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Vanilla paste??

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

I was wondering if anyone has every used vanilla paste instead of the liquid.  I am making cut out cookies and saw where someone used paste and said it was better.  Any suggestions??

post #2 of 12

I really like vanilla paste. I use it in the same amount as extract in recipes. I like the look of it in food, since the caviar can be seen throughout. It has no alcohol in it, and is thick. I really like it, but it isn't an absolute must-have, if you don't have it. Just use extract.

post #3 of 12

I never use extract, I'll scrape vanilla beans or use the paste. There is actually an obvious taste difference, I've never done a vanilla frosting for someone and have them ask me to sacrifice the taste for no black dots, lol.

post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

Can I ask where you get your beans??  I live in a rural area and they are not sold at my local store.  I am a little nervious to just buy from anyone off the internet.

post #5 of 12

I actually order them from Madagascar, but I order in large cases, so it's pretty pricey, (they last for ages though!).

If you do a google search for madagascar vanilla beans, you can probably find them for about $10 for half a pound.

The grocery stores here sell them for $14 for 2, the mark up is insane.

post #6 of 12

I have ordered from vanillasaffron.com, and get a really good price on pastes, beans, extracts. There is also vanilla.com (I believe) and they are all about fare trade stuff. Oh, Beanilla is another place to get beans.

post #7 of 12
Oops, my mistake. I have ordered from saffron.com. The company name is Vanilla Saffron Imports.
post #8 of 12

Many sell them on eBay.

There. Their. They're not the same.

I hope I die before "your" becomes the official contraction of "you are."

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There. Their. They're not the same.

I hope I die before "your" becomes the official contraction of "you are."

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post #9 of 12

I love vanilla bean paste.  Whilst it is pricey actual vanilla beans are exhorbitantly priced where I live.  I use paste in foods where I want a pronounced vanilla taste, such as in vanilla ice-cream.  In cakes that have other flavourings I use extract.
 

post #10 of 12

I use Madagascar vanilla bean paste for  Vanilla cakes and cupcakes and buttercream.  Its decicious and adds intense flavour,  I buy it from lakeland.co.uk

post #11 of 12

I ordered a huge container of paste from Amazon.  It was the Nielsen Massey brand.  However, you can order bulk vanilla beans from JR Mushrooms.

post #12 of 12
Great thread for vanilla beans and paste. Thanks for sharing. The last time I bought them, I think it was 2/$10 or something crazy. But yet vanilla beans are amazing!
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