Post by dsi1 Post by dsi1 Post by dsi1
I used to buy pints of vanilla extract at Costco for 6 bucks.
Okay, it was $6.99 for a pint - cut me a break, man!
No way you could buy a pint of proper extract for 6 of *any* currency,
You think therefore it is.
Can you show me an example? Vanilla beans ain't cheap (although prices
vary depending on quality). I just can't see how real extract can be
sold retail that cheaply.
Currently, vanilla extract goes for about $35/pint at the warehouse stores in America. I could probably get it cheaper at a restaurant supply store. Can you show me an example of a proper extract that you use? I don't know what "proper extract" means.
I made a large batch of my own vanilla extract about 10 years ago, and
still have more than a pint left. But this link explains the
"Pure Vanilla Extract
Vanilla beans are expensive, retailing in some specialty shops for as
much as $2 to $3 each. The price of pure vanilla extract is also high,
but this can vary due to the quality of the beans used to make it. The
best vanilla beans are the products of orchids that grow only in
tropical climates. Beware of "pure" vanilla extract that seems
unusually cheap. If the bargain seems to be too good to be true, it's
probably an adulterated extract or the beans were of poor quality.
Pure vanilla extract must contain 13.35 ounces of vanilla beans per
gallon during extraction. The extract must be 35 percent alcohol to
meet FDA standards.1 These are the minimum requirements. Additional
alcohol content is allowed and results in a deeper, richer flavor.
By FDA definition, a "pure" extract means that the vanilla flavor can
only come from vanilla beans and nothing else.1 This factor draws a
definitive line between pure extract and imitation vanilla, but it
relates only to the vanilla flavor and doesn't necessarily mean that
nothing other than vanilla beans contributed to the overall product.
It's not uncommon to find vanilla extracts that contain a little sugar
or corn syrup, and this is perfectly legal because neither contributes
to that vanilla taste.
Pure vanilla extract that has no added sugar or corn syrup will last
forever, aging like a fine liqueur. The older the extract, the better
it becomes, losing any bitterness even without the help of added
You can make vanilla extract at home by soaking fresh vanilla beans in
vodka or another neutral-flavored liquor. Simply split the beans,
scrape the gooey seeds into the container, then cover it, pods and
all, with your spirit of choice. It takes about two months for the
extract to mature"
Imitation Vanilla Extract
Imitation vanilla is made from artificial flavorings, which isn't
surprising. What might raise your eyebrows is that most of these
artificial flavorings come from wood byproducts, and those byproducts
can contain chemicals. People with discerning palates usually find
that imitation vanilla products have a harsh quality with a slightly
If you're tempted to substitute imitation vanilla for pure vanilla
extract in a recipe, you will need twice as much imitation vanilla
flavoring to match the strength of pure vanilla extract, but this
comes with a risk. Imitation vanilla is typically made with synthetic
vanillin extracted from wood pulp, so you forgo the gentle vanilla
hint that you'd get with the real deal when you opt for imitation. In
other words, pure vanilla extract packs more into less. This might be
okay if the focus of the recipe isn't its vanilla flavoring;
otherwise, you'll probably want to spend more for pure vanilla