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Silver Spoon Vanilla Extract

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Brand: Silver Spoon / Type: Vanilla

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      05.05.2010 11:02
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      A great cupboard essential.

      I was going to buy vanilla pods the other day for a recipe and was shocked by the price of them. Vanilla wasn't the main flavour of the recipe and I just couldn't bring myself to pay between £2.00 and £3.00 for one pod, so I thought vanilla extract would work just as well. I actually didn't even make what I was going to use it for, so I'm glad I didn't waste my money, but I have used this since.

      A 38ml plastic bottle of this costs just £1.04p which I think is a really good price considering I only ever use a couple of capfulls at the most in one go.

      The bottle has quite a pretty little design on it, and it is very small, so doesn't take up much space in my cupboard, which I am always grateful of.

      When you unscrew the cap, you are met with one of those tops with a tiny hole in, so that you can never pour too much into anything by mistake, this is very helpful for me as I am notoriously clumsy! It's very good for me to be able to measure out drops, rather than try and pour steadily. I also use the lid to measure it out in.

      The taste of this is very strong, and as it is extract not essence it does seem a bit harsher, and not as sweet as essence. I got a bit on my finger when I was using it, and did lick it off and on it's own it's not a pleasant taste, which I assume is because it's quite concentrated.

      I used one capful of this in a rhubarb crumble, which used about 400g of rhubarb, and you could taste a tiny subtle hint of vanilla which was really nice.

      I know that this will never give the same flavour as a pod, but for the sake of cost, I'm afraid I will go with this every time, unless it's a very special occasion. I would highly recommend it. It's only a small bottle but will last ages as it's quite potent.

      It lists the ingredients as
      Vanilla Extract
      Water
      Ethanol

      It is suitable for vegetarians.

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