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post #16 of 121
Wow, what a fun thread! Thanks to everyone! And thanks for the info about the bottles, too! Can't wait!!
post #17 of 121
This sound easy to make and good to taste, thanks for the recipe, I'll definitely be making this
post #18 of 121
I just checked out the Ina Garten recipe and she only stores hers for a month. Could that be right given most other say to store for 5-6 months??? I don't know if I could wait that long...LOL
post #19 of 121
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Originally Posted by esq1031

I just checked out the Ina Garten recipe and she only stores hers for a month. Could that be right given most other say to store for 5-6 months??? I don't know if I could wait that long...LOL





esq - it really it up to you of how long you store it for - me, i prefer to store mine for 5 Months.
The flavour is more intense and the colour deeper.
Again - it depends how many VB's you pop in the bottle.

After a Month there is really no lime frame...its up to each individual.

LOLLL - you can't wait that long - then pour some out into a smaller bottle - then pop in a few more fresh VB's - top up with Vodka - give a good shake then hide it back in the bottom of a dark cupboard until you need it next - that way you can use some after a Month thumbs_up.gif - and have some *ageing* for Months down the track... icon_smile.gif

Boluehue.


Bluehue.
post #20 of 121
I make mine every year, right after the winter holidays (I have a bottle brewing in the basement as we speak). I do not open it until it's time to bake for Thanksgiving.

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post #21 of 121
Does it matter what grade bean I use? I see there are Grade A Gourmet beans and then Grade B (extract grade) beans. I'm assuming it doesn't matter if I use either - just that the grade A may be preferred for other cooking applications and if you're going to just stick a bunch in vodka to make extract then the grade B is acceptable....

I actually have a bottle that I bought at HomeGoods that was sold as a package with vanilla beans inside to make your own vanilla. I have no idea what grade the beans are and it only came with 3 beans that were pretty dried up. It's in my pantry now and it's been in there for about 5 months but I think it still could use more time. It's not very dark and still has more of a vodka smell (not that vodka smells like much) then a vanilla smell...I'm hoping the fresher beans will produce a better product.

thanks!
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post #22 of 121
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Originally Posted by Bturpin

Does it matter what grade bean I use? I see there are Grade A Gourmet beans and then Grade B (extract grade) beans. I'm assuming it doesn't matter if I use either - just that the grade A may be preferred for other cooking applications and if you're going to just stick a bunch in vodka to make extract then the grade B is acceptable....

I actually have a bottle that I bought at HomeGoods that was sold as a package with vanilla beans inside to make your own vanilla. I have no idea what grade the beans are and it only came with 3 beans that were pretty dried up. It's in my pantry now and it's been in there for about 5 months but I think it still could use more time. It's not very dark and still has more of a vodka smell (not that vodka smells like much) then a vanilla smell...I'm hoping the fresher beans will produce a better product.

thanks!




Add more VB's - add lots more VB's... thumbs_up.gif
Otherwise your just end up with the pale stuff that sits on supermarket shelves...Truely.
Pop another

No - on 2nd thoughts - scratch all that - if they were dried up in the first place start again - it will be worth it.
Start with at least 8 fresh beans - and vodka.

You want to start with nice plump VB's....your end product will be as good as what you start with.

HTH's

Bluehue
post #23 of 121
Thanks BlueHue - I figured as much with the dried beans so I went ahead and ordered some fresh ones and I'll just scrap that one and start over...

Can't wait to try it! I've been looking at my bottle waiting and waiting to use it but I guess I'll have to wait some more!
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post #24 of 121
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Originally Posted by Bturpin

Thanks BlueHue - I figured as much with the dried beans so I went ahead and ordered some fresh ones and I'll just scrap that one and start over...

Can't wait to try it! I've been looking at my bottle waiting and waiting to use it but I guess I'll have to wait some more!




I know its a wait for you - but it will be worth it -

Blue.
post #25 of 121
I was just pondering this subject in my head last night.

Did you use dark bottles? I read somewhere that you need to use dark,but I can't find them.

If you are using vodka, why can't I just slip the beans in the bottle the vodka is in, after pouring some out.

I wouldn't use too cheap a vodka. I bought some Skol to paint with. Within a week it turned from clear to a pale yellow and has a definite off putting chemical, rubbing alcohol smell to it. I would move up to at least the $10 range. Although I am a liquid snob, so I would have to try very hard not to go for the Grey Goose on this. ( as my friends affectionately call us)
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post #26 of 121
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Originally Posted by LindaF144a

I was just pondering this subject in my head last night.

Did you use dark bottles? I read somewhere that you need to use dark,but I can't find them.

If you are using vodka, why can't I just slip the beans in the bottle the vodka is in, after pouring some out.

I wouldn't use too cheap a vodka. I bought some Skol to paint with. Within a week it turned from clear to a pale yellow and has a definite off putting chemical, rubbing alcohol smell to it. I would move up to at least the $10 range. Although I am a liquid snob, so I would have to try very hard not to go for the Grey Goose on this. ( as my friends affectionately call us)



You can use any coloured bottle you wish - the darker the glass the less light gets through...
If you have a green Olive Oil bottle - you could wash that out - sterilize it and use it.
Most of our Olive Oils come in dark green bottles....

Keeping the mixture in the bottom of a pantry/dark cupboard helps with it not fading due to sun light....as it matures.

Yes, you can use your Voddka Bottle...

Perhaps not the one that smells like rubbing alcohol icon_wink.gif

Grey Goose - no, keep that for drinking thumbs_up.gificon_smile.gif


Somewhere in between... icon_smile.gifthumbs_up.gif


HTH's


Bluehue
post #27 of 121
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Originally Posted by crp7

Where do you get your vanilla beans?



I ordered my beans on eBay because they were WAY too expensive in the grocery stores here. 2 beans for 9 bucks! Yeah, um no! I bought a 1/2 pound and it came with 10 free beans extra too. I made 7 cups of vanilla extract and still have about 30 beans I saved for other baking needs.

Best wishes on your vanilla adventure!! icon_smile.gif
post #28 of 121
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Originally Posted by Bturpin

Does it matter what grade bean I use? I see there are Grade A Gourmet beans and then Grade B (extract grade) beans. I'm assuming it doesn't matter if I use either - just that the grade A may be preferred for other cooking applications and if you're going to just stick a bunch in vodka to make extract then the grade B is acceptable...



I used grade b because I was just planning on extracting the beans. I would also encourage you to get both Tahitian and Madagascar beans so you can see which type you like for different applications. Also, if the bean is dried and not bendable, throw it away! I used about 10 beans per 8oz of vodka to make mine. Yum! Yum!
post #29 of 121
Thanks - I ordered from ebay too so I get the 10 free beans with my order so I will be able to make 2 different batches with 2 different beans! Can't wait - thank you all for the advice!
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post #30 of 121
Will it turn your white buttercream a different color?
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