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post #46 of 100
Penzy's Double strength pure vanilla!
post #47 of 100
can anyone tell me where to purchase .. la vencedora vanilla.. i use to buy it from the wal-mart... but haven,t found it in couple of years ... love ... love.. love.. it.. i do see it on e-bay... hope you can help..
post #48 of 100
I don't really make the fancy decorated cookies that most of you do. But the vanilla that I favor for my chocolate chip cookies and my cakes is the Dominican vanilla.
I never knew that clear vanilla wasn't pure, but the Dominican clear smells so rich!

Personally, my sister-in-law brings it to me from her trips to her homeland.

Marie
post #49 of 100
I use vanilla from Mexico.
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Hey Jopalis-
I wasn't sure if anyone answered you, but no you don't need a license to shop there. And I can vouch as well for how wonderful it is.

I, too often go to drool over everything. Their cafe has some awesome sandwhiches too!!!

Thanks for answering that! I wasn't getting notifications of posts on the thread icon_confused.gif . That store is funny, some things are soooo cheap you can't even believe it, but then others are a little screwy. They sell Plugra butter at Trader Joe's for 3.99 but it's $5.15 at Surfas! So be sure to shop wisely there. Most of their prices are really fair though. I went to a local cake supply shop after my trip to Surfas today, and the same $3.19 luster dust was $5.99 icon_eek.gifthumbsdown.gif !!

BTW back to topic, even the generic vanilla at Target was $3 for 2 oz.

Txkat, when are you going to open up a nice little satellite shop on the West Coast? icon_smile.gif
post #51 of 100
Hey... I just happened to look at this thread again. No I didn't know I got an answer re the license at surfas. For some reason I didn't get any notification of postings... Thank you so much!!! I will check it out for sure!
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post #52 of 100
Great vanilla info. I haven't seen a clear answer as to whether using the pure vanilla changes the color in icing. Does it tint white icing a tan color? Do you use it when you are wanting a pure white icing color? I now want to make my own vanilla--that sounds so good but I'm not certain it would be worth it both financially and taste wise. Has anyone made their own? Do you notice a difference between home made and commercial?
post #53 of 100
Actually I thik a couple of the posts did mention it & said it is barely noticeable. Makes it more of a champagne white as opposed to bright white or not noticeable at all.... I'm sure there is a slight difference. One said she gave her customers the choice of the artificial vs. natural and they never chose artificial. I didn't know it was made using wood chips... That's in there too if you didn't see it...
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post #54 of 100
Actually I thik a couple of the posts did mention it & said it is barely noticeable. Makes it more of a champagne white as opposed to bright white or not noticeable at all.... I'm sure there is a slight difference. One said she gave her customers the choice of the artificial vs. natural and they never chose artificial. I didn't know it was made using wood chips... That's in there too if you didn't see it...
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post #55 of 100
Thanks. I saw the wood chip comment, which is really upsetting to me. I try to make everything natural. i guess wood chips are natural, aren't they? YUCK! I'm going to have to experiment with my white icing and see what I can come up with using pure vanilla. One of the many reasons I just love this site. I probably never would have realized I wasn't really using vanilla. Thinking it was real, I even have people bring the clear vanilla back from Mexico with them. No more!
post #56 of 100
I just purchased 25 madagascar bourbon vanilla beans 6.5" long from ebay for $11.50 cdn free shipping. I plan to make my own vanilla and it will definately work out cheaper than buying any that I have seen so far. It takes roughly 8 beans to 750 ml vodka (26 oz.) So it cost me about $4. for 8 beans then about $23. for the vodka. Which means for $27 cdn. I get 26 oz of pure vanilla extract. Which considering I cant find that kind of price anywhere around Montreal and if I had to pay shipping and exchange by buying on line well I think it's a perfect solution.

Just a little note about mexican vanilla. I have read on several sites that you have to be very careful when buying it. It can contain couman which can make you sick. I'm including a link to a site that some might find interesting

http://www.vanilla.com/html/facts-mexican.html
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post #57 of 100
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... Just a little note about mexican vanilla. I have read on several sites that you have to be very careful when buying it. It can contain couman which can make you sick. I'm including a link to a site that some might find interesting ...



Just so you know. There are many producers of vanilla that use Mexican Vanilla Beans. Beans are gown in a variety of places (such as Madagascar or Tahiti.) Knowing where the product originated and who made it are key. It's a fair warning, but not all Mexican vanillas are evil! icon_lol.gif You will have to pry mine from my cold dead hands!! icon_biggrin.gif
post #58 of 100
I agree not all mexican vanilla is evil That is why I posted the note just to let those who arent aware that they need to be aware of what they are buying. If I had not decided to make my own vanilla and starting browsing around to learn more about vanilla then I would have had no idea that there could be a potential problem with mexican vanilla and that I needed to be careful with what I buy.
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post #59 of 100
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Hmm... if we make our own extract, how deep is the color? Is it any different? Actually, I guess it is likely the same shade as I can't imagine it gets colored, but I was wondering if anyone had tried it.

Darcat - nice price on those vanilla beans! What kind of vodka are you using?
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post #60 of 100
I will be using smirnoff triple distilled 40 pct vodka
and this is the site with the step by step with pics to show you how to do it.

http://www.instructables.com/id/SE8LBS6F9T3NQZ4/

and this is where I ordered my beans from and they have a promotion for free shipping to canada and the USA prices seem to go by the length of the bean
http://cgi.ebay.ca/40-Extract-MADAGASCAR-Vanilla-Beans-6-High-Quality_W0QQitemZ250294855199QQihZ015QQcategoryZ14314QQtcZphotoQQcmdZViewItemQQ_trksidZp1742.m153.l1262

I cant wait to get them and give this a try as I'd like to make some small bottles also to give as xmas gifts.
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