Where To Buy Vanilla Beans?

Baking By CupcakeQT82 Updated 10 Sep 2011 , 12:49am by scp1127

CupcakeQT82 Posted 9 Sep 2011 , 1:15am
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So, I found a great recipe for vanilla bean cake mix for cupcakes I am doing for a baby shower in about two weeks. However, I would like to use real vanilla beans. I hate to order online and pay shipping, and there is an Amish bulk goods store that has them 2 for $6. Is there somewhere better to buy them? I haven't searched high and low but I definitely don't live in a big city by any means. TIA!

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jagar Posted 9 Sep 2011 , 1:34am
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This was the best deal I found online..and free shipping!
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000CPZSC8/?tag=cakecentral-20

maryj Posted 9 Sep 2011 , 1:48am
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matthewkyrankelly Posted 9 Sep 2011 , 1:53am
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Maryj is right. Vanilla products USA on ebay is great. For $30 I got 100's of beans to give as gifts and bake and make vanilla. They even threw in a different variety free. Very good deal. Very good beans.

scp1127 Posted 9 Sep 2011 , 10:14am
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I get mine the same place as jagar. They actually come from my favorite extract place, Olive Nation. The taste (in homemade vanilla extract) is something I had never tasted. They are excellent beans, and the correct ones for extract.

scp1127 Posted 9 Sep 2011 , 10:14am
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I get mine the same place as jagar. They actually come from my favorite extract place, Olive Nation. The taste (in homemade vanilla extract) is something I had never tasted. They are excellent beans, and the correct ones for extract.

CupcakeQT82 Posted 9 Sep 2011 , 1:28pm
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Thanks so much ladies! Not sure how I missed some of these deals! This looks much more promising than what I've come across. I just couldn't see coughing up $7 for 1-2 beans!

scp1127 Posted 9 Sep 2011 , 3:15pm
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I remember those days. The stores make you think that is a good deal.

armywife1 Posted 9 Sep 2011 , 4:04pm
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Wow, that's a great deal on ebay! I want to order some, but which one is better Madagascar or Tahitian? I've never used vanilla bean before.

matthewkyrankelly Posted 9 Sep 2011 , 6:14pm
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Order the right amount of Madagascar and they throw in some Tahitian for free. Then you can try them both!

sccandwbfan Posted 9 Sep 2011 , 8:27pm
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If you have a World Markeet in your area, I buy 2 for 2.98. They are not super plump, but the amount on seeds (or whatever the inside is called) is great for cakes and cupcake.

HTH
Christy

scp1127 Posted 10 Sep 2011 , 12:49am
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An extract tip: The plump beans are not the best for extract. They have more liquid and it takes away from the taste. A company should be able to direct you to the best bean for the particular job.

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