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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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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 22, 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 9, 2012
AH-MAY-ZING
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 19, 2011
Delicious
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 17, 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 10, 2013
Vanilla-licious!
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 8, 2011
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
LOVE IT!
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 12, 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 11, 2013
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 15, 2013
 

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Why did you choose this?
Sur La Table Store
I chose this because I've purchased it previously at Sur La Table and it is incredible ingredient.
Kristen S on Mar 21, 2017
I love vanilla, have been learning about the origins of vanilla, how it comes from a tree orchid found in Mexico and Guatemala, and 60% is now grown in Madagascar. This is the best of the best, and great for custards, frostings, egg nog, anywhere you'd like the little flecks of the vanilla bean to show up.
Manon S on Mar 18, 2017
I chose this because I've purchased it previously at Sur La Table and it is incredible ingredient.
Kristen S on Mar 21, 2017
I like it
Cesia R on Mar 20, 2017
I love vanilla, have been learning about the origins of vanilla, how it comes from a tree orchid found in Mexico and Guatemala, and 60% is now grown in Madagascar. This is the best of the best, and great for custards, frostings, egg nog, anywhere you'd like the little flecks of the vanilla bean to show up.
Manon S on Mar 18, 2017
love it, only vanilla I use
LISA T on Mar 15, 2017
Have used this in the past and love it
Barbara F on Mar 9, 2017
Great Product
Chris M on Feb 27, 2017
To add to my desserts.
Amanda R on Feb 22, 2017
This is easy to use and really gives a natural vanilla flavor to baked goods! Really great to have on hand!
Joann s on Feb 20, 2017
want to make ultimate vanilla cupcakes for baby shower
Susan R on Feb 18, 2017
I purchased vanilla paste. I have not tried it yet, but I understand it has a great vanilla flavor and I want to try it.
PATRICIA W. C on Feb 11, 2017
Needed some more vanilla and happened to see this product. Looked interesting. Sold based on all the positive reviews. Eager to try.
C C on Feb 8, 2017
Sometimes, like the efficiency of vanilla bean without buying expensive beans....great product...also love to add a little to vanilla ice cream for intense flavor.
James H on Feb 7, 2017
I have purchased this in the past and really liked it. I am getting these as gifts.
Leah Ann H on Jan 29, 2017
I LOVE this Vanilla Bean paste - it enhances all of my baking recipes!
Larissa D on Jan 29, 2017
Fabulous in smoothies.MMMMMM
Karen R on Jan 14, 2017
Best vanilla bean paste there is...makes all your baked goods superior.
Cindy M on Jan 12, 2017
This was introduced in a cooking class and it is the best vanilla I have ever used!
Kathy D on Jan 3, 2017
I love Vanilla Bean
P A on Jan 3, 2017
Bought this in NYC need more
Roberta Y on Jan 1, 2017
like baking
Ivy E on Dec 31, 2016
It was used in a cooking class I took at Sur La Table and was recommended to use in place of extract
Shari H on Dec 30, 2016
It's perfect for when you need vanilla beans in your dish and don't have whole vanilla beans on hand.
Angela R on Dec 24, 2016
Have a recipe that calls for it & can't find it in stores here.
Sandy S on Dec 20, 2016
Vanilla Bean Paste is a secret ingredient that makes every recipe that calls for vanilla extract so much better. It is a direct exchange in any recipe an it adds a depth of flavor and richness to all your baking and a kick to whipping cream. Awesome stuff!
Kasey M on Dec 19, 2016
I've used this in a couple of Sur La Table cooking classes and it is so much better than vanilla extract in most recipes calling for vanilla. I now use it at home and have given it as a gift to friends and family who bake regularly.
Philip D on Dec 17, 2016
As a vanilla lover who can't get enough of the delectable jewel and a long time Sur la Table shopper, purchasing this product was a no brainer.
Diane W on Dec 13, 2016
I like to use good vanilla when I bake
Annette M on Dec 13, 2016
I want to try a recipe which calls for this. The reviews are VERY positive.
John F on Dec 12, 2016
Because it's delicious!
Terra W on Dec 8, 2016
yummy
Linda C on Dec 4, 2016
It is great with my homemade vanilla ice cream.....
Henry L L on Dec 2, 2016
I like this brand of vanilla. I'm trying a new recipe that calls for paste.
Stacey T on Nov 30, 2016
Like to mix a little into plain Greek yogurt.
KAREN M on Nov 30, 2016
Used before and it is wonderful!
Susan H on Nov 30, 2016
Love this vanilla bean paste for all my baking.
Annette V on Nov 26, 2016
Recipe
KAREN C on Nov 26, 2016
I would like to use this for baking and compare its flavor to vanilla extract.
Jessica B on Nov 24, 2016
We used this for ice cream in one of the SLT classes I attended. I bought some, and use it in all of my baking. It is so delicious!
Melissa S on Nov 23, 2016
love the flavor of this in baking
Jan M on Nov 14, 2016
Love product
Cheryl L on Nov 14, 2016
This product has a smooth, rich flavor that can be used in place of extract in many recipes.
Laura T on Nov 12, 2016
We used this product in a cooking class...tasted it - phenomenal. I may never go back to using vanilla extract ever again!
Carin S on Nov 10, 2016
I use this all the time and I am out of it.
KERRI F on Nov 10, 2016
I heard so many good things about the paste vs extract. I wanted to give it a try.
KATHERINE G on Nov 8, 2016
We took a cooking class and this was used in the dessert, had to try it
Elizabeth M on Nov 4, 2016
Have been using this product for a few years now-my daughter is a vegan and loves to add this to her new recipes...
Gayle G on Nov 2, 2016
Tasted it in a Sur Le Table cooking class.
Susan M on Nov 1, 2016
I stumbled upon this and it occurred to me... no watering down of vanilla requiring frosting or other desserts!!! it strong and DELISHOUS!!! YOU WILL LOVE THIS!!!
Connie R on Oct 31, 2016
This is the only vanilla I use!!
RHONDA M on Oct 24, 2016
This is the best flavoring for ice cream and baked goods.
Elaine W on Oct 22, 2016
I like it
Cesia R on Mar 20, 2017
love it, only vanilla I use
LISA T on Mar 15, 2017
ingredients

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: Once I used the vanilla bean paste, I never went back to extract. You use it measure for measure. If you have a heavy hand with the vanilla like (l do), you don't have to worry about thinning out the batter or frosting. The little dots of vanilla in it, make your cakes and cupcakes look professional. One more thing, buy a bottle of the paste, and do a taste test between the vanilla paste and extract. The extract is bitter. Just shake very well before using to get some of the tiny bean bits.
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.
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.
Do I need to refrigerate after opening?
Banana on Aug 1, 2016
BEST ANSWER: No, just keep it in your pantry or cupboard. I simply LOVE this vanilla paste. (I think if you refrigerate it, it would get too hard). I have used this product for a few years now, and I've never had a problem. I recommend it to my cooking class students.
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.
The label says pure vanilla bean extract so the only ingredient is vanilla bean, right?
A shopper on Jul 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The ingredients, as stated on the bottle, are: "Sugar, water, vanilla extract, vanilla beans, gum tragacanth (a natural thickener)"

Hope this helps.
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
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
How do measure compared to liquid?
Linda B on Feb 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: although the paste has a bit more depth of flavor, I use the same measure as liquid vanilla
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.
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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