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Does ginger infused honey or vodka ever go bad food-safety-wise?

I have sliced ginger stored in a jar of honey, and another jar of a small ginger knob in vodka. Both were stored in the refrigerator. Both are about 2 to 3 years old. They do not have any off odors. ...
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Why did my mango vodka infusion have a gelatin residue?

Can Mangoes in vodka create their own gelatin? I used overripe mangoes in premium vodka and sealed them in a clean glass jar for 6 weeks. The infusion is delicious but the clear gelatin seemed a bit ...
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Could you use other liquors than vodka in pie dough?

Cook's Illustrated has developed a recipe for pie dough that substitutes vodka for some of the water, making dough mixable but developing less gluten (tough pastry). It works! Has anyone tried using ...
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Vanilla Extract Vodka Quality

Most of the recipes and guides I have read for making vanilla extract say to use cheap vodka or whatever is available; however, if I am going to have it on my shelf for the next few years, I want to ...
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How can I save this vanilla extract?

I tried making my own vanilla extract a few months ago. Normally, it should be pretty dark (almost black). Mine isn't, as you can see: (full-size image) What I did was (after sterilizing it) ...
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Is there any difference between cheap and expensive vodka?

Vodka is supposed to be odorless and flavorless (with the exception of flavored vodkas). So if I switch to a dirt-cheap vodka, can I save some money? Is there any difference between cheap and ...
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Shaken, not stirred…but why?

Most people are probably familiar with line from James Bond, "Vodka Martini, shaken not stirred." What I have never figured out is "why would it make a difference?" I have tried making martinis both ...
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Can you make strawberry extract at home?

I know you can make vanilla extract, using vodka and vanilla pods. But can you replace the vanilla pods by pieces of strawberry? I'm not sure whether the vodka would absorb the strawberry flavour, but ...
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Making Pepper-Flavored Vodka

I'm interested in infusing pepper flavor into vodka like in Naga Chili Vodka. Are there any peppers I should specifically avoid and how should I infuse the flavor/spiciness? In addition, other than ...
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Are substitutions for vodka allowed when making a vodka cream sauce

If I am making a vodka cream sauce and I realize that there is no vodka (or not enough) to make the recipe, what would an acceptable substitute be?
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why add a shot of vodka to a cream sauce?

I don't understand what reason there would be to add vodka to a cream-based pasta sauce. Vodka is allegedly tasteless, and the alcohol burns off. So why? Is it to make the recipe 'nouveau' or ...