Originally Posted by GA Home Cook
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.