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Old 10-15-2017, 11:04 PM
 
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OP, if you try Penzey's, be sure to register and sign up for their catalog. They are very generous with sending coupons for free products. I have been shopping Penzey's for years and they treat their customers vey well.

And when you sign up, you will get a good number of POLITICAL e-mails from Bill Penzey, all unsolicited, I might add.

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Old 10-16-2017, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia/South Jersey area
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I make my own vanilla extract and I use vodka. Here is a tip for you if you're going to make your own extract and this will allow you to extract 100% of the full strength vanilla flavour into the alcohol.

It is the tiny seeds inside the vanilla bean pods that actually contain the vanilla flavour, it is not the pods, and the seeds can only impart about 50% of their flavour through the bean pod when they are tightly enclosed inside it. To make proper full strength extract you need to split the vanilla bean pods open so that the tiny seeds inside the pods are fully exposed to the alcohol, or better yet, scrape them out of the pods so they will float freely in the liquid, along with the split bean pods. The dried pods are easier to cut and split open and scrape the seeds if you let the pods soak overnight first in the alcohol to re-hydrate and soften.

Depending on how much strength of vanilla flavour you want, it takes 2 to 6 weeks to extract all the flavour (6 weeks is best) so you will need to taste it once a week to determine how it's coming along. While it is extracting you need to be sure to give the liquid a stir or a good shake twice a week.

When the flavour has been extracted to your satisfaction you can strain the liquid off through a fine mesh strainer or through a coffee filter so there are no seeds and pods left in the liquid, or you can safely let the pods and seeds remain in the liquid.

If you leave them in the alcohol they will not go bad since they are preserved in the alcohol and it won't hurt or alter the extract to leave them there but the extract may get stronger and stronger in flavour as it ages. If you do strain the seeds and pods out you can let them dry out and then still use them for other purposes since the vanilla seeds and pods never completely lose all of their flavour and scent.


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this is what I do. I actually make a big batch at Christmas and give it away as gifts to my friends.

Now with the flavored vodka's I've made some very good tasting vanilla. super easy.
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Old 10-16-2017, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Council Bluffs, Iowa
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OP, if you try Penzey's, be sure to register and sign up for their catalog. They are very generous with sending coupons for free products. I have been shopping Penzey's for years and they treat their customers vey well.
Penzey's is great. I am lucky and have a Penzey's store in my metro. Spend way too much money there!!!lol
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Old 10-16-2017, 06:44 PM
 
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I get the paste. It's awesome and not very "alcohol" tasting.
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:56 PM
 
Location: North Taxolina
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DO NOT buy vanilla extract at ALDI! The prices are so high these days and I thought I'd save a few bucks. I always used vanilla extract from Trader Joes and thought ALDI would be maybe not as good but decent.

Not sure what they put in it (I checked to make sure I didn't get the artificial stuff by accident) but it does not even smell like vanilla. Not even close to TJ version.
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Old 01-11-2018, 11:05 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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OP, if you try Penzey's, be sure to register and sign up for their catalog. They are very generous with sending coupons for free products. I have been shopping Penzey's for years and they treat their customers vey well.
Just for the record, Penzeys (love them) has ceased putting out a regular catalog. Per the owner, they do about one a year, currently. They have switched to an online mailing list, primarily, and do publicize deals through that, as well as via their facebook feed. They don't really do paper coupons anymore, but electronic ones via e-mail and social media. I think they actually have more frequent deals through that than they did via the old catalogs.

I do miss the catalogs, though, because they were like magazines, with human interest articles and reader recipes. But I get going primarily online. At any rate, I have a brick and mortar store nearby, so I am not dependent on ordering via the mailing list. Showing a coupon on my phone when I shop the store is sufficient.
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Old 01-13-2018, 08:12 AM
 
Location: The analog world
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I use a lot of vanilla extract and infuse my own with either rum or vodka and grade B Mexican vanilla beans.
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Old 01-13-2018, 09:20 AM
 
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but I can not use the vanilla extract, I will not try and ruin the dish, it starts to taste bitter, I can do something wrong
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