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#566723 - 12/12/16 01:56 AM Home Made EggNog  
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I love EggNog, but the stuff is just full of sugar and fat. So, I decided to try a low carb recipe. Unsweetened almond milk and stevia are the major changes to the traditional recipe. I must say, this stuff was pretty gosh darn awful. It had a good eggnog flavor, but it also had a burnt flavor to it. I guess I over cooked it. Oh well.

As a replacement, I created a concoction of Bailey's, Kahlua, spiced rum, half and half, almond milk, and nutmeg. No cooking, so low risk. Not bad tasting!

Any other stories, good or bad, of making eggnog or other holiday libations?

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That concoction sounds nice. Might have to give that a go.

One thing that I have not had in ages is Rum Balls. My mom used to make them every year.

Very simple to make. Just use:

Vanilla Wafers
confectioner's Sugar
Some kind of sweet syrup (whatever floats your boat).

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RUM!

I prefer a dark and slightly spicy rum such as Pusser's.


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#566737 - 12/15/16 04:38 PM Re: Home Made EggNog [Re: Dock Holiday]  
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I love eggnog but limit myself to one quart during the holidays. Tina doesn't drink it so I tend to slowly sip it. Well, for the first few sips, then I guzzle it.

Our daughter in law made some. It was OK, but didn't really have that eggnog taste. Lots of rum though so it was still good.


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#566747 - 12/17/16 03:08 AM Re: Home Made EggNog [Re: Dock Holiday]  
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#566756 - 12/18/16 02:16 AM Re: Home Made EggNog [Re: Dock Holiday]  
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Eggnog, yechh...doctored up french toast batter is all it is, and my taste buds just don't like it... sick


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#566762 - 12/18/16 04:54 PM Re: Home Made EggNog [Re: Dock Holiday]  
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Hey PH! Got got really bold today and made a batch of the Aged Eggnog.

Only a week to Christmas. But it makes about 3/4 of a gallon and so I should have some left to see how much better it gets come New Years.


It has a pretty good flavor now. Can't wait to see how it mellows with age.


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#566765 - 12/18/16 08:14 PM Re: Home Made EggNog [Re: Dock Holiday]  
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Admin, please give us a post-holidays update on the eggnog!



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Better yet, give us a running commentary of partaking of the eggnog.
Didn't Bones do that one year?


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#566767 - 12/19/16 01:25 AM Re: Home Made EggNog [Re: Dock Holiday]  
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I just tried again. This time, I used lower heat, stirred more frequently, and left out the Stevia. Much better than before - tastes like regular ole eggnog, but mediocre at best. Less sugar and fat, but less flavor as well. Not sure if I will try a 3rd time. Might just pour the rum over rocks and be done with it.


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Will definitely report on how it comes out. thumb

Dock,

I'm thinking that attempting to keep it healthy (less sugar and fat) is what is keeping it from tasting good. It's not like you'll be drinking gallons of the stuff, so go with the sugar and fat and enjoy it. grin


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#566773 - 12/19/16 06:25 PM Re: Home Made EggNog [Re: Admin]  
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Originally Posted By: Admin

Dock,

I'm thinking that attempting to keep it healthy (less sugar and fat) is what is keeping it from tasting good. It's not like you'll be drinking gallons of the stuff, so go with the sugar and fat and enjoy it. grin


Good point. However, after having made 2 batches, I have had enough for the season. Given that it has been below zero for the last 2 days, it is time to focus on drinking margaritas on the beach. thumb

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Oh I am guaranteeing that gets made here.

I love Egg Nog
Alton is one of my major food teachers (I am still learning that which I cook).

That just looks GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOD.


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Incidentally, I NEVER cook egg nog.

The only egg nog recipe I cook is to make ice cream (the custard base).


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Just made Alton's Aged Egg Nog, double batch.

Been too busy with another truck-project (deer-shredder front bumper) to do it before.

It's mighty good fresh, if it "mellows" as it ages,, it's going to be mighty smooth later on, or next year.

This may become an annual thing, like my pfeffernuttes.


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I just tasted my batch. All I can say is that I REALLY wish I had made a double batch as well. TRIPLE!

At just one week old, it is much better than the day I mixed it. Very smooth and it did mellow a bit. If this stuff keeps getting better with age, it will be some seriously good Christmas juice.

I'm thinking that two months should do nicely. I will definitely be making at least a double batch next year come November. thumb


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Sounds great -- I think a batch or two is in my future.

Happy Holidays to all!



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Originally Posted By: Admin

I just tasted my batch. All I can say is that I REALLY wish I had made a double batch as well. TRIPLE!

At just one week old, it is much better than the day I mixed it. Very smooth and it did mellow a bit. If this stuff keeps getting better with age, it will be some seriously good Christmas juice.

I'm thinking that two months should do nicely. I will definitely be making at least a double batch next year come November. thumb


Ok, that's it. Cover me, I'm going in and making some...





“One quart cream, one quart milk, one dozen tablespoons sugar, one pint brandy, pint rye whiskey, pint Jamaica rum, pint sherry — mix liquor first, then separate yolks and whites of 12 eggs, add sugar to beaten yolks, mix well. Add milk and cream, slowly beating. Beat whites of eggs until stiff and fold slowly into mixture. Let set in cool place for several days. Taste frequently.”


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So, anyone have any aged egg nog left?

I made a half batch during the holidays and have a pint stashed away. The second pint aged three weeks before we got into it. I have to say, I REALLY like it! Will definitely be making larger batches in the years to come.

And thanks to Admin reminding me how good they are, I made rum balls this year as well. A few family members commented that they had too much rum in them. ouch I'm not complaining, more for me!



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We just finished off the first half of our batch. Wow, did it get smooth!

I think I am going to wait at least another month before cracking the second bottle.

My wife kept asking me if I was sure that it had not spoiled. I told her with all that alcohol, there was no way anything was going to grow in there. grin



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Been looking at that qt. jar in the back of the main fridge for a while now, still 5 more in the downstairs fridge, so I poured a small glass (late, I'm tired).

That is niiiiice............... smooth, not too boozy, certainly not 'spoiled'.


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Originally Posted By: WayWeGo
We just finished off the first half of our batch. Wow, did it get smooth!

I think I am going to wait at least another month before cracking the second bottle.

My wife kept asking me if I was sure that it had not spoiled. I told her with all that alcohol, there was no way anything was going to grow in there. grin


Will a batch be available for August?


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Originally Posted By: On Holiday
Will a batch be available for August?


That might be arranged in exchange for some boat rides...

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Ok, I'm resurrecting this one from the archieves so a few of us can make this together and compare notes......who's with me on this?


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By the way, I call dibs on Alton Brown's recipe.......


Ingredients

12 large eggs (pasteurized if you need peace of mind)
1 pound sugar
1 pint half-n-half
1 pint whole milk
1 pint heavy cream
1 cup Jamaican rum
1 cup cognac
1 cup bourbon
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg (plus more for serving)
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

Instructions

Separate the eggs and store the whites for another purpose.
Beat the yolks with the sugar and nutmeg in a large mixing bowl until the mixture lightens in color and falls off the whisk in a solid "ribbon."
Combine dairy, booze and salt in a second bowl or pitcher and then slowly beat into the egg mixture.
Move to a large glass jar (or a couple of smaller ones) and store in the fridge for a minimum of 2 weeks. A month would be better, and two better still. In fact, there's nothing that says you couldn't age it a year, but I've just never been able to wait that long. (And yes, you can also drink it right away.)
Serve in mugs or cups topped with a little extra nutmeg grated right on top.


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Originally Posted by Parrott_head
Ok, I'm resurrecting this one from the archieves so a few of us can make this together and compare notes......who's with me on this?


I am game.

However, my attempts last year were so awful that I might switch to making a "Tom and Jerry" instead.

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I'm in.

In full disclosure, I still have a pint in the refrigerator from last December...

One thing that I think is strange in Alton Brown's recipe is the pint of milk, pint of heavy cream, pint of half-n-half. Why not just use three pints of half-n-half???



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Originally Posted by WayWeGo
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One thing that I think is strange in Alton Brown's recipe is the pint of milk, pint of heavy cream, pint of half-n-half. Why not just use three pints of half-n-half???


In his write up available at a link I post earlier in this topic he says he is very picky about the texture or something like that and has found this blend has the best in his opinion....

My first step is that I do not have a glass pitcher large enough to do this with. So I bought a gallon jar of hot dill pickles and I'm eating two or three a day so I can wash and use the glass jar and lid they came in....


What's a "Tom and Jerry"?




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Originally Posted by Parrott_head
In his write up available at a link I post earlier in this topic he says he is very picky about the texture or something like that and has found this blend has the best in his opinion....

I would love to see him tell the difference in a blind test unless it is a brand thing. Half-n-half is supposed to be half heavy cream and half whole milk. And if it isn't, I think I would prefer 3c milk and 3c cream anyway. YMMV!



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Man, I am getting burned out on hot dill pickles.....


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Are you sure that eggnog won't have a bite to it? I have had difficulty getting the taste from pickle jars out before using them for other foods...



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Originally Posted by WayWeGo
Are you sure that eggnog won't have a bite to it? I have had difficulty getting the taste from pickle jars out before using them for other foods...


I use a glass jar. Scrub it well and soak in baking soda. Will use wax paper under the lid. I don't small anything.

I did find out that small bottle of booze only hold a little less than seven ounces of fluid...200 ML.....so I can either reduce all the ingredients by about 10% or just add more Jamaican Rum to make up for lack of bourbon an cognac,...


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.......and here is a batch of Alton Brown's recipe for eggnogg......about 40% booze.....



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My family is doubting the safety of drinking the eggnog I made almost 10 months ago. With that much alcohol, I don't see any way that something could grow in there. At this point, I am going to keep it until the holidays and compare to a new batch to see how the aging affects the taste.



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Just made a new batch for the holidays, and have a pint from last year to compare with. This year's batch went into a beer growler for sharing with family, a pint that may be kept until next year, and a glass that I shared with my wife. Can't wait for the tasting. Stay tuned for the results...



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Originally Posted by WayWeGo
One thing that I think is strange in Alton Brown's recipe is the pint of milk, pint of heavy cream, pint of half-n-half. Why not just use three pints of half-n-half???


On Alton Brown's website, I learned that half-n-half is actually 50% light cream and 50% whole milk, so that is why the interesting combination. The end result would be 50% whole milk, 33% heavy cream and 17% light cream.

I think I might go to 3 cups heavy cream and 3 cups whole milk next time I make this. The difference should be subtle and the mixture just slightly creamier.



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I've been reading about the chemistry of Eggnog and WayWeGo is on to something. Also Eggnog can curdle if the proteins in the milk start to link up. The higher the fat content, the less likely it is to curdle.


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I think I should have made a larger batch so I could have some now. Getting a taste last week when I made up this year's batch left me craving some NOW!

Have to be strong so I have enough to share with family during the holidays... nono



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I am getting excited about tasting this year's batch against last years -- only a couple of weeks to go! I have been good so far and have not cracked open any jars since I made it a couple of months ago, especially since I liked it so much when first made.



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#569791 - 12/21/17 11:10 AM Re: Home Made EggNog [Re: Dock Holiday]  
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Ok, a quick update.

I had a bit a week ago to see how it would affect me. There were no health issues. I will tell you right now, this is the best eggnog I have had. The flavor is more complex than commercial and the texture is creamy with being gummy. I shared some during an early Xmas dinner with all that wanted it. It was a hit. My elderly family members tried some and experienced no health issues either, which was a huge relief. I am taking it to a Christmas eve family get together to finish it off. If you have any interest at all in this type of cooking, give the Alton Brown recipe a try.


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#569796 - 12/21/17 01:12 PM Re: Home Made EggNog [Re: Dock Holiday]  
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PH, glad to hear you survived!

I will have about 3 quarts to share with family this year, one of which was made a year ago. Can't wait!



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#569810 - 12/21/17 02:23 PM Re: Home Made EggNog [Re: Dock Holiday]  
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For the dinner I purchased a Rib Eye Roast....kind of a high end cut of meat for me. I got it from US Chefs, a store that is open to the public but is geared towards caterers and restaurants.
The roast was Certified Angus Beef and weighed in at 13.3 pounds. I wrapped it and aged it in the fridge for about 5 days and then cooked it. Came out pretty well, very tender and flavorful. Saved some serious coin buying it where I did...


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#569971 - 01/05/18 03:47 PM Re: Home Made EggNog [Re: Dock Holiday]  
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It appears that I am the only one in my extended family who appreciates eggnog with more than a hint of alcohol. That means, I got to drink almost all of it! Woohoo!!!

And for the curious, the year old eggnog was definitely smoother, though I am not sure I used the exact same ingredients. I might have used brandy instead of cognac the first time...

When I told my relatives that I had year old eggnog, they were all gagging and only after I tried it were they interested in a sip.



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#569988 - 01/09/18 06:25 PM Re: Home Made EggNog [Re: Dock Holiday]  
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I'll be making it next year...only in July maybe..


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