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post #1 of 22
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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 22
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 22
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
post #4 of 22
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Thanks for the info! icon_smile.gif
post #5 of 22

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 22
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Never heard of that store. I'm in NW Illinois.
post #7 of 22
William sonoma have a really good one
post #8 of 22

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 22
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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post #10 of 22
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Awesome! That sounds like a job for Hubby.icon_wink.gif
post #11 of 22
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Originally Posted by AZCouture View Post

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.

I'm looking at the site (well, http://www.vanillaproductsusa.com/ which I assume is what you meant?) and I only see beans and extract, not paste. Am I missing it or did they stop carrying it?

post #12 of 22

I know that they did used to have paste... I bookmarked that particular page... I just checked and my bookmark no longer works... I am going to call them on Monday and see what's up and if they still carry it...

post #13 of 22

LMK, thanks!

 

I'm thinking of ordering a bunch and making my own. 

post #14 of 22
They carried it last time I checked but I guess not anymore. DAMN!
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post #15 of 22

Okay...

 

I checked with them and did some googling... they also have an E-Bay site where they sell it... I emailed them and due to some changes on their website, they only have the paste currently available from their E-Bay store... 

 

Here is the current link to that page:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/230688561885?_trksid=p2060778.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT

 

Hope that helps some people...

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