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Best Vanilla Bean For Extract?

Emmnemms | Oct 6, 2011 12:34 AM

Hiya! So I have decided to make my own vanilla extract.
I have heard many good reviews of the ebay seller "Vanillaproducts" and he has very good prices to boot!

My only thoughts is, I have no idea about the different types of vanilla beans. What grade do I need? Do I want Madagascar Bourbon or Tahitenis? Does length matter when I'm buying buy weight?

Also, while you are here, let me ask about Vodka. (I'm 18, so no drinking for me yet, but my parents are fine with using it for cooking/baking) We live in Oregon, so grocery stores are not allowed to sell anything except wine/beer/guiness. What is a good inexpensive brand of vodka? (My family doesn't drink) Can I get away with an inexpensive bottle or do I need midgrade?

Thank you very much :)

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