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Feb 6, 2012 01:47 PM

Where to buy quality Vanilla Beans in bulk?

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


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

      1. I buy high quality vanilla beans in bulk from Here's the link:
        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

          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


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

        2. Penzey's

          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. 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

              Sahadi, Kalustan, D'vine Taste

              123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016