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ARE GIVEN A MOST DELICATE AND APPETIZING RELISH, IF JUST TOUCHED UP A BIT WITH
LEA & PERRINS SAUCE
THE ORIGINAL & GENUINE WORCESTERSHIRE.
FOR SIXTY YEARS THIS SAUCE HAS GIVEN PERFECT SATISFACTION THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.
JOHN DUNCAN'S SONS. AG'TS.
Bele INCINNATI AND
GEN PASS & TRT AGT
ASST. GENL PISSOTME
BY ROBERT MANTON.
FTER the Mexicans have spent ninety days or more in curing the vanilla bean, their product is put into " bundles," each weighing from twelve to sixteen ounces. The beans are then pressed into shape, the ends of the bundles rounded by turning the ends of the beans in at the top of the bunch.
The beans of finest quality are put into cans, and the most skilled curers, who pride themselves upon the excellence of their product, carry their stock for one or two months before finally packing it in cases. Four or five "cans make up a "case." (See illustration.) Strictly high-grade Mexican beans, such as are used altogether in Burnett's Extracts, come out of the tropics in cedar wood cases. The spicy odor of the beans themselves, joined with the fragrance of cedar wood, gives off a perfume which is most grateful to the nostrils. The delightful odor lingers for days in a warehouse after the cases have been shipped away. The writer could tell, when he entered a store room in Vera Cruz, whether a stock of vanilla beans was carried then or had recently been stored there.
Vanilla beans are sorted into grades. The finest are packed as already described. More than one half of this quality of the last year's crop was
bought, and is being used by the Joseph Burnett Company. The inferior beans, which have been improperly cured, and thus decay and mould, are cut up into pieces a half inch or so in length. In trade circles these are known as "cuts." They are packed in large tin cases, holding from fifty to seventy-five pounds. "Cuts" are sent to market and used in the extracts which the housewife thinks are "cheap." The quality as well as the price is low. These cuts sell for about one third the price of the first class bean. Quality determines price in everything.
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In future issues of this magazine the results of man's futile attempts to cultivate the vanilla plant in other parts of the world will be described, and also the various devices and artifices employed in adulteration. Little does the housewife realize what injurious and poisonous mixtures are sold daily over the counters of stores and labelled "Vanilla Extract" in place of Burnett's. They are no more the extract of the fragrant Mexican bean than water colored with aniline is wine.
On various occasions Boards of Health have submitted cheap "Vanilla" extracts to the writer
with requests that he analyze them. Analyzation is simply impossible. Goodness only knows what many are made of. He has found Balsam of Peru, a watery decoction of the tonka, with possibly a little inferior vanilla in it, the cost of which would be perhaps $2.00 a gallon. Fully 70% of the vanilla extract sold
in the American market to-day is made from cuts, cheap or wild vanilla, strengthened and doctored by Vanillin, or artificial vanilla, made from clove stems or coal tar, colored and sweetened. The amount of rubbish which is thus bottled up and made attractive by a gaudy label, is amazing. The extract which the unsuspecting housewife buys cheap, really yields the maker anywhere
from 100 to 50 per cent. profit. Unscrupulous men pile up wealth at the expense of the public health.
The full deliciousness, flavor, and fragrance of the Mexican Vanilla bean are brought out only in the extracts made by the Joseph Burnett Company, of Boston, Mass. Every first-class grocer places them above all others, and makes comparisons by them. It is really a matter of pride to a manufacturer to have it said of his extract that it is "next below Burnett's."
(To be continued.)
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