Vanilla Bean Purveyor?
I've looked at all the prior thread on Chowhound related to vanilla beans and it looks like the 2 most recommended online purveyors are Vanilla Products USA http://stores.ebay.com/Vanilla-Products-USA?_trksid=p4340.l2563 and Saffron-Vanilla Imports http://www.theposter.com/vanilla2.html
I'm looking to get a pound of Grade A Bourbon (Planifolia) beans for baking, general cooking, extract making and gift giving.
Vanilla Beans USA lists both the grade and region grown. Saffron-Vanilla Imports, doesn't specifically list it, so I corresponded with the owner, and the Gourmet Planifolia beans are Grade A and are grown in Papua, New Guinea. In my research, I read that Bourbon beans from PNG, are slightly sweeter tasting - don't know if that's true or not.
Has anyone purchased beans from both of these vendors? If so, do you have a decided preference of vendor? Is the quality/price factor about the same? Or is there another vendor altogether that you'd like to recommend?
Thanks for your help.
re: Molly James
All but the organic actually. Here's the CHOW video that inspired me to keep even fresh pods in rum: http://www.chow.com/videos/show/all/6...
I keep the pods in rum all the time; not just a few weeks and when I exhaust the seeds out of each pod I dry them on the counter, whirl them in my grinder and use them in baked goods, coffee, sugar, etc. No waste!!