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Old 10-04-2003, 10:54 AM
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I haven't started any crafts yet as I've been finding such great gifts, new, in the thrift shops. Yesterday, I found the coffee mug with heater unit, retail $5-9, $.50, unopened! I was going to put it with the Christmas stuff, but a friend is having a birthday so will get it today. Saved me a trip to find a b'day present too!
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Old 10-04-2003, 12:45 PM
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One of the Goodwills around here has

Brand new items as well...but right now it's all Halloween things so I'll have to wait on Stocking Stuffers...
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Old 10-04-2003, 03:13 PM
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I found an old .......1950's? aluminum cooler @ the fleamarket today. It was only $3.00, and will make a perfect addition to my b/f's growing aluminum collection. Found the bottle opener w/cap collector last month for a dollar....so I'm about done with his Christmas. Going to decorate the opener with either Heineken labels, or the Buccaneers logo.
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Old 10-06-2003, 08:50 AM
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I season the bones of choice up w/ salt and papper and maybe garlic and roast them for a long period of time till they are nice and brown and the juices are flowing.

Then I transfer them to a stock pot cover with water and some root veggies like carrots, onions and celery and cook until I reduce the volume like in half or three quarters. Strain this. It will thicken as it reduces, it becomes gelatinous when chilled and a small amount like a Tablespoon or 2 can be used in a stock, or in a sauce to give it a fantastic flavor.

The bones are cheap but it is time consuming, I wouldn't even say labor intensive. But it takes all day.

Chefs buy theirs already made and it is very expensive.

Since I get my bones very cheap ( 10-20 cents a pound) I can make it cheaper except for time and then I can go about other things while these roast and cook. Sometimes I even use a crook pot to do the stock part with the lid 1/2 off . That way I can leave it unattended all together.

I made beef veggie soup and added a spoon of it to it and the flavor was fantastic.
It also freezes well.
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Old 10-06-2003, 10:26 AM
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Ruth - Mmm, this sounds so good! I think I'd like to try it. How do you roast the bones? Do you can this in jars when you're all done?

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I just lie them out on a cookie sheet, there will be grease and I dump that into the stock but I degrease it before I store it. I am not sure if it can be canned, I guess it could in a pressure canner but I usually just freeze mine, or use it within a few weeks.
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Has anyone ever made homemade vanilla? I read a long time ago about taking a cheap bottle of vodka, adding a vanilla bean and waiting three months. Then you have real vanilla. Anyone hear of this or try it? I am very interested as gifts this Christmas if it really works.
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Ruth - thank you so much, I'm going to try this!

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OmommyO -

I found this one.....but it says to use bourbon.


HOMEMADE VANILLA

Recipe By :
Serving Size : 1 Preparation Time :0:00
Categories : Gifts Condiments

Amount Measure Ingredient -- Preparation Method
-------- ------------ --------------------------------
md To high quality BOURBON
FRESH Vanilla beans -- few

Mix some medium good to high quality BOURBON with a
few FRESH VANILLA BEANS. Cut open beans length-wise
(slit them). Put in a big crockor jar with boubon
(lots). Let age for 2-3 months. Transfer to smaller
bottles. Decorate with cute label and red/green
ribbon. Good homemade vanilla. Include a recipe using
Vanilla (cookies, french toast, etc.)
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HOMEMADE VANILLA

There's very little that compares to the tantalizing aroma of vanilla. A small decorative bottle filled with homemade vanilla makes a great stocking stuffer or gift for cooking enthusiasts.
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TRADITIONAL VANILLA

INGREDIENTS : (Makes 8-ounces)

1/2-pint Vodka
4 Vanilla beans
Seal tight bottle or container
Decorative bottle

1. Using a sharp kitchen knife, cut a lengthwise slit down the middle of each vanilla bean.

2. Cut vanilla beans into 1/2-3/4 inch pieces.

3. Pour vodka into your container.

4. Add vanilla beans to container and shake.

5. Wait and shake. It will take 30-days for the vanilla extract to mature. Once each day, vigorously shake the container for 30-seconds.

6. Once the 30-day cycle has finished, strain the liquid through a colander or coffee filter and place in decorative bottle.
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BRANDY VANILLA

INGREDIENTS : (Makes 8-ounces)

1 cup Brandy
1 whole vanilla bean

1. Place Brandy into seal-tight container.

2. Add one vanilla bean.

3. Wait. It will take 3-weeks for vanilla to cure properly.

4. Pour into decorator bottle.

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TIPS

FOR added visual appearance, use vanilla beans to decorate. Tie small vanilla beans to the outside of the bottle's lid or add a small, uncut vanilla bean to the inside of the bottle.

FOR even stronger, more potent vanilla extract, allow the liquid 6 months to one year of sitting time.

MAKE your own label using common stick-on address labels and attach to the outside of the bottle.

BUYING vanilla beans at a natural foods store will be less expensive than picking them up at the corner market.

VANILLA keeps its natural flavors best when stored in a dark colored, airtight, corked bottle.

SMALL corked decorative bottles can be purchased almost anywhere.

TIE a recipe card to your decorated bottle for brownies, pies or cakes which require vanilla.

GIVE your gift of vanilla with the extract's recipe attached.
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