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Old 01-16-2009, 02:43 AM   #1
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Vanilla woes

Can someone tell me what has happened to the taste of vanilla. It seems it has a bad odor and tastes worse. Dose someone have a good sorce of the good 100% vanilla
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Old 01-16-2009, 06:09 AM   #2
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I don't really know what you're talking about, with the bad odor and taste. Haven't run into that myself.

I get my whole bean vanilla from From the Field Inc. It is great stuff: excellent flavor and aroma, fair trade, soon to be certified organic. And the company is run by good guys trying do something good for the world with their business.

Full disclosure: I am friends with one of the guys running this company.
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Old 01-16-2009, 06:37 AM   #3
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I use Penzeys vanilla and I've also used good vanilla from the Spice House in Chicago. I also have a gigantic bottle of vanilla that I bought in Mexico a few years ago too.
What brand are you using?
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Old 01-16-2009, 08:05 AM   #4
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Russellkhan, how much are their

vanilla beans, they don't say on their website.
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:37 AM   #5
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I have used a cpl different kinds. It says onthe bottle %100 vanilla but it also says it contains corn syurp too. It just has an odd taste, I may be streaching the odor a bit but it just doesnt taste like it use to.Mystry
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:43 AM   #6
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If it has corn syrup in it it's not vanilla extract, it's some sort of vanilla flavoring.

IMO the best ones out there are Nielsen Massey and Penzey's
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Old 01-16-2009, 10:58 AM   #7
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Real vanilla extract smells wonderful but alone has never tasted good to me so I am sorry I can't be of much help.

However, I agree if you are buying the real thing as opposed to artificial vanillan (made from wood pulp--thank you very much Mr. Kimball, I prefer not to use it) you should have good results.
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However, I agree if you are buying the real thing as opposed to artificial vanillan (made from wood pulp--thank you very much Mr. Kimball, I prefer not to use it) you should have good results.

That taste test result made very little sense to me.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:13 AM   #9
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I didn't think vanilla extract could go bad, but I guess it can!

I don't use much vanilla anymore as I prefer the taste of almond extract. I get mine from Simply Organic and I've been very happy with it. I know that they do produce a vanilla extract as well. I have a big ol' vat-o-vanilla extract from Costco that I'm not unhappy with, but it does contain sugar.
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Old 01-16-2009, 11:41 AM   #10
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I bought some "pure vanilla extract" at Costco a few months ago - it was imported form the US. While I usually use Mexican vanilla, this was just more convenient because I was out of vanilla and wanted to do some baking. Last week, I bought some good Mexican vanilla at the grocery store...I uncapped each bottle and sniffed: no comparison. The Mexican vanilla smelled SO much better. I tossed the rest of the Costco stuff.
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