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Where to buy quality Vanilla Beans in bulk?

afarooqs Feb 6, 2012 01:47 PM

I bake from time to time and use vanilla beans often enough but the average bean costs a lot. $5-$8 per bean.

Is there is a good place to buy quality Vanilla beans in bulk from somewhere. Or not in bulk but cheaper than that. Please note that I'm not running a restaurant so I don't want to buy dozens or hundreds of beans :)

Any place in Manhattan, Outer boroughs or Jersey would do.

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    Low_Fat Feb 8, 2012 02:28 PM

    Have you checked out the prices on Amazon? The cost per bean is signifcantly less than $5-$8


    1. Cheeryvisage Feb 8, 2012 03:10 PM


      The short answer is: try Ebay and find a reputable seller.

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        flavorjam Feb 8, 2012 04:09 PM

        I buy high quality vanilla beans in bulk from saffron.com. Here's the link: http://saffron.com/
        I use them to make homemade vanilla and they work exceptionally well. Gave homemade vanilla as Christmas gifts and everyone raved about it.

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        1. re: flavorjam
          HillJ Feb 10, 2012 03:49 PM

          I also love this seller, flavorjam. And, based on the unnecessary price of $5-8/each, the OP can buy 1/4 lb of quality bean for the price of just two beans in NY.

          BTW, vanilla beans keep forever if you treat them right!


          1. re: HillJ
            HillJ Feb 10, 2012 05:24 PM


            Another viable option that sells by the bean...for far less than the OP was willing to pay.

        2. iluvcookies Feb 8, 2012 04:22 PM



          they used to have a shop in Grand Central, but they do mail order, and are re-opening a branch on LI. Also one in Summit NJ.

          1. MMRuth Feb 9, 2012 04:31 AM

            I've bought excellent vanilla beans at Costco -- don't remember the price, but certainly cheaper than a lot of other sources.

            517 E 117th St, New York, NY 10035

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            1. re: MMRuth
              Judyluvs Feb 9, 2012 09:21 PM

              Sahadi, Kalustan, D'vine Taste

              123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016

            2. chompchomp Feb 10, 2012 03:17 PM

              Vanilla Products USA on eBay is extremely reasonable.

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              1. re: chompchomp
                erica Apr 3, 2012 03:54 AM

                After buying the pricey vanilla salt at The Meadow on Hudson Street, I have become mildly addicted. I would like to try to make my own. What is the difference between the various types of vanilla beans offered by the online sellers above? For instance, this site lists Tahitian, Mexican, unknown origin, etc:


                The vanilla salt from The Meadow is excellent, by the way!


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