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Jul 12, 2009 02:14 PM

ISO dark glass bottles/jars in GTA

hey chowhounds,

i am planning to make my own vanilla extract. i have heard that using dark glass bottles/jars would work best. the only problem ... where to find them?? i've got tons of clear glass bottles/jars at home and have seen them available in various stores that sell canning/preserving equipment. but i've never seen dark glass for sale ...

the only thing i could think of would be to re-use a dark glass booze bottle (clean it out first!)...not sure if this would be okay for the vanilla?

any ideas?



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  1. That's exactly what I do - re-use a booze bottle. I mean, you're making the extract WITH booze, right? Depending on the booze, it shouldn't even really require cleaning. They also conveniently come in various sizes.

    1. Ideas? Sure. Ignore the urban legend advice. All my primo vanilla extracts live happily in clear glass in a dark, cool cupboard.

      1. I have my homemade vanilla extract in an old Grolsch "swing-top" green beer bottle.

        1. hi all,

          thanks so much for the ideas ... i plan on using a dark rum so i think that should come in a dark bottle (?); if not, then i'll just just clear glass.

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          1. re: lilaki

            Dark rums actually often come in clear bottles. I think a truly dark rum may overwhelm your vanilla, though. I like it when mine tastes like rum, but I usually use more of a medium-tone rum so it's not too molasses-y. Havana Club is the only one I know of offhand that comes in a dark bottle.

            1. re: Wahooty

              oops. i never thought of that. to be honest, i'm not a drinker at all ... i know very little about booze ... i do know that i like rum over vodka ... and most definitely over bourbon. so that's why i thought i'd use rum.

              what rum do you suggest i use??

              1. re: lilaki

                Keep in mind you're not going to be doing shots of vanilla extract (at least I hope not), so drinking preferences don't necessarily translate. Vodka will give you the most pure vanilla flavor because it won't contribute any flavor on its own. Stolichnaya is a nice, clean one that should work well. I like to use a rum like El Dorado that has a little age on it (and happens to be on sale right now ), but if you add this to, say, yogurt, you're going to taste the rum in addition to the vanilla. I like this, but it may not be what you're going for. A white rum will probably be a little less pronounced, but I rarely drink white rum so I can't suggest brands for you. :)

                1. re: Wahooty

                  hey wahooty,

                  thanks for the insight.

                  i hadn't thought about the fact that i'm not drinking it! :) but yes, you're right ... just plan to use my extract in baking (mostly). i have will have beans + paste so i can use that in yogurts and puddings etc ... where i don't want the boozy flavour.

                  i'm probably not the right person for this since i am so ignorant about alcohol...i really don't like the taste of vodka but never thought about the fact that it wouldn't impart a flavour in the extract.

                  looks like i gotta do more research. :)


                  1. re: lilaki

                    You might think about buying a couple of different small (375 mL) bottles and experimenting to see what you like. That way if you choose something that you end up not liking, you're not stuck with a huge bottle and wasted beans.

          2. You may want to try a pharmacy supply company. They will likely have the amber tinted glass jars.

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