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Best place in GTA to buy Vanilla Beans?

Does anyone know of good places in and around Toronto to buy vanilla beans? If there is a selection of different types that would be ideal. What is a price that one can expect to pay? I'm looking for quality but also a good deal. thanks!

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  1. I don't have much experience with buying vanilla beans but I found some nice, fresh and plump ones at the Big Carrot for 99¢ each. So far the best price I found. (if you go to the Big Carrot, you'll find the vanilla beans in the bulk spices section)

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    1. re: pâté chinois

      Does the Big Carrot still have vanilla beans for 99cents each?

    2. If you search the Home Cooking board for vanilla beans and ebay, you can hear about some good experiences from people who have purchased online at a substantial discount.

      1. any bulk barn should have them too

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        1. re: mgs

          dont go there...bulk barns usually have very dried out ones...ask to check em out and open the bottle if you must go there.

        2. I am going straight to the Big Carrot when I finish work-I have never heard of vanilla beans as low a price as that! I just paid $5.99 for two wizened up little shreds at Loblaws this past weekend!

          1. House of Spice (Kensington Market) has a pair of beans for about $4.