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Mar 3, 2007 05:39 PM

Uses for pure vanilla extract?

HI I have a large bottle of pure vanilla extract and I don't bake that often. Where else can I use it? Can I pour it directly in beverages like coffee, tea, smoothies, etc ? Other suggestions?

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  1. as long as a smidge of alcohol would be approriate as the flavor of the bean was most likely extracted with alcohol. Fruit salad would be another use. Fruit salsa. I add a small amount to a sweet pepper and tomato sauce and some spices that I slow cook with rum and a little mollasess and serve over pork

    1. lobster with vanilla beurre blanc pops up now and again, and i could also see incorporating it into carribbean type dishes, with spices and maybe rum.

      don't know how much you have, but a little goes a long way.

      1. Plain yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, pancakes come to mind. I suppose you could pour some in coffee or tea but I personally think vanilla extract would overwhelm. I would add a little to hot chocolate though...

        1. Add it to the egg mixture for French toast, along with a little cinnamon and nutmeg.

          1. If it's from Mexico ... throw it away! Otherwise ... plenty of great suggestions already here. Keep it in a dark place and rebottle it to glass if it's now in a plastic bottle.

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            1. re: kodothedrum

              Not all Mexican vanilla is bad; in fact, I have a WONDERFUL bottle of Mexican vanilla in my pantry that a friend brought back for me. The label on the bottle says, "This product does not contain coumarin."