Wednesday, 18 April 2012


yes. they are real.
EXTRACTS, FLAVOURS and SYRUPS can all be real!
when we started out we made some interesting products to sell along side our coffee. i can't even remember the theme. something about beans. coffee, vanilla, cocoa. who know what we were thinking but one of the first things we produced was vanilla extract. it may have just been an excuse to cross the border for cheap booze. that was the reason we made many decisions back then

8oz vodka, brandy or alcool per vanilla bean and TIME! 

this (sniff sniff) was our first batch. circa 1998  

 commercial extracts are made with propylene glycol or ethyl alcohol which on their own are very dangerous but in theory they burn off when baking and therefore none is consumed. WHA!!? What about the old fashioned vanilla milkshake, the no bake macaroon or maybe you just take a swig every once in a while? use vodka or alcool! even brandy to add flavour
it's really really easy
but if you still want a vat of chemicals or need to dispose of a body under the guise of Christmas baking online ordering is easy at

place bean on the cutting board and grab a very sharp knife
flatten bean out and slice lengthwise with the tip.
 hold one end with your fingertips and pull the knife. 
it takes some practice but you can't really screw it up so don't worry 
flatten out each side with the blade of the knife as you scrape and pull all the seeds to one end  
chop the pod up too, it has tons of flavour as well
add to your vodka, brandy or alcool. cover and store in a cool dry place out of the sunlight for up to forever but at least 4 weeks to get some flavour in your extract

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