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JDR
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 15, 2008 11:40 pm    Post subject: vanilla extract Reply with quote

Without getting too exotic and esoteric, what is your recommendation for a top rate vanilla extract?
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Michael Chu



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 12:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Believe it or not, I really like the flavor of Costco's Kirkland Signature 100% Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Pure Extract.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 1:50 am    Post subject: Penzey's double extract Reply with quote

I actually like Penzey's double-strength extract -- Always seems to give recipes that extra something...
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 3:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Michael Chu wrote:
Believe it or not, I really like the flavor of Costco's Kirkland Signature 100% Pure Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Pure Extract.


I'll second that, and it's inexpensive to boot! I have a bottle in the fridge all the time.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 4:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Unfortunately I don't think the Costco empire stretches to the eastern US.
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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Where in the east are you? I thought Costco was everywhere! Smile

http://www.costco.com/Warehouse/Location.aspx?country=United%20States&whse=BC&lang=en-US
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GaryProtein



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PostPosted: Tue Sep 16, 2008 9:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

JDR wrote:
Unfortunately I don't think the Costco empire stretches to the eastern US.


It stretches to many stores on Long island! There are at least four Costcos within 20 minutes of me!

Try this:

http://www.costco.com/Warehouse/locator.aspx

Wow Michael, I didn't know Costco was intercontinental!
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 3:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have friends in Japan that frequent (well, once every few months) the Costco near them (2 hours away) to get food stuffs like peanut butter that don't exist there (they have a peanut cream that's not at all like peanut butter).
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I live in Asheville, North Carolina. No Costco here. We are not too excited about "Big Box" stores. When Forbes magazine did a profile piece on Asheville they commented that the downtown had 55 restaurants, and none of them was a chain! Asheville is a town of 80,000 people.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 17, 2008 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Speaking of Vanilla extract, does anyone know if there has been some sort of vanilla production revolution in the past 20 years? I use vanilla only occasionally, so I haven't paid much attention. But it seems like - back in the day - real vanilla extract was very expensive and imitation vanilla extract ruled the store shelves. But now it seems that real vanilla extract is the norm. Or have they loosened the rules concerning labeling?

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I just tried to find the answer for myself at wikipedia but there's only a short entry. But I found this interesting quote:

"In order for a vanilla extract to be called pure, the FDA requires that the solution contain a minimum of 35% alcohol and 13.35 ounces of vanilla bean per gallon"

Whoa - wouldn't that make pure vanilla extract 70 proof?
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GaryProtein



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 18, 2008 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

IndyRob wrote:


Whoa - wouldn't that make pure vanilla extract 70 proof?


YES IT IS!
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

GaryProtein wrote:
IndyRob wrote:


Whoa - wouldn't that make pure vanilla extract 70 proof?


YES IT IS!


LOL
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 09, 2008 9:07 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

oops I posted the above reply as "Guest".

Anyways, I've noticed that the CostCo house brand vanilla extract has been dropping in price ever since they got rid of the other brand they were selling. Even now, when everything is becoming more expensive because of the price of oil going up, the CostCo vanilla extract's price has not increased. I think that originally it used to be $10-$11 per bottle, but now its under $7.
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