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Vanilla Bean Paste

post #1 of 10
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I'm looking for opinions regarding vanilla bean paste in cake recipes. I want to get away from using cheap artificial vanilla extracts and go to something more potent. Have you used it? How do you use it? Is it worth the price? What brands do you recommend? Thanks! icon_smile.gif
post #2 of 10
I have some Nielsen-Massey Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean paste that I use in frosting. You can buy it on amazon. I have used it in other recipes when I was out of vanilla extract. 1T vanilla bean paste = 1T vanilla extract =1 vanilla bean.
post #3 of 10
I use the same conversion as Drea88. I buy my vanilla beans through Vanilla Products USA. You can order through their site or, if you search Amazon, they sell there too and give free shipping. They are a fabulous quality, much cheaper than grocery store beans and fast shipping. Seriously, don't even both with grocery store beans! They are generally dry and costly. With my last batch of beans, I even made homemade vanilla extract. It is wonderful and easy to make!! No more store bought extract here. HTH icon_biggrin.gif
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Thanks for the info! icon_smile.gif
post #5 of 10

You can also buy the Nielsen-Massey Madagascar bourbon vanilla bean paste and vanilla beans at Sur La Table stores.  They also usually have wonderful cocoa powders.  Worth the visit.

post #6 of 10
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Never heard of that store. I'm in NW Illinois.
post #7 of 10
William sonoma have a really good one
post #8 of 10

Sorry mamabakes3, looks like those stores are only around the Chicago area in Illinois.  You can get them online as mentioned above.  Amazon.com is a good place.

post #9 of 10
If you want really good paste, skip that Niellsen Massey stuff, and head to www.vanillaproducts.usa Pick up some beans while you're there, and start brewing your own extract. You'll never buy extract again, nor spend the money on that other paste, which just has some seeds thrown in for effect. The paste at VPUSA is pure ground pods. No filler or sweeteners.
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Awesome! That sounds like a job for Hubby.icon_wink.gif
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