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Making Vanilla Extract [Split from Quebec board]

Anyone ever had trouble with getting "fuzzy" stuff on the beans and as a result in the extract? I did not refrigerate the beans or the extract, vodka was just regular plain vodka (not a brand new bottle but not old, either), containers weren't the technical definition of sterile but plenty clean. I used Tahitian beans, had this happen in two different attempts, one of my own and one someone gave me. One was out on a shelf and one was in the dark pantry.

Feb 01, 2008
lauramst in Home Cooking

Best source for lemons?

Thank you so much, that's exactly the kind of answer I was hoping for!

Jan 08, 2008
lauramst in General Topics

Best source for lemons?

Organic lemons are $1.59 apiece at my grocery store and look terrible. Since it's the season, I thought about ordering a box and freezing the zest/juice. Ideally, it would be cheaper than/equal to that price and better quality product. Extra points for organic.

Anyone tried this place (http://www.lavignefruits.bigstep.com/) or have a recommendation from personal experience (or can point me to another discussion)? Thanks!

Jan 08, 2008
lauramst in General Topics