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Vanilla Substitute – Jack Daniels Single Barrel

Cook and Bake with Jack Daniels

Cook and Bake with Jack Daniels

Did you know that you can substitute Jack Daniels Whiskey for Vanilla? I’m a big Jack Daniels fan. Besides ‘on the rocks’ it can do wonders to add unique flavor to many recipes.

We recently had the opportunity to tour the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee. If you get the chance, GO!!! The Basic Tour is FREE and if you are over 21 you can sign up for the Sampling Tour for a mere $12.00 per person. When you go, don’t skip the town of Lynchburg. Park and walk around. It’s small enough to walk the whole square and stop in one of the restaurants for a nice lunch. You won’t leave without stopping at one of the several unique culinary/candy shops where you can get your specialty chocolates incorporated with Ole’ Jack! Mmmmm.

There are several different varieties of this amazing whiskey as well as multiple uses besides the old-fashioned ‘medicinal’ one on the rocks. Jack Daniels Single Barrel is a perfect one for one substitute for Vanilla in your baking and cooking. It has deep rich color and flavor. I don’t ALWAYS have Single Barrel on hand as it is a bit expensive. BUT Jack Daniels Old No. 7 will work too. If you are looking for sweetness, then the Tennessee Honey Whiskey would be a good choice. Jack Daniels Fireball will add a boost of hot cinnamon to your recipes.

When grocery shopping, take note of the items boasting Jack Daniels in its ingredients. It isn’t a well-kept secret, but one that is often overlooked. From Barbecues to Cakes and Cookies and Candy. You just can’t beat a good shot of Jack Daniels to add flavor and excitement to your culinary crafts.

Higher Elevation = Lower Boiling Point

After spending nearly six months in Texas for the winter, we headed Northwest to explore New Mexico, Utah and Colorado. I hadn’t given any thought to the impact higher elevations would have on my cooking and grilling.

Higher Elevation Lower Boiling Point

Higher Elevation Lower Boiling Point

That is until we were at 5,000 feet above sea level and DH’s Whole Grain Oatmeal that I prepare in the microwave boiled over like a volcano. Ooops. I knew the elevation was the cause and decided that I should revisit the topic before I ruined a more expensive meal.

The reduced air pressure at higher elevations affects the boiling point of water. Did you know that once water reaches the boiling point, that is as hot as it will ever get regardless of how much higher you turn up the heat. For every 500 feet of elevation, the boiling point is reduced by 1 degree F. Thus cooking oatmeal in the microwave for the same amount of time I did in Texas was an extremely messy mistake.

I found some good articles in About Food.com. The first does a good job of explaining ‘what is happening’ at higher elevations and the second provides tips to use when cooking, baking and grilling at higher elevations.

Higher Altitude Lower Boiling Point

High Altitude Cooking Tips

Use the comment section to share any High Altitude Cooking Tips or experiences that you have.