View Full Version : Vanilla?
03-20-2007, 08:55 PM
I asked this question in another section but I think this is a better thread to ask it in. my question is when alissa or anyone with a recipe says vanilla exactly what do they mean? Do raw people use just the vanilla bean or do they buy the extract or do they make the extract themselves?
Some people do use the vanilla bean. I however use an organic vanilla extract that I got at Good Foods. You have to be careful of the extracts ingredients and read the label. I have noticed some containing sugar and other artificial ingredients. Mine was $12.00 for a 4 oz bottle and the ingredients include water, organic alcohol 35%, and vanilla bean extractives. Hope this helps.
03-21-2007, 07:15 AM
I think a lot of recipes call for the vanilla bean but at $6 a bean I cannot afford that as I think u use the whole bean for one recipe. I try to get the best organic liquid vanilla as I can. I know it has alcohol and prob been processed but it is a decision I decided to make so i can afford to eat this way.
03-21-2007, 08:27 AM
Actually, you only use a small piece of a bean for a recipe... 1" of a vanilla bean is equal to 2 teaspoons of extract. So if a recipe calls for 1 tsp of vanilla you onlly need half of an inch of the bean...
03-25-2007, 10:15 AM
I use whole vanilla bean everyday.
Every morning I grind a whole one in my coffee grinder with cacao nibs to make chocolate vanilla powder for my morning smoothie...it smells sooooo incredibly good, chocolate+vanilla=meant to be together.
I def. think it takes a whole bean to flavor something really strongly with vanilla..and i dont think the split them open and use the seeds technique really gives anything a strong vanilla flavor either.
If anyone is interested in some cheap organic vanilla, I sell it for a dollar a bean, which is a lot cheaper than 6$ a bean... Email agavenectar @ yahoo.com if you are interested!
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