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I cant get on the site, it says the server is down....maybe it was too good to be true

Hmmmm, it doesn't look like it posted the whole URL in the forum. Does just clicking on it not work? In any event, like I said, you should try searching ebay's items for "organic vanilla".

With my order I also got a list of "special" prices that I can use as a previous customer instead of ebay. The prices are quite reasonable. They of course have them by weight as well, but I am not very good with the metric system despite its superiority.

20 beans for 16.50 (tahitian)

20 beans for 18 (bourbon)

Those are for 6-7, they have larger ones which are obviously more expensive. They have a website organic-vanilla.com, but apparently it is still "coming soon". It looks like they are trying to buy it or something, because right now the website is something else.

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I have been buying vanilla for awhile through places like penzey's and trader joe's and in general it is rather expensive. Ordering from some of the places listed on the forums definitely is cheaper, but I have recently found a very nice source.

Strangely, there is a company selling on ebay for pretty stellar prices. I know I know, it's ebay, but still. The buy it now prices are reasonable, but recently I was able to get an auction price of $10 for 1/2 of vanilla, 6-7". $3 was tacked on for shipping. They are tahitian and supposedly organic. I can at the very least say that the ones I was delivered are quite good, and the price is absolutely phenomenal. Total shipping time was 1 day, and total price was $13, quite a steal for 1/2 lb. of what I would consider good quality vanilla beans.

You can search ebay for "organic vanilla", and I dug up the "store" site here:

http://stores.ebay.com/The-Organic-Vanilla...aderLinksQQtZkm?

Thanks for the link! I just won 1/4 lb 7" & longer Tahitian vanilla beans for $11 USD including shipping to Canada. Delivery is 3 - 5 days so I'll let you know when I get them how they are. I'm pretty excited as they are about $7 Canadian for 2 beans in the stores here.


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I just ordered a pound of beans, tahitian 2nd grade we will see how good for $29.95, at least I'll make my own vanilla paste and powder instead of buying for awhile.

Their is also a company called Tripper that has vanilla and vanilla beans. They made a deal with me if I buy 4 gallons of paste its something like $55.00 a gallon, but I have to buy a minimum of 4. Anyone wanna go in with me?


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I just ordered a pound of beans, tahitian 2nd grade we will see how good for $29.95, at least I'll make my own vanilla paste and powder instead of buying for awhile.

Their is also a company called Tripper that has vanilla and vanilla beans. They made a deal with me if I buy 4 gallons of paste its something like $55.00 a gallon, but I have to buy a minimum of 4. Anyone wanna go in with me?

Can you tell me how you make your own paste?

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Just got my pound of vanilla beans from organic vanilla.com...They seem plump, pretty fragrant, I'll see how they fair when used tomorrow. If they are good I will take advantage of their 5 pound deal for $110.00.

I make vanilla paste by using the beans. Drying them out, grinding them in a spice grinder then mixing them with light corn syrup enough to make a paste.


"Chocolate has no calories....

Chocolate is food for the soul, The soul has no weight, therefore no calories" so said a customer, a lovely southern woman, after consuming chocolate indulgence

SWEET KARMA DESSERTS

www.sweetkarmadesserts.com

550 East Meadow Ave. East meadow, NY 11554

516-794-4478

Brian Fishman

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Just got my pound of vanilla beans from organic vanilla.com...They seem plump, pretty fragrant, I'll see how they fair when used tomorrow. If they are good I will take advantage of their 5 pound deal for $110.00.

I make vanilla paste by using the beans. Drying them out, grinding them in a spice grinder then mixing them with light corn syrup enough to make a paste.

I just "won" a half lb for 5.50. Why would you pay 110 for 5 lbs? The auctions are a lot cheaper.

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Sometimes I just dont feel like dealing with the bidding


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SWEET KARMA DESSERTS

www.sweetkarmadesserts.com

550 East Meadow Ave. East meadow, NY 11554

516-794-4478

Brian Fishman

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Just got my pound of vanilla beans from organic vanilla.com...They seem plump, pretty fragrant, I'll see how they fair when used tomorrow. If they are good I will take advantage of their 5 pound deal for $110.00.

I make vanilla paste by using the beans. Drying them out, grinding them in a spice grinder then mixing them with light corn syrup enough to make a paste.

I'm eager to hear what you think of the beans you bought, bripastry. Have you used tahitensis beans before? I haven't, and I'm curious to hear about their flavor, since the vendor says they contain "very little vanillin."


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I think their prices have gone down even more! Just started reading this thread and now I want some! What about the vanilla extract? Are any of the different kinds superior to the next? Recommendations?


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The beans are alittle scrawny but, fragrant and they are working fine for my applications. Not a bad deal, when you are in business for yourself, every dollar counts so sometimes you cant buy the best of everything but I still like to come close.


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Chocolate is food for the soul, The soul has no weight, therefore no calories" so said a customer, a lovely southern woman, after consuming chocolate indulgence

SWEET KARMA DESSERTS

www.sweetkarmadesserts.com

550 East Meadow Ave. East meadow, NY 11554

516-794-4478

Brian Fishman

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The beans are alittle scrawny but, fragrant and they are working fine for my applications. Not a bad deal, when you are in business for yourself, every dollar counts so sometimes you cant buy the best of everything but I still like to come close.

I understand completely! I went ahead and ordered some, and I'm looking forward to experimenting.


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thanks to the eBay tip, I am the proud owner of 1 lb of 5-6" organic tahitian vanilla beans. $14.25! They arrived plump and almost waxy. I don't see any vanillin crystals on the beans. Also, several of the beans are smaller than 5 inches.

How does the bean length contribute to bean flavor?

looking for favorite vanilla extract methods...


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thanks to the eBay tip, I am the proud owner of 1 lb of 5-6" organic tahitian vanilla beans.  $14.25!  They arrived plump and almost waxy.  I don't see any vanillin crystals on the beans.  Also, several of the beans are smaller than 5 inches.

How does the bean length contribute to bean flavor? 

looking for favorite vanilla extract methods...

I got my beans too. I thought there were smaller( even the supposed 6-7 inch length) and less plump than other beans Ive bought, but hey, the price is right. I'll just end up using 3 of these instead of 1 of another.

What did other think?

remember the old adage, "you get what you pay for" that certainly applied here.

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I received mine last Tuesday. They were supposed to be 7" or longer, they are all about 7", not longer, but that doesn't bother me. I've never used vanilla beans before because of the expense so the only thing I have to compare with is what I see in vials at the grocery store. They are definitely plumper. There are no crystals and the flavour isn't strong but I'll have to try another brand in order to know how they compare. I've been using them more for looks and adding a bit of pure vanilla extract as well. :)


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I received mine last Tuesday. They were supposed to be 7" or longer, they are all about 7", not longer, but that doesn't bother me. I've never used vanilla beans before because of the expense so the only thing I have to compare with is what I see in vials at the grocery store. They are definitely plumper. There are no crystals and the flavour isn't strong but I'll have to try another brand in order to know how they compare. I've been using them more for looks and adding a bit of pure vanilla extract as well. :)

Try making some of your own vanilla extract. I saw Chef at Home( Michael Smith) do it on an episode he did about vanilla. He took a large mason jar, split open( dont know if he split open, but I do) about 20 beans and then filled the jar with a little commerical extract for a starter and then topped with booze. I skipped the commerical extract part and just used some vodka. I also made a couple jars with bourbon for gifts. It takes a few months to cure. I used shmirnoff and i think that was too harsh. I'll stick with the bourbon from now on.

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I skipped the commerical extract part and just used some vodka.  I also made a couple jars with bourbon for gifts.  It takes a few months to cure.  I used shmirnoff and i think that was too harsh.  I'll stick with the bourbon from now on.

me too... I've had a couple of beans is Vodka since about February (just enough Vodka to cover - though now that I see all of your links, I need to get more beans soon). I haven't checked it in a while - but it's turning into a recognizable form of extract. Smells good too.

When I was in university my prof had a bunch of jars going with different liquids - I used the vodka hoping that it would keep the vanilla flavour as pure as possible... but I can see where using a different type might be less harsh. But do you taste bourban or do you taste vanilla? Inquiring minds want to know.


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I skipped the commerical extract part and just used some vodka.  I also made a couple jars with bourbon for gifts.  It takes a few months to cure.  I used shmirnoff and i think that was too harsh.  I'll stick with the bourbon from now on.

me too... I've had a couple of beans is Vodka since about February (just enough Vodka to cover - though now that I see all of your links, I need to get more beans soon). I haven't checked it in a while - but it's turning into a recognizable form of extract. Smells good too.

When I was in university my prof had a bunch of jars going with different liquids - I used the vodka hoping that it would keep the vanilla flavour as pure as possible... but I can see where using a different type might be less harsh. But do you taste bourban or do you taste vanilla? Inquiring minds want to know.

I honestly cant stand the taste of hard liquor so Ive never tasted it. It just smells a lot less harsh. The alcohol is supposed to burn off anyway, right?

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Still wondering about the extract... (see my previous post) What are the differences between the different kinds and is one superior?


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The most amazing vanilla beans I have seen come from Mariage freres (www.mariagefreres.com). Also the most expensive! But WOW, they are so huge and fragrant... I did not know it was possible for vanilla beans to become so big. In comparaison, ordinary vanilla beans look like matchsticks.

Try the vanille de tahiti (16 Euro for 2).

They certainly would make great conversation pieces if you find them too expensive to use!

BTW, their teas are also really good.

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Still wondering about the extract... (see my previous post)  What are the differences between the different kinds and is one superior?

This page gives some information on the various types of extracts. I think most commercial extracts are made from the species Vanilla planifolia (aka Bourbon vanilla), since the other common vanilla species, Vanilla tahitensis (aka Tahitian vanilla), has very little vanillan, which is the major flavor compound in vanilla. I'm sure differences in climate, curing and so on make even genetically identical vanilla plants taste subtely different (i.e. by encouraging or discouraging the formation of different flavor compounds), but I'm not in a position to say what those differences are or how apparent they are to the taste.


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Thank you... very interesting! Does anyone have any preferences?

Still wondering about the extract... (see my previous post)  What are the differences between the different kinds and is one superior?

This page gives some information on the various types of extracts. I think most commercial extracts are made from the species Vanilla planifolia (aka Bourbon vanilla), since the other common vanilla species, Vanilla tahitensis (aka Tahitian vanilla), has very little vanillan, which is the major flavor compound in vanilla. I'm sure differences in climate, curing and so on make even genetically identical vanilla plants taste subtely different (i.e. by encouraging or discouraging the formation of different flavor compounds), but I'm not in a position to say what those differences are or how apparent they are to the taste.


"Many people believe the names of In 'n Out and Steak 'n Shake perfectly describe the contrast in bedroom techniques between the coast and the heartland." ~Roger Ebert

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I got my beans and ordered another pound. They werent the best but they will work just fine and the price was great. I use my beans, scape them, throw the pod in the application and then when done I dry them out on top of the oven them pulverize them in a spice grinder and there you have vanill apowder. I think we all know ways of salvaging every scrap


"Chocolate has no calories....

Chocolate is food for the soul, The soul has no weight, therefore no calories" so said a customer, a lovely southern woman, after consuming chocolate indulgence

SWEET KARMA DESSERTS

www.sweetkarmadesserts.com

550 East Meadow Ave. East meadow, NY 11554

516-794-4478

Brian Fishman

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When I was in university my prof had a bunch of jars going with different liquids -  I used the vodka hoping that it would keep the vanilla flavour as pure as possible... but I can see where using a different type might be less harsh. 

Hrmmm... now I'm wondering about my everclear tincture I've got brewing! ;)

I've got a pint of vodka with 3 split beans steeping to be made into a liquer with vanilla simple syrup. I've also got a pint of bourbon with three split beans. Everyone's getting alcohol for christmas this year!

The everclear is 1 pint: 1 oz of snipped up beans. I plan on letting that steep for a month and then warm it up with honey and orange essence to form a syrup.

I forget how addictive steeping things in alcohol is! I'd love to play with medjool dates, and golden raspberries... :)


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I just ordered a 1/4lb of Tahitian vanilla beans from vanilla beans. I paid 26$, shipping included.

I was amazed at how cheap they are.  I did some seaching around and I found another site that sells the same amount for 75$

I'm hoping this wont be a case of caveat emptor.

Any thoughts?

Thanks

I ordered some. They arrived quickly, are moist, and smell and taste fine. I will definintely reorder as this company makes the difference between using beans and not. Woods

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My beans came in the mail. They look nice and have a nice aroma which is a little different from Bourbon beans. They are moist and fresh. I made a vanilla anglaise tonight to try the beans out. I used one and a half beans, about 10" worth of bean. With a Bourbon bean I would use half a bean and get a strong vanilla flavor. The flavor of the anglaise with Tahitian is not bad, but it really is very weak. I think the best way to use these is going to be in conjunction with extract to make up for the missing vanillin.


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