Vanilla Beans... Not Expensive And Not Hard And Crusty?!

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AniK Posted 22 Oct 2011 , 6:35am
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I wanted to try a cupcake recipe using vanilla bean today and I went to the store (Safeway) and found ONE for $5.99, and if I shook the jar, it rattled like dried corn! Not helpful! Anyone found good vanilla beans, for good prices, and with good quality? Oh, and not charging a zillion dollars for shipping would be nice too... ugh.

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MikeRowesHunny Posted 22 Oct 2011 , 7:07am
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Ebay. Lots of sellers with great beans at great prices. I make my own extract and that's where I get my beans from.

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KoryAK Posted 22 Oct 2011 , 8:55am
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Also try the natural foods section of your grocery store. They are usually cheaper. I can't speak to how old they may be... that will depend on your store and the demand. Sometimes Costco has them.

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GatuPR Posted 22 Oct 2011 , 10:15am
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You can order them from beanilla . com They are having a sale on madagascar beans 25 ct. for $25, shipping to where I live is about $4 plus change. The more you buy, the cheaper they are. If you vacuum pack them they will last for years.

You can also buy them from a ma z on. HTH

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scp1127 Posted 22 Oct 2011 , 10:31am
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Amazon from JR Mushrooms.

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mariacakestoo Posted 22 Oct 2011 , 5:54pm
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Vanilla Products USA. Get a jar of paste while you're at it.

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cathyscakes Posted 22 Oct 2011 , 6:12pm
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Yes, ebay is a great place to buy. I would never buy one from a grocery store, what a rip off, at my local store they were asking 7.99 for one bean.

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SweetDreams_DK Posted 22 Oct 2011 , 7:14pm
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Here in Seattle, we have a chain called QFC that has vanilla beans in the bulk food section that they sell by the pound. It takes a ton of vanilla beans to make a pound! (I think something like $67/lb.) They end up being next to nothing when you just buy a few, and they're wonderfully fresh.

So, try the bulk spices section in your grocery store.

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MsGF Posted 22 Oct 2011 , 7:32pm
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In Canada the best place to get good fresh vanilla beans is at I order from them all the time and have never been disappointed with the price or quality.

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AniK Posted 24 Oct 2011 , 9:53pm
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All of these are great. Thanks guys. After going through all of them, the best one was Indrivanilla, but the post is gone now... I'm on a large public network of about 70,000 people so I hope whoever it was didn't get their post deleted because we share an IP! Thanks for all your posts; I will be ordering me some vanilla beans from Indrivanilla tonight!

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