Cooking advice that works. Is there a particular brand of rum that you use?

Thanks again! The difference between Premium and Grade B?

I bought five beans and adjusted the recipe using the built in calculator. Give ‘em a try! That’s vanilla bean alchemy right there AWESOMESAUCE!!! Now remove it from flame and let it cool a bit, Take it in a blender and blend it to a fine puree.
You certainly don’t waste any of the bean. Pour this in a bottle and store it in fridge. I had to set them aside painfully to do other things that day and couldn’t play with making my first batch of vanilla bean paste until the following evening.

Thanks for sharing! Granted, it needs at least 8 weeks to infuse, so it’ll be a while before I have my preferred alcohol and ratio for you. Vanilla bean paste is a rich, thick paste that contains a blend of the scraped-out vanilla pod seeds and vanilla extract. Seriously as it develops, it becomes potent, and you can taste it in your coffee easily. I would need to first test one ratio against each method, then test one method at a time against each ratio. What is vanilla paste? Vanilla Bean Paste is Smooth, rich and creamy. Just a question on making the extract, how much alcohol would I use use with the pulp to make extract? Dude! Then drop a hint that some vanilla-flecked cookies would make a pretty great thank you in return... ;). At my grocery store, I pay $7.25 per ounce. I attribute that to perhaps boiling the sugar a bit more and not seeing the sugar as it boiled down since the beans were in the pot. Is that the same for this method?

Will now. It’s not the easiest to scoop out of your jar. Thank you so much for this great post and lots of glorious pictures, I can’t wait to try this! I was considering the Grade B beans which would have done fine for what I’m doing, but they were out.

Thank for anothet alternative.

They were NOT the cheapest option, but they know their beans and have a passion for what they sell. Most brands also add specks of the coarsely ground bean. It’s glorious!

So rather than buy the things that you contribute to making, I’ll simply buy you, raw and unprocessed, and make my own paste, extract and bonus vanilla sugar.

Yeah! 1/2 a teaspoon of double fold vanilla paste equals the flavor and seeds of 1 whole vanilla bean. Hey Buddy! The one I’m currently testing (and it’s a small amount) is 40 grams fo pulp to 110 grams of Brandy.

I’m so desesperate to try this.


To revisit this article, select My⁠ ⁠Account, then View saved stories. It’s a bit more potent and you get those luxurious looking little flecks of the vanilla bean . Thanks Kara!

Water – 1/2 cup More of those crazy beautiful little vanilla bean seeds flecked throughout. Powder it finely.

Learn how your comment data is processed. Most brands also add specks of the coarsely ground bean. You can use this for extract. Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our User Agreement (updated 1/1/20) and Privacy Policy and Cookie Statement (updated 1/1/20) and Your California Privacy Rights. The two methods I tested were adding hot syrup to the raw beans THEN processing them in a grinder to a paste, and grinding the raw beans with granulated sugar first then making a hot syrup with it after. Let me be your guide to cake and baking success.

I did find a commonality: it’s simple and only requires four ingredients on average. Sugar – 1/2 cup Your email address will not be published. I’ve already had to feed mine more sugar because my coffee demands it every morning My tea in the afternoon, too! Made with vine ripened Heilala Vanilla Tongan Madagascar bourbon vanilla beans, each vanilla bean is grown with integrity and hand-selected by local Tongan farmers. Seriously can not wait to make this and everything with it!!! It’s on the pricey side, but any baker would love to have it—and not just to look at, but to actually use. And most cakers buy by individual beans (rather than a full pound as I did here) it’s easier for my readers to know how many individual beans they need.

Pour the strained vanilla paste liquid into …

I do quite a bit of baking, So i have to run and get vanilla essence often. Vanilla extract is made by macerating and percolating vanilla pods in alcohol and water. What is the total weight of vanilla used in this recipe? No matter the cost of vanilla beans and it's derivative products, you'll always be able make the paste yourself cheaper than what you'll buy it for. So want to use Vanilla bean paste but it is crazy expensive.

Now I can better buy my beans anywhere!). Vanilla paste is made from the extract, with sugar and thickening agents added.

The intensity of the flavor is amazing.

Restaurant recommendations you trust. Don’t buy top shelf style alcohol. Granted, some of this is due to the ratio I used as well.

But it’s worth it. It’s too “alcohol-y” for me. Cant wait to try it!
While it’s offered by only a few companies, including Nielsen-Massey and the Spice House, our Test Kitchen pros agree it’s worth the search. Thanks! It really is sooo expensive to find even vanilla extract at the moment so you are a life saver! So for the extract… do I add water or just run? Who doesn’t love instant gratification?!? Have fun Baking;). I got premium grade Madagascar Bourbon beans.

I’m going to recipe out everything I’m able to make with every bit of the vanilla beans I bought to see what kind of retail cost savings is in a pound of vanilla beans if you do it yourself. They might be homemade, or highly personal, or, even better, luxurious-feeling things—the sort of item you’d hesitate to buy for yourself but feel incredibly grateful to own. Vanilla extract and paste can be used interchangeably along with vanilla beans. I was just wondering, for the left over paste you say you can use to make extract, can you tell me what you do for that?

Thank you! 1 teaspoon of vanilla bean paste provides the flavor and seed equivalent of 1 whole vanilla bean. Heilala Vanilla Paste is made with real vanilla seeds suspended in pure concentrated Vanilla Extract resulting in a conveniently spoonable paste perfect for ice cream, shortbread, and panna cotta. Thanks so much for sharing this, Kara.

Hi! While I refuse to speak negatively against vanilla beans—a veritable gift from the heavens—I will say that vanilla bean paste, which consists of seeds suspended in extract, is relatively less expensive and more convenient to use (the splitting and scraping has been done for you). Heilala vanilla bean paste provides exceptional concentrated vanilla aroma and flavor. Thank you soo much for making this!!! Let it sit for some time and the bean deepens and infuses every last liquid suspension molecule entirely thus carrying the glorious bean’s flavor farther in your baking adventures. And be sure to save your pulp for extract and the ends for some yummy vanilla sugar Get every last bit of goodness out of those beans! This is amazing! Vanilla Bean Paste. $25 dollars turning into $86! I saw this difference immediately when I opened the package. I don’t like vodka though that is traditional. Thanks Rebecca When I see the overall savings and with no known end to the vanilla products cost increase I had to just do it. Thanks for testing out and sharing your recipes! I didn’t like the less intense taste of the recipe attached to this batch (even though it’s very similar to what you’ll buy commercially) so changed it to strengthen it.

No, you don’t need to use whole beans to make it and since these are already shredded with lots of surface area exposed you’re going to infuse your alcohol quickly.

Heilala vanilla bean paste provides exceptional concentrated vanilla aroma and flavor.

*Legally, I cannot recommend you do either of these things!

Oh, vanilla beans… you have become so painfully expensive and thus all of your derivative products have also become unpleasant to my wallet. I’m in love, I’m in love, and I don’t care who knows it! I am looking for sugar free and cannot find it anywhere! Hi Kara! My preferred method AND ratio thus far. And my Perfect Vanilla Cake requires the best I can get my hands on! I hope you enjoy the recipes on this blog as they are tried and true from my kitchen to yours!

The left over pulp is in about 16 oz of Bacardi rum. It IS a treat!

Since I was testing two different methods and recipes, I can’t adequately compare the outcome. !” That’s what makes paste an excellent gift and extract a less great one. The biggest difference between vanilla extract and … I don't eat white sugar anymore and would hate to have to buy a big bag for 1/2 c. I do have several types of sweetener to choose from, even honey. If you use a spice grinder you'll need to do this multiple stages as it won't all fit at once with most grinders. Featured, how to make, Other Sweets and Treats, Your email address will not be published. I’m so glad I came across your page! Ad Choices. Thank you Kara for the time and money you sacrificed in creating this recipe. Picking out an excellent food gift can be a true test of friendship. He’s used to it. So when using the paste do can it be used in place of extracts in recipes? “Kara… it’s alcohol. I can’t wait to try it. Our 3-Fold Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste is made using three times as many vanilla beans … Add in the milk, vanilla bean paste, and salt, mixing on low speed until incorporated, then increase the speed to medium and beat for a few minutes, until light and fluffy.

Use it in the exact same quantity listed in my recipe for SMBC.

Each 25.36 fl oz jar of double fold vanilla paste also contains the equivalent of 300 vanilla beans. Vanilla extract is made by macerating and percolating vanilla pods in alcohol and water.

Now take water in a sauce pan, add in the powdered stuff and mix well.

I can’t wait to use it. Having to add hot sugar to beans THEN grind causes mess I don’t enjoy. I knew better . Not to mention I love fussing like this in the kitchen. Earthon 10 Gourmet A+ Grade Organic Vanilla Beans (About 6-8 inch long),, add in vanilla beans, chop it with a scissors. Making it would save money and produce what is likely a better product. Can this be made with an alternative sweetener?

I used this  Earthon 10 Gourmet A+ Grade Organic Vanilla Beans (About 6-8 inch long), Vanilla Bean –  5 to 6 best grade ones Aw! Cake Business Coach at CakeLife Academy, food science nerd, Food Network Veteran, CIA grad, and head shenaniganizer 'round these parts. My whole house smelled heavenly when i was making this. Vanilla goes with everything! But since I put vanilla in everything already I prefer to save it for my coffee and tea. Your email address will not be published. The similarity in them? Which again was minimal anyway. Now i have a jar of the delicious vanilla bean paste. Thank you. Um… That’s 37.52% cheaper!

So i decided to try my own vanilla essence. Hi! Beat until combined. My mouth was watering just looking at that little pool of vanilla paste.

I, too, am dismayed at the price of vanilla – so extra thanks to you!!! Before you ask, I got these glorious, plump, beans from Beanilla. Often I blend black and white rums, add bourbon, and brandy.

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