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Thank you Village Idiot

Good Guy @Village_Idiot sent me some of his vanilla. Great stuff.

I added a couple shakes to some heavy cream that I whipped for some peach crisp. I egged the "crisp" part last night for some left over peaches I roasted on Sunday. I had leftover crisp so I sliced some fresh peaches up from the local orchard.

The cream had this ethereal sweetness from the vanilla that paired well with the peaches, pecans, and oats in the crisp. Delicious.

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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,441
    edited August 2013
    When VI gets his meds just right and stops drinking long enough he is almost a real nice guy. What am I saying? :x
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • BotchBotch Posts: 3,210
    Mmmm, that looks good!  It's height of the peach season here in utard, I'm eating several a day.  
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  • Vanilla extract is just vodka and vanilla beans for about a month isn't it?
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  • EggcelsiorEggcelsior Posts: 11,301

    I have a bottle of VI's vanilla....excellent added to a bourbon and coke.  Learned that trick from Travis.

    That's my next stop on this train. Lots of testing this weekend.
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  • yzziyzzi Posts: 1,793
    I've been meaning to try this, just keep forgetting to buy vanilla. Can you give some more info? Just wondering how many beans I'd use for how much vodka.
    Dunedin, FL
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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    edited August 2013
    yzzi said:
    I've been meaning to try this, just keep forgetting to buy vanilla. Can you give some more info? Just wondering how many beans I'd use for how much vodka.
    Sure, Yzzi.  I use more beans than the recipes I've seen.  I put about 20 beans in a 750ml bottle.  I also split the beans with an Xacto knife before putting them in.

    I bought my beans at Olive Nation.  They come shrink wrapped.  Don't confuse the name "Bourbon Madagascar".  That is the name of the bean, not what you use for making the extract.  I have used bourbon instead of vodka, however, and it makes a great extract for cookies, etc. where you'd like a slight bourbon taste.
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,435
    Thank you village idiot... 4 words you'll rarely hear together. [-X w
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • Letz4wheelLetz4wheel Posts: 235
    I may have to try my hand at this. 2 ingredients...i think I can handle it :)
    Southern Indiana
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  • FoghornFoghorn Posts: 2,527
    I may have to try my hand at this. 2 ingredients...i think I can handle it :)
    I suspect the part that will trip some people up is that "don't drink the vodka" step.

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  • rtt121rtt121 Posts: 645
    Good thread!

    I put some vanilla beans in some vodka about 3 years ago. Never opened for not really knowing what to do with it.

    Just made a Jameson (no bourbon on hand) coke and vanilla.

    Very good.
    Medium, and XL eggs in Galloway NJ.  Just outside of Atlantic City.  
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  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,441
    henapple said:
    Thank you village idiot... 4 words you'll rarely hear together. [-X w

    I do remember The 93 year young one legged Salado hooker calling those words to VI last year at the after party.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    Mickey said:
    henapple said:
    Thank you village idiot... 4 words you'll rarely hear together. [-X w

    I do remember The 93 year young one legged Salado hooker calling those words to VI last year at the after party.
    I had just given her a $100 bill so she wouldn't tell Linda.  What are friends for, anyway?
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  • Letz4wheelLetz4wheel Posts: 235
    Foghorn said:
    I may have to try my hand at this. 2 ingredients...i think I can handle it :)
    I suspect the part that will trip some people up is that "don't drink the vodka" step.

    Ummm, I missed that part :)
    Southern Indiana
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  • Once you have tried VI's vanilla you will hate going back to store bought when bottle is emptied.
    Eggin in SW "Keep it Weird" TX
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  • travisstricktravisstrick Posts: 4,822
    Under VI's tutelage, I made a bottle out of jack Daniels. It's been soaking for about a year. It's very good but maintains its bourbon flavor.

    VI gave me a bottle made from vodka. It's even better and has nothing but a strong delicious vinilla taste.

    The problem with VI making you stuff is that it always seems like a waste to use it on my inferior cooking.
    Be careful, man! I've got a beverage here.
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  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,458
    I have been lusting after the vanilla and I am so glad that the recipe was posted. I thought I would give it a go last year and there were just too many choices of vanilla and couldn't decide. Now that VI posted Olive Nation as a good source I'm almost ready to do it too. Just a few more questions. Are the bottles just corked or is there a seal? What would you use if Texas vodka isn't available? I found Florida cane vodka which sounds interesting. ;;)
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
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  • Hey VI - I checked out the link to Olive Nation and I'm impressed!  I'm looking to make some vodka vanilla and bourbon vanilla and have some beans left over.  What quantity do you suggest?  They sell it by the 1/4, 1/2 or full pound.  How many beans are in these quantities?

    Thanks for the help!

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  • Letz4wheelLetz4wheel Posts: 235
    50-60 beans per half pound is what I am reading on another site. I have some sitting at home from olivenation but haven't been there to see how many are actually in the package. I bought mine for ice cream but now some vanilla sounds good also :)
    Southern Indiana
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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    @GrannyX4 .  I sealed some with wax that I was going to ship, but when I shipped @Eggcelsiors , I couldn't find the wax, so I pushed the cork in way tight for the trip and it made it.  For home, just cork it (or screw top).

    @Fred19Flintstone I think I got 1/4 pound for a 750ml bottle.  I've made several purchases, so I forget.

    @travisstrick I can only hope to cook your "inferior" cooks some day.
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  • henapplehenapple Posts: 14,435
    You and Travis get a room...
    Green egg, dead animal and alcohol. The "Boro".. TN 
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  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,458
    @VI If Texas vodka isn't available here what vodka would you recommend?
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
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  • Village IdiotVillage Idiot Posts: 6,951
    @GrannyX4 Granny, I just stipulated Texas vodka because that's what Texans do - brag about anything Texan.  Any vodka will do.  I wouldn't go crazy with high priced vodka - just a medium priced one.
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  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,458
    Thanks, for the info. Loveeeeeeee good vanilla. ;;)
    Every day is a bonus day and every meal is a banquet in Winter Springs, Fl !
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  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,422
    I make mine right in the little (200 - 250 ml) bottles of Absolut or Jack.  
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  • GrannyX4GrannyX4 Posts: 1,458
    How many pods do you put in the small bottle?
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  • TjcoleyTjcoley Posts: 3,422

    GrannyX4 said:
    How many pods do you put in the small bottle?
    I use five - more than necessary but gives it a great vanilla flavor.  Cut them into about four pieces.  Allows you to refill the bottle a couple times when it's half way gone without adding more vanilla.  Like a sourdough starter, as long as you replenish it, it will last forever.  Just make sure the pods are completely submerged.
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