What's the low-down on grades of vanilla beans? Is grading standardized? Or it is up to the exporter / importer / purveyor? What's the grade based on? Flavor? Size? Appearance? Do higher-grade beans have more intense or more potent vanilla flavors?
Summer is in full swing, which (hopefully) means trips to the park or the beach. If you’re taking a picnic along, you should know a few food safety rules so you can pack, transport, and eat your meal without the threat of food poisoning. Liz Weinandy