Bickford Pure Vanilla is a water based flavor.
Bickford Flavors -- always a delicious resource for persons on a low-protein, low-carbohydrate, gluten-free or other health-related diet. These concentrated flavors infuse boring dishes with a flavor blast. All are kosher-certified.
Bickford products do not have any added alcohol, sugar or salt with the exception on the pure vanilla which contains 35% alcohol by volume. And they help make cooking and baking a culinary experiment extra-ordinaire.
What is a flavor?
Flavors are Bickford Flavors’ version of an extract. Bickford flavorings are formulated to be stronger than an "extract" (1/2 teaspoon flavor = 1 teaspoon extract).
But instead of the flavor being diluted in alcohol, Bickford flavorings are suspended in either a water-soluble or oil-soluble base. When to use oil-soluble or water-soluble flavoring will depend on what you are cooking up.
And yes! -- Water-soluble and oil-soluble base suspension is superior to alcohol.
Here’s why: Water and oil are more neutral carriers than alcohol; they impart no added flavor and do not evaporate as rapidly when exposed to heat. This allows the flavor to taste better, smell better, and not "bake-out," as a traditional alcohol-based extract.
Water-soluble flavors are ideal for baking and to flavor frosting. They are not appropriate for flavoring chocolate or hard candy due to their high water content. Oil-soluble flavors are ideal for salad dressings, roasting nuts, baking, and flavoring frostings and olive oils. However, both water-soluble and oil-soluble flavors can be used to flavor chocolate-candy centers.
What is “hard oil”?
“Hard Oils” are Bickford Flavors’ version of a highly concentrated flavor. These hard oils are formulated to be eight or more times concentrated than our flavors. Hard oils are ideal for hard tack candy, lollipops, and mints and are available in both a water-soluble and oil-soluble base.
What is the difference between light, dark and pure vanilla?
Both light and dark vanilla are imitation flavors whereas the pure vanilla contains 35% alcohol by volume using the best Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla beans.