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If you’re planning on ordering something expensive in the future,
and don’t mind waiting an extra day, you can save an extra 5% by
following a few simple steps!
1. Join and Sign in to Amazon.com
2. Go to the page of the item you want to get
NOTE: The item HAS to be sold by Amazon.com or it won’t work!
3. Click the Item under the “BETTER TOGETHER” section
4. Scroll down to the “Rate This Item” section and check the “I Own it” Box.
5. Come back the next day, and go to the “Today’s Deals” page next to the gold box at the top
6. Scroll down to your “Quick Picks”
7. The item you wanted should now be listed there, WITH the 5% discount applied.
If you have purchased item from Amazon before, you’ll need to adjust a few settings so they don’t affect the quick pick deals.
• At the top of Amazon’s page, click on “Recommendations”.
• This will list everything that is recommend broken down by category.
• Remove everything not related to the item you want by clicking “Not
interested” this may take quite a bit of time if you’ve purchased a few
items from Amazon. Another quick way to remove unwanted items is to
click on “Fix This” on an item and then click on “Don’t use for
These deals are meant to make you want to buy something related to
another item you already purchased from Amazon. But buy checking the “I
Own It” box, Amazon will give you deals on related items. Remember, you
want to say you own something related to the item you want, NOT the
Add some flavor to your favorite vodka through maceration
"Maceration" may sound like some crazy combat maneuver, but it's really what happens when a flavor is steeped into a fluid. If you're using the process to add flavor to your vodka, it's given the much cooler moniker of "infusion." Vodka distillers have caught onto the craze, but for the most part they've stuck to common flavors like citrus. But with a decent jar, some produce, and lots of vodka, anyone can create their own signature flavored spirit.
What You'll Need
Vodka - Vodka is easily the most important (and expensive) part of the process. Although practically any brand will do in a pinch, close attention should be paid to its ingredients and distillation methods. In short, the fewer high quality sources of starch (wheat, potato, or even soy), and the more distillation and filtration, the better. A quick and dirty test: If it smells like rubbing alcohol and burns going down, spend the extra ducats to upgrade. It doesn't matter what kind of flavor you infuse if the base vodka tastes like death.
Flavor - In terms of flavor, it's an open playing field. Berries, melons, vegetables, and even spices can be infused to add some kick. However, just like gourmet cooking, the fresher the ingredients the more vibrant the flavor. Frozen or jarred fruits and vegetables should be avoided at all costs. At a loss for which flavor to shoot for? Some common choices include: Watermelon, lemon, apple, strawberry, peach, mango, cucumber, chili, mint, ginger, garlic, and lavender. If you want to get really saucy, try mixing a few.
Infusion Jar - Almost any glass jar will work, if short on time or materials. If you can track down a bona fide infusion jar, even better. They're easy to spot as most have a spigot at the bottom and a secure lid for the top. In a worst case scenario, you can always go to local retailer (Target, Wal-Mart, etc.) and pick up a cheap sun tea jar. Just make sure that whatever you bring home is clear, can hold up to 750ml, and has a tight lid.
Step 1: Prepare the Produce
Slice everything well, exposing the flesh
Since there are a number of choices for flavor, there are tons of ways to prepare your fresh materials. If working with fruit, be sure to expose the flesh. This means slicing into things like melons and strawberries, removing the rinds of fruit like mangoes, and getting rid of any pits. The same type of rules apply for vegetables -- if the section in question doesn't harbor flavor, get rid of it. Once the unnecessary bits have been removed, cut your selection(s) into medium-sized sections. Think "fruit salad," not "puree."
Step 2: Fill the Jar
Once the produce is prepared, it can go into the empty jar. If you've gone the spigot route, make sure the spigot is tightly closed. Traditional methods of infusion call for the jar to be filled (but not packed) with fruit/vegetables. Since that can turn out to be a sizable commitment to a whole lot of alcohol, it's advised to start with modest quantities.
Step 3: Add the Vodka
Pour in the good stuff
Once you've added the desired amount of fruit, start dousing it with the desired amount of vodka. The goal is to make sure that your produce is covered (if not submerged) in vodka. Don't mind any floaters -- they're normal. Also keep in mind that the ratio of vodka to produce has a direct effect on flavor, so pour accordingly. When you've poured in the desired amount (or filled the jar), throw on the lid and make sure it's sealed tightly. Place the jar in the refrigerator, or in a cool, dark place. Direct sunlight can wreak all sorts of havoc, so keep it away from the sun at all costs.
Step 4: Wait For It...
This is the hardest part of the process -- waiting. Stronger flavors like citrus can be infused as quickly as couple days, while mellow flavors like water melon and apple can take a week. Really light flavors like cucumber and lavender can take as long as two weeks. Since preference plays a big part in the end result, it's wise to periodically taste the mixture to see where it's at. A day more (or less) won't likely ruin the mixture, and if you splurged on the jar with the spigot pouring the occasional 'test shot' shouldn't be a problem.
Step 5: Strain It
A strainer and a coffee filter are all you need to remove the pulpy bits
After the desired taste is reached, it's time to rid the vodka of the fruit/vegetable pulp. The easiest method is to line a wire mesh strainer with cheese cloth (coffee filters work too), set it on top of a bowl or pitcher, and then pour the contents of your infusion jar through. Once it has made its way through you can discard the pulp, and enjoy your infused vodka.