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Old 10-21-2011, 07:00 PM   #11
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My vanilla beans make me want to rub them on my pulse spots! The store I got them from is $6.99 each OMG! I bought two of them and got home to see I was charged only .69 cents total. Now I'm too stingy to part with my beans. What should I do with them?
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:02 PM   #12
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MERSTAR: I heard the same thing about airing them out every couple weeks for 10-15mins.

I've never heard of Mexican vanilla beans. I may have to try them next.

Vanilla originated and is native to Mexico!
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:06 PM   #13
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Vanilla originated and is native to Mexico!
Oh ok, see I told you I was new to the vanilla world.
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My vanilla beans make me want to rub them on my pulse spots! The store I got them from is $6.99 each OMG! I bought two of them and got home to see I was charged only .69 cents total. Now I'm too stingy to part with my beans. What should I do with them?
Do you bake a lot with vanilla extract? If so, you can use the beans to make your own extract. Google how to make it. It's pretty cool!
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Oh ok, see I told you I was new to the vanilla world.
That's OK, I'm a vanilla junkie. I sometimes open the big bottle of extract when I'm in the pantry and give it a sniff.
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Old 10-21-2011, 07:11 PM   #16
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That's OK, I'm a vanilla junkie. I sometimes open the big bottle of extract when I'm in the pantry and give it a sniff.
Lol! I don't blame you! I just started using fresh VBs a few days ago. I'm officially addicted :) What is your favorite way to use Madagascar VBs?
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Lol! I don't blame you! I just started using fresh VBs a few days ago. I'm officially addicted :) What is your favorite way to use Madagascar VBs?
I mostly use them for extract, but love using them in ice cream and scraping the seeds into pastry cream.
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I mostly use them for extract, but love using them in ice cream and scraping the seeds into pastry cream.
Ooooh, I've never made pastry cream before. That sounds really good! Once you scrape the seeds, do you throw the pod away or reuse it? Do you use vodka for your extract?

I just started cooking again so i'm trying to get all the information I can get. I used to be intimidated by yeast, but now i'm baking my own breads and pizza crusts. I'm really enjoying it!
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Ooooh, I've never made pastry cream before. That sounds really good! Once you scrape the seeds, do you throw the pod away or reuse it? Do you use vodka for your extract?

I just started cooking again so i'm trying to get all the information I can get. I used to be intimidated by yeast, but now i'm baking my own breads and pizza crusts. I'm really enjoying it!
I just pop the scraped pods into my extract bottle, the more pods in there the better! I usually make a pretty good sized bottle of extract, usually a 750 ml bottle.

I do use vodka, I like that it has no flavor and lets the vanilla flavor shine through.
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You must use a lot of extract :) I bet it smells so good! I planned on using vodka for that exact reason for my extract. Do you use expensive or cheap vodka? I hope you don't mind all of my questions.
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