rena that's great!! i looked up chef meg's recipie and am already excited about making my own. would have nver thought of it otherwise, thanks! but where do you get your vanilla beans??
10/25/10 4:20 P
thank you susan! i did my own google search but didn't uncover anything as informative as you provided. good to know, and i love using vanilla flavoring with my coffee and oatmeal, but felt like i didn't taste it with the extract...now i know why. Putting it with warm liquids evaporates it! i think i will stick with the vanilla powder (different than vanilla sugar powder) as i've also learned from your article!
10/23/10 5:33 P
Vanilla powder--that with which I am familiar--is in a (primarily) corn starch base and is intended to be used in small amounts for baking. Vanilla extract as we know it is rarely seen in many other countries. Incidentally, if you spill an entire can and vacuum it up from behind the fridge, you will be smelling vanilla for the next 8 years. (True story)
Vanilla powder here is powdered vanilla sugar, so basically sugar... extract is way less calories.
10/21/10 3:53 P
i love including vanilla extract in many of my daily meals (and even my coffee). Recently found a vanilla powder at a specialty store. The label on the posder is very basic and doesn't include any nutritional information, but was wondering if anyone here was familiar with what the difference was between the liquid form and the powder form? calorie difference? taste, potency, and if they could be used interchangeably? thank you! :)
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