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Vanilla paste from trader joes, anyone tried it?

DoctorQuality Aug 23, 2007 05:41 PM

i'm tired of spending so much money on whole vanilla beans, but can't go back to vanilla extract. i recently saw a vanilla paste at Trader Joe's and was wondering if anyone has ever tried it.

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    AGM_Cape_Cod RE: DoctorQuality Aug 23, 2007 07:11 PM

    I have used it and like it. I use it to supplement when I want a more intense vanilla flavor i.e. for vanilla ice cream. When the paste is finished there is usually some seeds sticking to the jar so I pour vanilla extract in the jar to enhance that. Waste not want not!

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      Cookiefiend RE: AGM_Cape_Cod Aug 24, 2007 09:08 AM

      What a good idea!
      Thank you!

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      ScarletB RE: DoctorQuality Aug 23, 2007 07:38 PM

      Yes, I love that stuff. Our TJ's only carries it sometimes. I didn't think the flavor was that much more intense than vanilla, perhaps a bit, but it's great for shortbread, ice cream, etc. where you want to see some vanilla specks.

      1. Chew on That RE: DoctorQuality Aug 24, 2007 09:06 AM

        Oooh I haven't seen that at Trader Joe's but that sounds awesome. Thanks for telling us about it!

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          coney with everything RE: Chew on That Aug 24, 2007 10:44 AM

          I think Penzey's also carries it.

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          gourmanda RE: DoctorQuality Aug 24, 2007 10:58 AM

          I have bought the Madagascar (?) brand from a local store. I like it for vanilla ice cream, like to see those specks of bean. The flavor, IMO, isn't as great as a whole bean because of there are a couple of ingredients in the paste besides vanilla, but all in all a good product, I think.

          1. Scrapironchef RE: DoctorQuality Aug 24, 2007 01:53 PM

            I've tried it and liked the flavor but found it tough to use without a fair bit of waste due to it's stickiness. About half of what you use remains on the measuring implement. I saw a version in a squeeze bottle which would be a little easier.

            1. ChefJune RE: DoctorQuality Aug 24, 2007 01:57 PM

              I haven't seen theirs, but I use one made by Nielsen-Massey. It's excellent.

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