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Old 02-25-2016, 08:40 AM   #1
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Vanilla Bean Paste

Has anyone used Vanilla Bean Paste? Any reason to use this above Vanilla Extract?

I have never used Vanilla Bean Pods, as they seem expensive. But I wondered if this would boost up Vanilla Ice Cream?

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Old 02-25-2016, 09:33 AM   #2
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I've never used it but it's interchangeable with extract. I believe it has the v. bean seeds in it. That may be desirable in ice cream.
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Old 02-25-2016, 09:59 AM   #3
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Sorry, I've never used vanilla paste

Have you ever made your own vanilla extract? It's well worth it, imo. I bought a vanilla infusion kit for about $8. It included a pretty bottle and three vanilla pods. I added inexpensive vodka and have been using it for two and a half years.
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Has anyone used Vanilla Bean Paste? Any reason to use this above Vanilla Extract?

I have never used Vanilla Bean Pods, as they seem expensive. But I wondered if this would boost up Vanilla Ice Cream?
Read the label. MOST (notice I didn't say all), vanilla bean paste is primarily glycerin and sugar/corn syrup with some vanilla & beans added. The sugar actually enhances the flavor of the vanilla, (kind of like salt enhances flavors of savory dishes), so you think it's more 'vanilla-y'. You would be better off using regular extract or whole beans.

Like GG, I make my own extract. I buy beans in bulk so they're not very expensive. I buy from Vanilla Products, USA, but there are other places. Do a Google search.
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I found good vanilla beans on ebay (instead of Amazon), 15 small beans in 2 quarts of vodka, cut them up (that is important). I have enough to overuse vanilla for least 3 years. (I tried it with whole beans first--but the flavor and color took a long time to do anything to give the taste of vanilla. Once I cut them up, voila, good taste.)
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Yes, I split them down the middle, scraped the seeds out, cut the pods into thirds and put everything in the bottle with the vodka. It was ready in about three months.
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I got a massive bag of vanilla beans for very cheap a couple years ago, thanks to the recommendation of one of our members. I split a couple and stuck them in a small bottle with vodka. Very nice!
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