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Old 03-28-2013, 01:11 PM   #1
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Vanilla extracts?

I have artificial vanilla- clubhouse brand and several brands of real madagascar vanilla and a bottle of some clear artificial vanilla, and I'm finding that I really hate the flavor of all the vanilla that I have. I can't find one that tastes like it used to when I was a kid.

what vanilla extract do you all use?

I especially hate the clear vanilla and the madagascar vanillas....
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:26 PM   #2
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I use Penzey's Mexican Vanilla. I love Mexican Vanilla.
I don't like bourbon or madagascar.
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thanks, I'll look for that,
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Old 03-28-2013, 01:54 PM   #4
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the other type of vanilla is Tahitian Vanilla, a slightly different species of orchid. it tastes markedly different, but very unlikely this what what you had as a kid.

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I make my own... 1/5 of cheap vodka, and 3-4 vanilla beans split lengthwise... let it sit undisturbed for a few months. You can keep it going for a loooooong time if you add more vodka everytime you use some of the extract.
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I make my own too, but I use a whole bottle of vodka and more vanilla beans. As soon as one bottle is ready, I start another one. The flavor is great and a bottle lasts me a long time. I have a smaller bottle I pour some into for everyday use................... Ann
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I make my own too, but I use a whole bottle of vodka and more vanilla beans. As soon as one bottle is ready, I start another one. The flavor is great and a bottle lasts me a long time. I have a smaller bottle I pour some into for everyday use................... Ann
This is what I do.
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Home Made Rocks

My favorite is the real Mexican vanilla.
I used to go down at least once a year for a visit and
bring it home by the quart for my friends and myself.
Well I guess those 'were' the good old days.
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I make my own... 1/5 of cheap vodka, and 3-4 vanilla beans split lengthwise... let it sit undisturbed for a few months. You can keep it going for a loooooong time if you add more vodka everytime you use some of the extract.
I do a variation of this... 3-4 vanilla beans split lengthwise, then put into a small glass bottle (a hot sauce sized bottle is perfect), fill with vodka, let sit for a month or two before using, and then just keep adding vodka as you use it. I had my last one for almost 4 years, and am just about to start a new one.
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