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Dec 11, 2006 06:55 PM

QUALITY ALERT : Trader Joe's 'Pure Bourbon Vanilla Extract' 4 oz

Earlier in the season I picked up some TJ Pure Bourbon Vanilla Extract. Like a fool I didn't taste it.

Weak vanilla aroma, bitter, and harsh alcohol. Not at all like good vanilla should be.

It has tainted 3 batches of cookies. I shrugged off the first batch, as I was using up a bag of flour, thought that was it. New flour, fresh butter, and next batch: bleagh! So I tasted the vanilla--cheap and awful. Never had trouble with their vanilla in the past, but now I know.

My fault for not tasting it and I will return it--but BEWARE if you are getting a late baking start as I am. Test your vanilla first if you haven't used it before.

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  1. I made a batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies yesterday with it and they were fantastic!

    1. i've used it several times, including to flavor whipped cream. no problems here.

      1. I absolutely find TJS vanilla to be inferior.

        1. It isn't freshly scraped Vanilla pods from Papantla... but its not bad.

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          1. That's a shame. TJ's quality is almost always excellent. It would be a good idea to contact TJ's central and complain. A refund is never a probelm with them, but this is a case where they need to change wholesalers and get a different source.