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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

    http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_nos...

    1. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/529996

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

      1. 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

          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!

          http://www.theposter.com/vanilla2.html

          1. re: HillJ

            http://www.indrivanilla.com

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

        2. Penzey's

          http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzey...

          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.

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            Costco
            517 E 117th St, New York, NY 10035

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            1. re: MMRuth

              Sahadi, Kalustan, D'vine Taste

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              Kalustyan's
              123 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10016