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Old 01-16-2009, 11:44 AM   #11
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You can make your own fairly easily, I have heard. Just do a web search. You just need a vanilla been and a little rum or something like that.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:44 AM   #12
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I didn't think vanilla extract could go bad, but I guess it can! .
It doesn't go bad. It has a lot of alcohol in it.

Beans themselves get stale and hard.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:48 AM   #13
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I use only Nielsen-Massey Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla, beans, paste and extract. I'm not aware of it ever spoiling.

Pure Vanilla Extract should not have either corn syrup nor "sugar" in it. It does, however, have a fairly high alcohol content.
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Old 01-16-2009, 12:27 PM   #14
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Pampered Chef sells some really good vanilla. If you want some, let me know. I use about half of what is called for with this and still get the same flavor.
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Old 01-16-2009, 04:24 PM   #15
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Thanks Ladies. I am sure it has something wrong with it so I will get some different type.
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:05 PM   #16
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It use to be that Mexican vanilla contained a dangerous chemical but that is no longer the case. I always ask friends to bring me back some vanilla when they visit Mexico. It does smell wonderful. Now that I think of it, I bet I could just buy it online. lol
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:07 PM   #17
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Which brand do you like, Karen?

I have received both 32 oz and 8oz size bottles and when I really go into baking mode--it doesn't last as long as one might think.
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:16 PM   #18
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vanilla beans, they don't say on their website.
Last time I checked, it was $10 for a 5 bean bundle, but that was awhile ago. I think I read something about problems in Madagascar that are affecting vanilla recently, so I don't want to try to say for sure what the prices currently are. I'll probably run into James (my friend in that company) in the next couple days, so I'll ask him about it.
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Old 01-16-2009, 05:21 PM   #19
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It use to be that Mexican vanilla contained a dangerous chemical but that is no longer the case.

Coumarin is no longer a worry? That's good to know. I remember reading about it some time ago and I've always avoided Mexican vanilla because of it. Were new laws made or something that stopped the production of the stuff that contained it?
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Old 01-16-2009, 06:54 PM   #20
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Which brand do you like, Karen?
I usually buy Orlando - it is available right in the supermarket. So if you come to Mexico on vacation, go to a supermarket to buy your vanilla. Way cheaper, and if you buy a good brand like Orlando, you know you're getting the real deal.
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