wow! This is such a great thread. I have 2 questions:

 

1) I made vanilla using "Smirnoff". How long is it good for? I just found a bottle in my pantry that I'd started 2 years ago *yikes*!

 

2) I'm looking to make  'cosmo' cocktail cakes. Has anyone ever tried adding vodka or any other type of alcohol to SMBC?

 

Thanks!

post #27 of 28
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Wow! This is such a great thread. I have 2 questions:

 

1) I made vanilla using "Smirnoff". How long is it good for? I just found a bottle in my pantry that I'd started 2 years ago *yikes*!

 

2) I'm looking to make  'cosmo' cocktail cakes. Has anyone ever tried adding vodka or any other type of alcohol to SMBC?

 

Thanks!

Vanilla last a very long time from what I understand. I wouldn't worry about yours that is 2 years old. Alcohol acts as a preservative from what I have read.

 

 Sorry, but I can't help you with your second question.

post #28 of 28
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 I actually prefer ones with a good lid because of opening and closing it so much.  I just use that for my vanilla extract bottle.

Hey that's a good thought.  Thanks for the tip!

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