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Old 04-01-2011, 08:02 PM   #1
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Mexican Vanilla Extract

My mom just got back from a cruise and brought me a massive bottle of real mexican vanilla extract. It smells DIVINE.

I bought a tiny bottle of grocery store extract and I've had it for like 3 years and it still has 1/4 left in it..

Obviously I'm not much of a baker, I try to stay away from baking sweet things etc.. What else can I do with all this tasty deliciousness????

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Old 04-01-2011, 08:09 PM   #2
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Add to plain yogurt or use in french toast are two the come to mind.
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Old 04-01-2011, 08:14 PM   #3
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Mexican vanilla is not the same product as we think of when we use McCormick Vanilla Extract.

Mexican Vanilla is a massive amount of alcohol that has had a few vanilla beans soaked in it. It is very weak by comparison. I had some for a long time until I realized it was unusuable in the kitchen, but made a very nice potpourri scent.
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Old 04-01-2011, 09:25 PM   #4
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Mexican vanilla is not the same product as we think of when we use McCormick Vanilla Extract.

Mexican Vanilla is a massive amount of alcohol that has had a few vanilla beans soaked in it. It is very weak by comparison. I had some for a long time until I realized it was unusuable in the kitchen, but made a very nice potpourri scent.
Some of it is, but certainly not all of it.

If you pay $3 for a 750ml bottle of "vanilla" at a tourist trap it is pretty much guaranteed to be made out of tonka beans or worse. But there is also authentic Mexican vanilla extract out there; Amazon sells several varieties as does King Arthur's and most other on-line food specialty shops.
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:00 PM   #5
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Well t his is disappointing :( lol

It says there are vanilla beans inside.

Whats a tonka bean?

It says .. "This product does not contain cumarin".. whatever that is??
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Google the name of the bottling or manufacturing company to see what you can come up with. It might be good stuff, it might not. =P

A tonka bean is something that smells like vanilla but isn't and is used to make the cheap "vanilla".
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Old 04-01-2011, 10:06 PM   #7
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Mexican Vanilla Totonacs - 33.2 Oz (1Lt) Bottle - Great flavor from pure vanilla extract: Amazon.com: Grocery & Gourmet Food

This is the vanilla I have
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I use vanilla in this traditional Danish pork dish: Danish Pork Roulade with Dried Fruit.
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Old 04-02-2011, 12:45 AM   #9
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Looks like you have the real deal. It should last for years if stored in a cool, dark place.
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Old 04-02-2011, 10:41 AM   #10
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Excellent!!
Now that I know I have something good, what can I make with it? I read that I can even put it in drinks for a hint of vanilla. I guess I'll have to start making more desserts.. but we are more "snacky" people than desserts.
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