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Dec 15, 2007 10:57 AM

Where to find Fresh Vanilla Beans?

Does anyone know where to find fresh vanilla beans?

I have a recipe that asks for fresh vanilla beans.. I don't think I've ever seen them in my life...

Has anyone ever bought or seen them in the GTA?


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  1. Bruno's if you need one or two. Otherwise eBay for a dozen at a similar price.

    1. Dominion carries Vanilla Beans in the baking goods section.

      1. Bulk Barn has them as well. They're usually on the counter next to the register in a glass tube. $ 4.95 for two the last time I bought them.

        1. The Big Carrot has them in the bulk section and they were an insanely low price last time I bought them, like .99 each.

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          1. re: hoagy294

            I picked up those at Big Carrot. Great deal. Also good deal on quality beans at Domino's downstairs at SLM.

          2. I've seen them at House of Spice in Kensington. I think they're $4 each or per pair, I can't recall. Unfortunately, the ones I've seen locally are either prohibitively expensive, or dried out, or both.

            I picked up 20 beautiful ones on eBay for about $10, including shipping. You can search the home cooking board for others who have done the same.