Originally Posted by ErikC
Every time I look, I can never find the beans
. So I have never been able to compare. But I'd have to think you are right, almost anything fresh will be better!
I've heard that some people toss the bean pods in with their sugar to give it a subtle vanilla flavor. Anyone here do that?
Yeah I alway scrape out the tiny black seeds then add the rest of the bean. Actually the pod has more flavor in it than the bean.
The only thing I have ever actually side by side compared extract vr real bean to in tasting was creme brulee and man it is completely different. Eating the real bean creme brulee then the extract one makes the extract taste almost fake.
Oh and if any of you have a cosco near you, they sell vanilla beans in packs of 20 for 10$. SO its only .50 cents a bean.