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Old 01-30-2015, 01:00 PM   #11
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I use the Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste from King Arthur. The flavor is rich, deep, and delicious. Honestly, I never looked to see if it had a sweetener - I suppose I should check.

I like it better than extract - especially in items such as drinks where the item is not heated.
It has a little sugar - I think most of these do now that I've looked around. BTW did you know that this stuff comes in a 32 oz bottle ? Much cheaper per oz than the little bottles. Example:

http://www.amazon.com/Nielsen-Massey...bxgy_gro_img_y
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Old 01-30-2015, 01:10 PM   #12
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It has a little sugar - I think most of these do now that I've looked around. BTW did you know that this stuff comes in a 32 oz bottle ? Much cheaper per oz than the little bottles. Example:

http://www.amazon.com/Nielsen-Massey...bxgy_gro_img_y

Absolutely! I've been buying the 32-oz. size for a number of years. I don't get it from Amazon though. Can't remember at the moment where I get it. I'll have to look through my "ordering" folder and see.
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The company I consult for doesn't make a vanilla paste, but they do make their vanilla extracts without alcohol of any kind. It makes a big difference in both the flavor and the quantity you need to use.
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Old 01-30-2015, 05:15 PM   #14
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I'm kind of a vanilla freak. Right now I use Costco vanilla extract, or is it BJ's? It's really nice, seems much more fragrant and flavorful than McCormick. I also have some homemade stuff in the pantry, some Mexican Vanilla, and vanilla bean paste. I'm sure that I have some beans hanging around somewhere.

I use the paste where I would normally use a bean, where I want brown flecks, such as pastry cream, vanilla buttercream etc.. I use extract everywhere else.
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Old 02-01-2015, 07:32 PM   #15
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It has a little sugar - I think most of these do now that I've looked around. BTW did you know that this stuff comes in a 32 oz bottle ? Much cheaper per oz than the little bottles. Example:

Amazon.com : Nielsen-Massey Vanillas Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Paste, 32 Ounce : Vanilla Beans Spices And Herbs : Grocery & Gourmet Food
That's a great deal, but I would not use that much extract in a decade. I do need to check how much sugar it has per teaspoon.
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Old 02-02-2015, 01:04 AM   #16
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I use the Nielsen-Massey Pure Vanilla Bean Paste from King Arthur. The flavor is rich, deep, and delicious. Honestly, I never looked to see if it had a sweetener - I suppose I should check.

I like it better than extract - especially in items such as drinks where the item is not heated.

I use this too and LOVE it. I think it makes a huge difference.


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Old 02-02-2015, 01:37 PM   #17
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Do you think that you use more if it than the extract because of the form factor? the thick nature of the stuff makes it waaay too easy to dump out a tablespoon when a teaspoon may be called for...

The Nielsen-Massey site says to use equal amounts of paste or extract and the ingredients of the paste are given as "Sugar, Water, Vanilla Extract, Vanilla Beans, Gum Tragacanth (a natural thickener)".

At a guess I'd say that the sugar is a preservative but I could be wrong. Shelf life for the paste is given as 3 years.


As for paste or extract I expect it's down to preference - whether you want vanilla seeds to show in your dish - or preferred taste or not or what you can get hold of at the time.
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