9 knockoffs as good as the originals
These stand-ins work just fine when you can't have (or can't afford) the real thing.
Who writes this stuff?
To be called real Vanilla, the FDA mandated that the vanilla had to contain 35% alcohol. Other, better tasting vanillas, like Watkins Vanilla, have only 8% vanilla. Guess which one tastes best and cooks better? Yep, the one in which you get more vanilla and less alcohol because the alchohol burns off when you cook with it. Another reason that the totally imitation vanillas can cook better than the so-called 'real' vanilla. Less alcohol, more flavor.
Beware of Mexican vanilla - tastes great but they don't have a FDA protecting you. They often spray the beans with rat posions to take care of the rats in their unsafe storage areas. Caveat emptor.
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