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Old 08-08-2016, 12:07 PM   #11
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Craig, I think these were Madagascar.

GG, thanks. It's just if I buy a very small, teeny weeny bottle of vodka to make the vanilla extract, I could be embalmed with it, because I'd never use the vodka for anything else. Or, they could embalm me with it when I die and then cremate me. That would be going out with a bang.
If you don't use a lot of vanilla extract it's a bit of a waste if time and storage space making your own. The home made stuff lasts for years - I occasionally put a couple of vanilla pods into my jar when it looks a little low on same as I often use them up for the "caviar" inside.

I use a lot of vanilla as I bake, as they say, "for England".
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Old 08-08-2016, 12:17 PM   #12
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I put my vanilla pods in gin - by mistake, I didn't have my reading glasses on - but it worked for vanilla extract.

That doesn't sound very good, MC, but I'm glad it worked!

I've used rum with vanilla beans for vanilla extract, as well as vodka. The rum gives it a nice rich flavor.
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Old 08-08-2016, 12:24 PM   #13
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That doesn't sound very good, MC, but I'm glad it worked!

I've used rum with vanilla beans for vanilla extract, as well as vodka. The rum gives it a nice rich flavor.
It was cheap gin (I'm that kind of girl) so there wasn't much of a flavour conflict.
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Old 08-08-2016, 11:19 PM   #14
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I'm confused. You would use all the vodka in one of those eenie weenie bottles to make vanilla extract. There wouldn't be any left for anything else.
It's a joke. I've never seen an eenie weenie bottle of vodka. The only bottles of vodka I've ever seen were big enough to fill a swimming pool.

OK, maybe not that large. But much more than I think I'd need to make a small amount of vanilla extract.

But I would still get vanilla beans if I thought I could use them in something else.
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Old 08-08-2016, 11:20 PM   #15
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If you don't use a lot of vanilla extract it's a bit of a waste if time and storage space making your own. The home made stuff lasts for years - I occasionally put a couple of vanilla pods into my jar when it looks a little low on same as I often use them up for the "caviar" inside.

I use a lot of vanilla as I bake, as they say, "for England".
That's what I was thinking. I go through maybe one small bottle of vanilla extract in 6 months.
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Old 08-08-2016, 11:31 PM   #16
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It's a joke. I've never seen an eenie weenie bottle of vodka. The only bottles of vodka I've ever seen were big enough to fill a swimming pool.

OK, maybe not that large. But much more than I think I'd need to make a small amount of vanilla extract.

But I would still get vanilla beans if I thought I could use them in something else.

Go to your local liquor/grocery store. Surely they will have one ounce bottles of rum or vodka, usually back by the liquor counter. Don't use gin like MadCook did, that just sounds nasty.

Then you can just poke a vanilla bean into the tiny bottle and recap it. Let it sit for a few weeks.
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Old 08-08-2016, 11:38 PM   #17
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I didn't know they had one ounce bottles of vodka. That shows how often I've been in a liquor store in my lifetime. LOL

Maybe I will do that. Sounds like a plan.

Could I make homemade root beer with vanilla beans?
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They may be two ounce bottles. Anyway, they're like they sell on airplanes.

Sure, rootbeer with vanilla would be delicious!
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Around here they're called nips. Actually a great way to try out a new liquor or buy just enough for a recipe.
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Heh. When I went back to my HS reunion, the liquor store next to my hotel had a drive-through that sold "nips". I wandered over on foot just to see what they were advertising, and they were already sold out. Apparently quite popular!
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