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Vanilla extract with pure alcohol

I can see two possibilities. One is that vodka and the like are highly available. You can buy them in almost any country, and in most places just in a supermarket. They're even fairly likely to be ...
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Substitute actual vodka for storebought vanilla extract

No, vodka is nothing like vanilla extract. Unfortunately the premise of your question is wrong. The thing that makes "true" vanilla extract true/pure/real is that it's made from real vanilla beans, ...
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How to add bourbon flavor?

What we think of as "bourbon flavor" is due to a combination of things. Bourbon is aged in a new oak barrel that has been charred on the inside. The important thing is not so much the layer ...
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How to add bourbon flavor?

Heating to remove alcohol isn't as effective as you might think, and igniting the vapour is of no benefit. Once it's evaporated it's gone from the liquid anyway, and imagine trying to get a flame from ...
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How to change a chocolate cake recipe to a vanilla cake

My honest answer is you don't without a lot of experimentation. 1.5 cups of cocoa powder is a significant portion of the recipe, taking it out will throw out every other measurement and there is no ...
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How to remove alcohol taste from vanilla extract?

If you have not tried mixing it into drinks yet then I'd encourage you give it a shot. Although the alcohol smell is strong in the bottle the vanilla flavor is much more concentrated, once you dilute ...
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Other than US FDA definition, are there other standards for vanilla extracts?

There's not really a European equivalent for the FDA's definition of extract (by ethanol percentage). Instead, the EU specifies what constitutes natural vs 'vanilla flavouring' (euphemism for '...
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Vanilla Extract with and without alcohol

According to the FDA vanilla extract must contain a minimum of 35 percent alcohol ("TITLE 21--FOOD AND DRUGS"). That's roughly on par with vodka. There's no such thing as flavorless alcohol. Ethanol ...
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Substitute actual vodka for storebought vanilla extract

I think the idea of the vodka is that it is an almost tasteless alcohol solution which is good for two reasons. In the quantities added it would likely evaporate or remain in very small amounts and ...
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How to remove alcohol taste from vanilla extract?

Real vanilla extract is made by dissolving the important compounds in alcohol. Thus alcohol is inherent to the extract. In fact in the US a minimum alcohol content is required (presumably for ...
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Substitute actual vodka for storebought vanilla extract

Your assumption is totally wrong. Putting several vanilla beans in vodka and soaking makes excellent vanilla extract ( the remainder my 1.75L is a couple years old). When I use it the alcohol ...
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How can I prevent vanilla seeds from sinking in a crème brûlée?

If you modify the instructions so that you make a custard BEFORE pouring the liquid into the ramekins, this will help to suspend the vanilla seeds in the mixture so they do not just fall to the bottom....
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Why add vanilla extract after removal from the heat, and what about fake vanilla extract?

There are (more-or-less) three kinds of 'vanilla' you can buy today: real beans, 'natural' extract and 'synthetic' vanillin. (The synthetic version can be sold either as a liquid extract, or as a ...
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How to use vanilla beans?

Vanilla extract is essentially vanilla infused into alcohol. If you don't have any problem with storebought vanilla extract, I doubt you'd have much problem with homemade vanilla infused into alcohol (...
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Can I add vanilla to pastry cream after its cooled?

If your pastry cream can handle being stirred (most do and as you will be including whipped cream anyway), you should be fine. Stirring will soften your pastry cream a bit, but not make it completely ...
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How to add bourbon flavor?

Your bourbon cask had a small amount of bourbon in the wood. A similarly small amount of bourbon applied directly won't be enough alcohol to matter to your ferment. You can take a bit more involved ...
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Is "vanilla extract" the same as "pure vanilla extract"?

Vanilla extract and pure vanilla extract mean the same thing. Artificially flavored vanilla extract is also used the same way, with the same measurements.
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I'm making cook n serve vanilla pudding can I add vanilla extract to it to make it taste more vanilla? it's for boston cream puffs.

Sure you can. However, there is a limit to how much vanilla flavor tastes good, and without more information there's no telling you when that limit would be reached; in fact, the existing vanilla ...
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Regarding brown butter n sugar and egg mixture

You can melt it on the stove. Make sure to heat it very gently, because you don't want to cook your egg. Using a waterbath would be a good choice. Make sure to watch it all the time and remove it from ...
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What is the difference between "vanilla" and "Mexican vanilla"

Real Vanilla, Is picked then smoke dried. This gives each its own flavor depending on what wood smoked with. Mexico also smoke dries there Vanilla. I forget what wood is used there for this. To give ...
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Flavored caramelization

Most of the aromatic compounds contained in vanilla are highly volatile and / or degrade in high heat, so I would add the vanilla after caramelization.
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How to neutralize the flavor of vanilla?

I think it depends on how much is too much vanilla. If your recipe called for a teaspoon of vanilla and you added a tablespoon, it probably won't be too big a deal. I often use more vanilla than is ...
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vanilla sugar substitution

I have a packet of vanilla sugar (Dr. Oetker) brand. It contains 10 gr of vanilla sugar. The package says it's good for 500 g of flour (4 cups) or half liter of liquid. Hope that helps!
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are syrup more flavorful than powder or similar?

45 gm of vanilla powder (pointing to the box the keep the powder in) 2 pumps of mango (Pointing to a big jar of a mango syrup) and spoon of cinnamon all belnded in a 16 ounce cup of ice That sounds ...
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How to infuse vanilla into bourbon (or other spices into liquor) using low heat without reducing alcohol proof?

Just put a vanilla bean in the bottle of booze and leave it there until the booze is used up. I always have a bottle of rum with a bean it.
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How to add bourbon flavor?

Although I would agree that it's not the bourbon but the barrel char you are tasting, it's a bit of a palaver to add that flavor by re-aging it in a cask or adding charred wood, I suggest instead to ...
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How much vanilla can alcohol extract before the solution is "saturated"? How do I reach that point?

According to various chemical references, vanillin (the most recognizable and abundant component of a vanilla aroma) is soluble in ethanol at up to a 1:2 ratio. And according to various random ...
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How much Vanilla Essense in 1 Liter Almond Milk

This cannot be answered directly as 1) I don't know how strong your essence is, 2) how rich your almond milk is and 3) Only you know how strong a vanilla flavor you want. Instead I will suggest an ...
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adding vanilla extract to cooled pudding

Yep, that should be fine. If you have trouble mixing it in thoroughly, try reheating the pudding in the microwave, a few seconds at a time, to make it thinner and more stirrable. (It’ll re-thicken ...
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Using old vanilla beans

The beans are fine to use for a little extra flavoring. If you're making a Crème Pâtissière, for example, you can add your extra beans in along with seeds and pods from a fresh bean.
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