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Discount Vanilla Beans - Good Information


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Hi.... I'm new & this is my second post. :o)

Thanks for the info & I've enjoyed reading this thread, but wanted to ask about the Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon paste a few of you mentioned earlier. I know some said it's sub-standard in flavour but how bad is it, or is it bad at all? I'm wondering if it'd be suitable in vanilla cake batter versus using the beans or will I lose a lot of taste? I suspect it's not good enough to use in a buttercream. Anyone with experience with the product?

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Hi.... I'm new & this is my second post. :o)

Thanks for the info & I've enjoyed reading this thread, but wanted to ask about the  Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon paste a few of you mentioned earlier. I know some said it's sub-standard in flavour but how bad is it, or is it bad at all? I'm wondering if it'd be suitable in vanilla cake batter versus using the beans or will I lose a lot of taste? I suspect it's not good enough to use in a buttercream. Anyone with experience with the product?

I have it, I use it, but the consistency is mucousy. I cant describe it any other way. I use it for the bean flecks( this was before I bought the whole whack of beans), and I supplement with vanilla.

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Hi.... I'm new & this is my second post. :o)

Thanks for the info & I've enjoyed reading this thread, but wanted to ask about the  Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon paste a few of you mentioned earlier. I know some said it's sub-standard in flavour but how bad is it, or is it bad at all? I'm wondering if it'd be suitable in vanilla cake batter versus using the beans or will I lose a lot of taste? I suspect it's not good enough to use in a buttercream. Anyone with experience with the product?

I used one bottle of NM vanilla paste. Flavor-wise, I thought the paste was no better or worse than extract. I used it in lots of different recipes with no problems.

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Just bumping this up to let you know Organic Vanilla has bourbon beans up for auction now. I have been trying for a couple days to get either 20 beans or a 1/4lb for $7 USD + shipping with no success. Today I was given a "second chance" that wasn't on the e-bay site to buy the beans for the price I was bidding. I'm not sure if this is common with all sellers but I thought it was pretty nice of her. I'm looking forward to tasting the difference between the Tahitian and Bourbon.

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I'm looking forward to tasting the difference between the Tahitian and Bourbon.

Please let us know the outcome. I just received my 1/2 lb. of Tahitian beans, but haven't used them yet. I noticed that in Pierre Herme's chocolate book, it says that he prefers Tahitian beans, which is interesting since I've had the impression that many appear to prefer the Bourbon.

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  • 2 weeks later...

I just bought some of the Planifolia (Bourbon) beans from Organic Vanilla Bean Co. They arrived quickly and were vacuum-packed (as promised) and plump. Once opened, they had a very strong, heady scent.

I used them in a passion-fruit/mango caramel and they completely overwhelmed it. I will have to be more careful to rebalance the recipe for beans of this strength; though I suspect it may be necessary to switch to the Tahitian variety for a more subtle (and pleasing) flavor.

John DePaula
formerly of DePaula Confections
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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 just checked the site...beans are currently $13.75 for 1/4lb.

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

BTW, I was surprised to discover the Saffron.com folks actually have a store front.

I was walking down Valencia last night and suddenly smelled vanilla very strongly. Quite a nice change from the usual San Francisco street smells, I can assure you! I looked up, saw the Saffron.com sign, and remembered this thread. When I first read about them, I had assumed they were mail order only; but, it looks like they have a retail space as well. Will have to get back some time during the day. I can't wait to be at the ground zero for that ambrosial nectar!

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Erik Ellestad

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Bernal Heights, SF, CA

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I am bumping this up to let everyone know that I just ordered 1/4 lb. tahitian vanilla beans from saffron.com for $15.95, shipping included. For a minimum order of $21.95, they will include 5 free beans and a bar of soap (vanilla or saffron.) I've never tried their beans, but recently purchased an ounce of saffron that is the best I've ever used; that order included free vanilla extract and a bar of saffron soap. I love this company.

Ilene

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  • 10 months later...

The pastry section seemed the most appropriate place to share a fantastic site I found, detailing one of the cook's best friends, Vanilla.

It has some background on Vanilla, from the bean to grounds, flavourings and essences, along with some recipes.

I just thought you might want to have a look, it's always very humbling to explore in detail, an ingredient such as Vanilla, which is so often used but seldom looked at closely.

Please take a quick look at my stuff.

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