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Old 10-26-2006, 01:15 PM   #11
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As promised, here is the email exchange:
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Hello,

Thank you for your interest for our vanilla, and thank you for giving me
this link. I think I will post a comment to reassure the ones how doubt
that we are a "real" company.

We offer our vanilla in tree quantities :

5 pods for 7 euros.
10 pods for 12 euros.
20 pods for 20 euros.

This prices are "all inclusive" and include shipment for the whole
world. There is no surpise. You can even benefit of a 10% reduction by
simply register your email to receive your reduction code.

You may try to translate your web site with a tool like :

http://translate.google.com/

The process is very simple and the payment is garanteed by Paypal. But
if the translation isn't clear enought just send me your address and
needed quantity and I will process the order for you. But don't send us
any credit card data by email !

I hope my english is good enought. Let me know if I can help you more.

Best regards,

Malik Recoing
www.VanilleDeMayotte.fr


> Dear Sir,
> I heard of your site through a thread
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> in discusscooking.com. Unfortunately I don't speak French. Can you
> supply any details in English on puchase and shipping to the US.
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> Thank you for your cooperation.
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Old 10-26-2006, 04:51 PM   #12
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Cheap Vanilla

I've always gotten excellent quality vanilla beans off ebay believe it or not. 99 cents right now for 15 vanilla beans and $3.95 for shipping

http://cgi.ebay.com/15-Madagascar-Va...QQcmdZViewItem
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Old 10-26-2006, 05:26 PM   #13
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I use extract because five or six bucks a bean is too rich for my blood but for that price I'd definitely go for it.
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Skilletlicker, I just had a thought. Why not buy some of the really, really good beans and make your own vanilla extract? I make my own and it's awesome. The only drawback I can think of is it takes a couple of years for the extract to "steep," but it's well worth it. Home brewed vanilla can be made in a very large quantity, which would result in being quite cost effective.
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Old 10-26-2006, 06:25 PM   #14
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Question Less than 7 cents apiece?

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I've always gotten excellent quality vanilla beans off ebay believe it or not. 99 cents right now for 15 vanilla beans and $3.95 for shipping

http://cgi.ebay.com/15-Madagascar-Va...QQcmdZViewItem
99 cents for 15 beans does seem ridiculously too good to be true.

Has anyone else purchased these?
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Old 10-26-2006, 06:43 PM   #15
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Skilletlicker, I just had a thought. Why not buy some of the really, really good beans and make your own vanilla extract? I make my own and it's awesome. The only drawback I can think of is it takes a couple of years for the extract to "steep," but it's well worth it. Home brewed vanilla can be made in a very large quantity, which would result in being quite cost effective.
Katie E, Please elaborate.
What are really, really good beans?
Where do you buy them?
How much do they cost?
What do they steep in?
How do you build the still?
How do you evade the G-men?
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Old 10-26-2006, 11:52 PM   #16
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Actually, skilletlicker, as far as "good" vanilla beans are concerned, I was referring to your comment on the pricey ones. I have been getting my vanilla beans at World Market in my area. The price is $1.99 for 2 very long, fat beans.

I steep my beans in the cheapest vodka I can get. Usually 2 cups per 2 beans. Open the beans and scrape the seeds into the vodka. Include the vanilla pods, too. I put this mixture in a glass jar (currently I'm using a clean pickle jar). Store in a cool, dark place for at least 2 years. Shake once in a while.

After about 2 years, I have a nice (very dark) liquid. Smells grand! I prefer to let it sit another year for the fullest flavor.

When I use the vanilla, I replace the quantity with more vodka and another vanilla bean if I think it needs to be added. What can it hurt?

I've given it as gifts and my friends love it. So do I. It's strong and wonderful.

The only difference I can discern is that this vanilla doesn't have any hint of sweetness to it like commercial vanilla. If that's a problem, I suggest you add a touch of corn syrup. It doesn't bother me, I just go for the rich vanilla flavor.

No need for a still. Never had a problem with revenooers!
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Old 10-27-2006, 12:33 AM   #17
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Katie E, your method is indeed a simple and effective method to make an infusion. It will be specialy effective in coktail :-) But please : Don't use vodka ! What a sacrillege ! Use rhum ! Like a French Caribeean amber rhum (a totaly randomly picked example).

From a "vaniline-to-cost-ratio" point of view however, I'm not sure this method is cost effective, because when you buy beans alone you pay the price of the selected ones. Vanilla extract are made with the split, cuts, to shorts, twisted that are not pretty enough to be sell as beans. But if the vanilla is good the hugly beans are as good as the pretty. So if you find "realy, realy good" extract - wich mean hot extracted with a still - it may be worth the price.

What you pay more for the extraction, you gain it from the cheaper beans that are used. The problem is to find realy, realy good extract that are made with a food still and not cut or even readjusted with syntetic vanillin !

And no : I don't sell extract (not yet). I only sell beans.

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Merci beaucoup, Malik - j'entends trés bien votre explication.
(Thank you, Malik - I understand your explanation).

Well I've saved Malik's website to order some in the near future - I'll get back to you!!
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