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Vanilla extract is made from vanilla beans that have been steeped in alcohol. It's widely used throughout the world to flavor desserts, like baked goods, ice cream, beverages, and custards, but some chefs use it as a secret ingredient in savory dishes as well.
How to Select
It is very easily available in grocery stores. Pay for a good brand and verify on the dates stamped - manufacturing and expiry.
· If they are being used in desserts such as ice cream, custards, crème sauces, or any liquid textured dessert, the essence can be added to the water being steeped for the dessert.
· Vanilla extract is a stronger, liquid form of the flavoring and is often used to flavor brownies, cookies and a variety of cakes.
· Vanilla is an excellent food flavouring agent
· A major use of vanilla is in flavouring ice cream. The most common flavour of ice-cream is vanilla.
How to Store
Store it in the refrigerator, sealed properly. Keep the extract in a cool dry area away from the heat.