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Old 07-02-2009, 10:40 AM   #11
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What is 'nips'?
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:01 PM   #12
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They are the little one shot bottles of booze. They used to be served in airplanes. It is enough for one drink. You can get them at any liquor store. They are usually behind the counter with the cigarettes. A nip is only a couple of bucks depending on the type of alcohol.
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:38 PM   #13
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How long would it take to use a bottle using 2 Tbsp at a time. You'd have to do an awful lot of cooking for that.
Two tablespoons is one ounce; a 375 ML bottle is the equivalent of 12.7 ounces.

You can find decent quality rum in 375 ML bottles for about $10, so it would be about 80 per cake.

McCormick's Imitation Rum Extract, OTOH, is about $6 for a 1-ounce bottle (2 tablespoons or 6 teaspoons) in the supermarket.
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:47 PM   #14
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BTW, I found this information about McCormick's Imitation Rum Extract on the company's website:

teaspoon Extract = 1 tablespoon light rum
1 teaspoons Extract = 1 tablespoon dark rum

In their recipe for rum cake, McCormick's calls for 2 tablespoons -- a full 1-ounce bottle -- of rum extract! That's too expensive, IMHO.
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:56 PM   #15
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My question would be isn't your question what is a substitute for alcohol ? Many times even the weakest imitation vanilla (or other flavor) still has traces of alcohol by virtue of how they make the flavorings. Try using a reduced fruit juice as a subtitute (but even that can be converted over to an alcohol product if allowed to ferment).
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Old 07-03-2009, 02:09 AM   #16
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Well, because of my Christian beliefs I would not like to be seen buying alcohol. My husband is a preacher and we do not believe in drinking of any kind. All Christians do not feel this way but my husband's father was an alcoholic. If a person saw me buying wine or any other alcohol that i could just be using for cooking and they didn't know they would naturally , like most people, assume the worst. We want to be the best examples we can for people. I guess that is my shortest and best way I can explain it. I don't mind answering it. I know extracts have alot of alcohol in them but I see them differently and they are used in very small amounts.
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Old 07-03-2009, 08:19 AM   #17
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If a person saw me buying wine or any other alcohol that i could just be using for cooking and they didn't know they would naturally , like most people, assume the worst.
I am sorry you feel that way about your fellow man. I do not think most people would assume the worse at all. I believe people are good and think good for the most part. If I saw someone buying booze and I knew them to have alcoholism in the family or something else then my first though, if I even gave it a first though, would be that they are buying a gift for someone.

In my opinion, it is better to not worry what other people think about you as it really does not matter. But that is just my opinion and everyone is free to do as they wish.

For your particular recipe I would just do without. Or maybe you could have a trusted friend buy a nip for you. Someone who you know will not talk about who s/he is buying it for.
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i guess i didn't really mean "most" people would assume the worst. it is not that i feel bad against my fellow man. it is the position my husband has as a minister and the importance of us being a good example for others. this is hard for others to understand at times but our conscience will not allow us to have alcohol in our house. people dowatch what we do. i have lived with this for 23 yrs and it is not always easy but i believe it is God's plan for our life and we have had a great life and i really don't feel that kind of pressure all the time. well, i guess we have discussed it enough. interesting to see others view points. i did drink in my college years before i became a Christian. so i do know quite a bit about the so called "other side".
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Let us know how your Tiramisu turns out and what you used in place of the rum. I hope it comes out great!
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They are the little one shot bottles of booze. They used to be served in airplanes.

They still are, thank God.

I was stuck on the tarmack in Chicago for 3 hours on Tuesday.
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