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How much Vanilla Extract equals one Vanilla Bean?

elmomonster Aug 4, 2006 10:54 PM

I've got a recipe which calls for one vanilla bean, but I've got a lot of Bourbon Vanilla Extract I'd rather use.

How much of the Vanilla Extract shall I use to equal the flavor of one vanilla bean?


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    foiegras Aug 4, 2006 11:08 PM

    Practically all recipes seem to call for the same amount of vanilla extract. I'd just use what you use in other recipes.

    1. Trixie Too Aug 7, 2006 03:51 AM

      According to this site, one inch of vanilla bean is equal to one teaspoon of vanilla extract.


      The amount of vanilla extract certainly does differ from recipe to recipe.

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      1. re: Trixie Too
        PBSF Aug 7, 2006 04:07 AM

        A typical vanilla bean is about 8 inches which would equal to about 8 teaspoons of extract. That might be too much extract for most recipes.

        1. re: Trixie Too
          foiegras Aug 7, 2006 09:48 PM

          I would venture that there are tens of thousands of recipes that call for a teaspoon of vanilla. I generally use a generous teaspoon. As Trixie mentions, 8 is very likely to be overkill. I have never in my life seen a recipe that called for even a third that much.

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          Pupster Aug 8, 2006 02:01 PM

          1 vanilla bean = 2 tsp of extract

          Pretty standard.

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