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Pure Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste, 4 oz.

Pure vanilla bean paste is cold processed from the world’s finest vanilla beans. 4 oz.Read More

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Pure vanilla bean paste is cold processed from the world’s finest vanilla beans. 4 oz.

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  • Weight: 4 oz
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A flavorful addition that packs a visual punch
I've long been a fan of Nielsen-Massey's vanilla and other extracts, and one of my favorite weapons in my baking arsenal is their Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Paste. It's a combination of thickened vanilla extract flecked with vanilla seeds and can be used in the same proportions as vanilla extract in your recipes. It really packs a visual punch in custards, cheesecakes, flans and lighter batters as the flecks of vanilla seeds stand out in stark contrast.

It has a clean, strong vanilla taste without any of the bitterness of alcohol-based extracts. Although I haven't tried it in any uncooked items, it would probably make a fantastic addition to whipped cream, frosting or icing. I've also read of people adding a drop to coffee.

Because of its viscous nature, I tend to use a touch of nonstick cooking spray on my measuring spoon first. I would probably avoid using this in darker batters like chocolate, since it won't have as much of a visual impact in your final baked goods (but if it's all you have on hand, by all means, use it).

I have taken to using vanilla bean paste in place of vanilla extract and now buy it in the 32-oz bottles; it's much cheaper if you tend on using it frequently.

Ingredients: Sugar, water, vanilla extract, vanilla beans, gum tragacanth
December 21, 2013
"Amazing, will never use anything else."
I am in love with this product. The flavour with this as opposed to pure liquid vanilla is a huge improvement. Great value also. No worry about yuck alcohol fumes and it doesn't disappear after baking. Love how pretty it looks in things that are light in color. It gives that vanilla bean speckle. Besides the usual baking my family loves a tsp of this in a citrus salad and we enjoy it in coffee also. Never discontinue this!
June 8, 2012
GREAT product!!! Awesome for adding little fancy 'vanilla bena flecks' to your whipped cream or ice cream. Can be used 1:1 as a substitute for vanilla extract, and a great price considering vanilla beans cost $8+ a piece
April 18, 2011
We made Cream Brulee in a Sur La Table cooking class using this vanilla paste. I was so impressed with the taste of this vanilla and like that it much easier to use than the whole bean. Almost everyone bought one after the class. I have used it several times now and tossed out all my other vanilla as there is no comparison.
October 16, 2011
Bye Bye liquid extract
This is worth at least a try. Compare it to your liquid extract. This smells delicious, the liquid like alcohol. Taste them both. This is yummy, the liquid...nasty! Try making two batches of vanilla ice cream, you'll be hooked. I truly could never go back to the liquid. The price seems high, but the bottle has a lot in it, and the flavor is so worth the price
May 9, 2013
Once I tried it, I knew I could never go back to a seemingly boring vanilla extract. This product is richer in flavor and adds visual appeal as well
September 7, 2011
Great product you may not've known you needed!
First heard about this paste in a Sur la Table cooking class. It's super easy to use (same quantities as the extract), made by a great company, and is extraordinarily rich, complex, and flavorful. For you ""eat with your eyes"" fans, this gives you visible flecks of vanilla whether in ice cream or an apple galette. Will never buy plain extract again.

Also makes a great stocking stuffer or hostess gift for your baking buddies
December 10, 2013
Amazing Vanilla Bean Paste!
I bought this on a whim a few months ago and have since used it several times..........I'm addicted! I used it to make arborio rice pudding, mixed it into plain unsweetened Greek yogurt with some fresh, raw and unfiltered honey, have added it to homemade dark chocolate fondues (having steeped this in the heavy cream), and am going to be making creme brulees with it as well as fresh vanilla bean whipped cream and vanilla bean ice creams! I'm addicted, please always keep this product! It is beautiful, delicious and has sooo many applications more amazing than that of regular pure vanilla extract! XOXOX
I love this product. It not only gives you a great vanilla flavor, it has flex of vanilla bean in it. Creating a wonderful looking vanilla frosting or cookie
April 11, 2011
I no longer have to scrape bean pods!!
I love baking with vanilla bean, however, it is oh so tedious to open and scrape the pods. I found this online and had to give a go. I used it in my White Chocolate Vanilla Bean Swiss Meringue Butter-cream frosting (paired with a Martha Stewart recipe for Red Velvet Cupcakes) and my in Hazelnut Frangelico cupcakes. Both turned out amazing and my prep time cut by 20 mins. My 10 year old nephew critique of the Swiss Meringue ""It taste just like ice cream!"". Great buy!!
December 14, 2013

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
Needed it for a recipe.
Roxanne K on May 23, 2016
This will make the recipes taste dazzling!
Gale B on May 22, 2016
Needed it for a recipe.
Roxanne K on May 23, 2016
For the roasted strawberry ice cream recipe
Lin S on May 23, 2016
This will make the recipes taste dazzling!
Gale B on May 22, 2016
Need for recipes
Samantha B on May 21, 2016
I took one of the cooking classes and we used this paste. It is delicious. You use half what the recipe calls for and it just raises the level of taste
Alesha E on May 13, 2016
gift for a baker
Kathleen C on May 6, 2016
I make ice cream all the time & am tired of scraping the beans.
Laurie H on Apr 30, 2016
I'm a big fan of single-sourced spices and chocolates because of the distinctive flavor that a single source can produce. My sister loves to bake, she is running out of vanilla, she loved the single-source Vietnamese Cinnamon that I got for her a couple years ago, and it's her, Voila!
PHILIP P on Apr 25, 2016
I like using this instead of Vanilla Extract,
AYU I on Apr 21, 2016
This vanilla will upgrade anything you bake. Once I started using it I can't back with any other.
Catherine H on Apr 15, 2016
This is the absolute best vanilla for chocolate chip cookies!!!
dawn p on Apr 13, 2016
It's pure and's the best! Hands down!
beverly B on Apr 5, 2016
Used in a cooking class that I took at your store. I really like the flavor that it added.
Terri W on Mar 29, 2016
I use this in addition to vanilla extract for a more intense vanilla flavor.
TAMARA R on Mar 26, 2016
I have always wanted to try the paste. It's said to have great flavor.
Jeanna W on Mar 11, 2016
Best vanilla paste ever!
Paige L on Mar 7, 2016
Love this product. Won't use any other vanilla any more.
Lucretia P on Mar 2, 2016
This stuff is awesome. It has 10 times the flavor of Vanilla extract
ELIZABETH C on Mar 2, 2016
The bottle was too expensive even on clearance- the reviews stated that the paste was good
Shirley R on Mar 1, 2016
I've bought this item and I adore it! It has a stronger taste and the flecks of vanilla beans makes my cakes unique.
Joy D on Feb 29, 2016
recipe calls for this; no stores near me carry it
Eva S on Feb 24, 2016
Wanted to try Vanilla Bean Paste.
Linda W on Feb 21, 2016
I love this paste better than the liquid vanilla.
Linda K on Feb 18, 2016
Excellent Product and Value!!!
Deb T on Feb 18, 2016
Love this stuff! Gives another depth of vanilla flavor - AMAZING!!!
Eva S on Feb 16, 2016
splurge item with a giftcard
Evan W on Feb 15, 2016
I heard about this ingredient and wanted to give it a try.
Laurinda C on Feb 6, 2016
to try something new, review sounded good
John V on Feb 4, 2016
Sounds delicious Already use their vanilla
Bonnie K on Jan 31, 2016
always sold out in store
Sheena L on Jan 31, 2016
Because I took a Cooking Class at Sur La Table and loved the consistency, the aroma and the taste. It's now my go-to!
Angela P on Jan 31, 2016
Great value! The flavor is amazing-just like using actual vanilla beans.
Marni H on Jan 31, 2016
used this in a Sur la Table cooking class
jen d on Jan 30, 2016
I can't wait to try this paste in my baking and ice creams.
KATHY M on Jan 28, 2016
Terrific price. Want to see what the difference is between extract and paste given people's rave reviews. Looking forward to less liquid which can make or break baking but keeping the flavor
Marybeth H on Jan 26, 2016
Try something new
Catherine B on Jan 25, 2016
love it and it was on sale!
Sondri A on Jan 21, 2016
This tastes so good in baked cookies and cakes. Much better than just vanilla extract.
CHARLOTTE R on Jan 13, 2016
We used in one of the cooking classes and it as amazing!!
Tanya O on Jan 12, 2016
for gifts
Richard L on Jan 11, 2016
The best vanilla on the market
Linda D on Jan 9, 2016
I love this Vanilla Bean Paste for ice cream! It's the best!
Helen W on Jan 8, 2016
great price. Hope it is as good as the reviews say it is.
Laura B on Jan 5, 2016
Used this brand for years. Best ever to use in all deserts!
Tommie A on Jan 5, 2016
Superior flavor...learned to use it at a cooking class and will never go back to extract in the grocery stores!
Paula S on Jan 5, 2016
it sounds yummy from other customers. I'd like to try instead of using vanilla beans/pods.
Denise M on Jan 4, 2016
Best around
Cynthia V on Jan 4, 2016
Wanted Kosher vanilla bean paste
Cathy B on Jan 1, 2016
Wanted to try product.
Theresa R B on Jan 1, 2016
Love this product usually end up buying it at full price. Was pleased to see it on sale so got two.
Kathleen W on Dec 31, 2015
For the roasted strawberry ice cream recipe
Lin S on May 23, 2016
Need for recipes
Samantha B on May 21, 2016

Am wondering why there is added sugar in the vanilla extract and paste?? The one I usually use only contains pure vanilla ( and the alcohol). I wanted to try this brand.. but hesitated - because I dont see the need for the sugar - just want pure vanilla.Thank
A shopper on Oct 18, 2013
BEST ANSWER: What a great question! I went back and checked the labels for this and some older bottles of vanilla extract, and you're exactly right that the paste does contain sugar. That said, I've used the paste many times, and never had an overly-sweet result, nor does the bottle call for you to adjust the sugar quantities in your recipes. So good eye on your part, but doesn't seem to be an issue in practice.For the purest vanilla, you can't beat using the beans themselves, and scraping out the seeds will give you a similar visual effect as this paste
I've heard of vanilla bean powder and now this paste to sub for extract, for a more flavorful end-product: any advantages or disadvantages or which is best?
angelica S on Aug 17, 2014
Pure Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste, 4 oz.
Pure Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste, 4 oz.
Nielsen-Massey Pure Madagascar Vanilla Powder, 2½ oz.
Nielsen-Massey Pure Madagascar Vanilla Powder, 2½ oz.
BEST ANSWER: I was introduced to this vanilla bean paste at a cooking class and have been using it ever since in place of regular vanilla extract. It's a straight swap measurement-wise. I like the consistency, the ease of use, and the great flavorful results! It's like I've put actual vanilla bean in the recipe but with no fuss. Love this product!
Does this product have a shelf life?
A shopper on Jan 20, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I wasnt aware of an expiration. The use goes very fast because of the syrup texture . I use the 4 oz in a month or sooner. Ive switched to the extract. last 3 times as long. The paste sure taste good though. I would say crystalization might happen after 6 or more montths. But like I said... I go through it fast.
do you know if this is kosher certified?
rachel on Nov 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: According to the bottle, the paste is "Kosher 48" as certified by the CRC.
How is Vanilla paste used in cooking?

When I make some cook & serve vanilla pudding, I like to add a splash of good vanilla and about a tablespoon or two of butter to it. I heat it in the microwave, stir, eat warm and go to heaven. (My Cholesterol count is about 125 and I just love to eat and drink dairy products. Every try eating a good steak that is deep fried in butter? MMMM)I like the better Vanillas and am always looking for new brands I haven't tried. Now I want to try some cold pressed and paste vanillas - either one to be used mainly in my pudding (4 large pkgs every day.) until I get tired of that flavor and want to move to a new one - like lemon and limes for the summer (just started in MN Sunday at 2 am. WE think, anyway and it will be over the day the kids start school)But, for now, I just want some advice on vanilla paste and how it is usually used and if it would work with my hot pudding. Thank you in advance for your effort on my behalf
A shopper on Mar 14, 2011
BEST ANSWER: Vanilla Bean Paste is pure vanilla with natural vanilla bean seeds in a unique, convenient, paste form that adds a gourmet appearance to any recipe. It matches vanilla extract in flavor, strength, and usage.There is no trick to using vanilla bean paste as an alternative to extract or whole beans. Measure for measure, it is the same. One teaspoon of vanilla bean paste equals one vanilla bean or one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Use vanilla bean paste's thicker viscosity in icing, frostings, puddings, custards, ice cream, sauces like creme anglaise and sabayon. Vanilla bean paste is also ideal for savory sauces as well
Does the paste dissolve well when added to a liquid?
A shopper on Oct 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I'm still using my first purchase of this product and I do like it but I have to say that 'paste' is a misnomer. It's not really a paste at all, just a thick liquid vanilla (about the consistency of corn syrup) with flecks of vanilla bean in it. So the short answer is yes, it will mix easily into any other liquid. I use it just like the standard vanilla extract.
I need to make a lot of vanilla sugar for cookies. I know how to make it with the vanilla beans but how would using the paste differ? Would I still get the same rich flavor? Is there an equivalence table on the container?
Evelyn M on Dec 1, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Since this is a paste, I don't think you could use it to make vanilla sugar but it can be used in place of liquid vanilla in your recipes. I use the same quantity of the paste as the liquid.
Is there a reason one would use the paste instead of using a vanilla bean? (Why not just use the bean--benefits of using the paste instead)?
A shopper on Feb 24, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Using the paste is more of a convenience factor. Vanilla bean paste is essentially just scraped out and jarred vanilla bean pods, so it's faster and easier to use
What does the Bourbon in Madagascar Bourban vanilla refer to? is bourbon part of the processing?
A shopper on Dec 6, 2012
BEST ANSWER: The vanilla paste is made using the madagascar bourban pure vanilla extract and the extract does contain 35% alcohol.Taking premium, hand-selected beans cultivated on the Bourbon Island of Madagascar, we use our proprietary cold extraction process to gently draw out and preserve the vanilla's over 300 flavor compounds. The result is a sweet, creamy, mellow flavor with velvety after-tones, perfect for cooking and baking both sweet and savory dishes. An exceptional ""all-purpose"" vanilla.Available in 2-, 4- , 8- and 32-ounce bottles. This product is Kosher and Gluten-Free Certified as well as All-Natural and Allergen-Free.Ingredients: Water, Alcohol (35%), Sugar, Vanilla Bean Extractives.One tablespoon of vanilla extract is equivalent to one vanilla bean


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