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Old 08-05-2016, 09:04 PM   #1
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Vanilla Bean

For the first time ever, I saw vanilla beans for sale. They were one of the McCormick spices. My question is, is it worth it for me to get them?

They're $12.99 for 2 beans and I can't think of anything I might need them for. I understand I could make vanilla if I had vodka, but I don't drink, and I also don't use that much vanilla.

Is there anything else I can use vanilla beans for?
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Old 08-05-2016, 09:12 PM   #2
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Don't get McCormick. I bought some vanilla beans about a month ago through Amazon and they were a much better buy than that. I'll look up the vendor if you want. Only you can decide whether it's worth it for you.

My aunt always kept a couple vanilla beans in a canister of sugar to infuse for baking. You can also use the caviar (the seeds and pith inside) to flavor custard, pudding, pastry cream frosting or glaze for baked goods.
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Old 08-05-2016, 09:14 PM   #3
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Also, you make vanilla *extract* with vodka (that was probably a typo, but I want to be thorough ). Not sure what not drinking has to do with it. You don't drink the extract. Well, I've heard alcoholics do, but I guess you don't have to worry about that
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Old 08-06-2016, 06:24 AM   #4
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You could put a vanilla bean in vodka or rum and get a flavored liquid to drink or make mixed drinks with. It's just a matter of volume of liquid whether you are making vanilla extract or vanilla flavored ?? (Insert liquor name).
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Old 08-06-2016, 06:32 AM   #5
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Ah, but which are better, Madagascar, Tahitian, Mexican, etc?
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Old 08-06-2016, 06:40 PM   #6
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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.
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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.
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Old 08-07-2016, 06:29 PM   #8
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Is there anything else I can use vanilla beans for?
I like to use vanilla beans to make vanilla sugar.

Vanilla Sugar Recipe : Alton Brown : Food Network

You can use it in place of regular granulated sugar in baking or in coffee (yum!) for an nice taste of vanilla. I have a jar of it I bring out when guests come over to serve with coffee or tea, and I always get compliments.

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Old 08-08-2016, 09:48 AM   #9
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I have been making vanilla for years now, and I buy from these guys: https://www.beanilla.com/

I get the grade B beans--same flavor, just not as pretty. I like the Tahitian, but I see a couple new varieties there they didn't have the last time.
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You could put a vanilla bean in vodka or rum and get a flavored liquid to drink or make mixed drinks with. It's just a matter of volume of liquid whether you are making vanilla extract or vanilla flavored ?? (Insert liquor name).
I put my vanilla pods in gin - by mistake, I didn't have my reading glasses on - but it worked for vanilla extract.
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