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Old 01-03-2009, 11:51 AM   #11
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The organic bean company ships worldwide so it shouldn't be a problem--just an expense. However, once you get some decent beans, you can make vanilla extract--even by the fifth. I suggest vodka, myself.
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Old 01-03-2009, 06:50 PM   #12
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Well it's not that it is impossible to ship food stuffs across borders, just much harder for an individual than for a corporation to do so. And there are some things on 'banned' lists that no one can get shipped across borders, not even corporations.
But, if we had the proper forms and lists, it could be done! Myself, I say stuff it all inside a teddy bear and feign surprise if you get caught, LOL!
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Old 01-03-2009, 07:09 PM   #13
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I say stuff it all inside a teddy bear and feign surprise if you get caught,
"Tortillas? What tortillas?"

My neighbor makes exquisite paper-thin flour tortillas, and my daughter took some home with her a year or so ago...the guy inspecting baggage at the airport told her she couldn't take them. She said "fine, but I'm going to eat them all right here and hold up your line until they're all gone." She offered to share them with him, and he laughed and waved her through. Mexicans have a better sense of humor than Americans. I wouldn't try this with the TSA.
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:06 PM   #14
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This is what yahoo said about mailing nonperishable food items overseas:
Is it legal to mail non-perishable food items overseas? - Yahoo! Answers
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:13 PM   #15
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First of all, no our customs and border guards are not issued any kind of sense of humor at all.
What Susan found on Yahoo is pretty much how it works. The horseradish I sent to Alix in Canada last year I sent 'undercover' because they wanted raw foods to have been 'processed' to a certain minimum. This meant I would have had to do stuff to the horseradish that would have rendered it unable to grow, and that is why I was sending it to Alix: so she could grow it.
So, if you have harvested it, cleaned it up, sterilized it, and it is no longer able to be grown you should be alright....
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:21 PM   #16
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see also recipe how to take vodka and vanilla beans and make your own vanilla extract:
How to make Vanilla Extract, Vanilla Beans, history,facts, recipes
I haven't bought commercially-produced vanilla extract in more years than I can count. I always have a jar of homemade "working." Currently I have about 2 cups of the darkest, most flavorful vanilla in my pantry. It does take a while, but I think it's well worth it.
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Old 01-03-2009, 08:41 PM   #17
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We are going to be getting some vanilla beans pretty soon here to give it a try.
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