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    Vanilla Extract Prices $$$$

    Holy scha-moley, vanilla is stupid expensive now. I recall my Penzey’s clerk warning me a few years ago. She was not kidding.
    Vanilla Double Strength
    I use this in all my cookies. So good. But may need to rethink!
    Nielsen Massey Madagascar Vanilla
    I have used this brand repeatedly at various jobs. Solid ingredient.
    Then I am thinking of making my own.
    Heart & Harvest Madagascar Vanilla (Amazon)
    Madagascar Vanilla Beans
    Bakers of Sweets, what say you?
    Richard Chrz
    Dr. Pepper
    Last edited by SheilaAnn; January 21, 2022, 01:24 PM.

    My wife wants to get into making her own vanilla extract, she tells me it's rather easy but we've not tried it yet. Once she mentioned vodka I got sidetracked....


    • jfmorris
      jfmorris commented
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      The issue is that high quality vanilla beans are not cheap either. At The Spice House, one vanilla bean for $8.99, or 3 for $22.99:

      Madagascar vanilla beans are the premium choice for pastry chefs and gourmet bakers. Get these Madagascar vanilla beans with free shipping on orders over $49.

    • noeltjen
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      We've been making our own for years. A few good beans split almost to the top and some vodka. In a month or 2 you'll have your own extract. We have 2 bottles going, both with vanilla beans and use out of one. When that gets about half gone, I top it off with the 2nd bottle, then top that one off with vodka. Change the beans every year or 2 (depending on how fast you use it) and your good to go.
      Last edited by noeltjen; January 21, 2022, 02:09 PM.

    • UncleSpike
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      We did it. Made one bottle with Vodka and one with Bourbon. Well worth it, and simple to do.

    I get the 12 ounce bottles of McCormick pure vanilla extract at Sam's Club, and those are currently what I thought was high at $20ish. I was buying it for like $8 a few years back.

    Lately I've seen stuff for same (cheap) called Molina Mexican Vanilla Blend. Not sure what's in it, but I've seen it several places on the cheap. The label said it had vanillin (whatever that is) as an ingredient before vanilla, so I skipped past it.


    • texastweeter
      texastweeter commented
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      Vanillin comes from wood and is typically made for the waste product of papermills.. the feds say it is safe...

    My wife was looking at VE last week shopping, couldn't believe the prices.
    We passed for now, time will tell if that was a good or bad idea..


      Apparently most of the world's vanilla is grown in Madagascar. They've had several destructive storms in recent years that have destroyed a lot of crops. Probably that plus the whole worldwide supply chain thing.
      Vanilla is probably the most popular flavoring out there, but most of what we consume is the imitation variety as the real extract is pricey. What accounts for the high cost? And is it worth it?


      • grantgallagher
        grantgallagher commented
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        I was trying to remember where but that was my first thought too.

      I have seen vanilla extract prices drop considerably here. A few months back the bottles of Costco vanilla extract were pushing $30 but when I looked last week they were $15. Not sure if they changed something or not. Didn't look that close.


        I'm gonna' start running vanilla bean pods across the border.


          If someone can utilize Extract of Llama, surely a wild vanilla animal can be captured and utilized as well.....plus that would be organic.


          • texastweeter
            texastweeter commented
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            Kinda like beaver gland extract in vanilla ice cream? Yea, that is a real thing.

          Maybe it's come to this SheilaAnn . . .

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          • WillTravelForFood
            WillTravelForFood commented
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            Is there a Dislike button on this forum?

          • texastweeter
            texastweeter commented
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            Hail no.

          SheilaAnn agreed about Penzey vanilla pricing this year, had to buy a gift bottle for a neighbor and was shocked (shocked, I say) at the $$$$. But because it was a gift, we went with it.

          for our own purposes, we’ve been using the Giant Costco vanilla (it’s not "double vanilla", so we just use more if we feel like it. ). The price is decent for the amount you get. Costco also sells whole vanilla bean, which was also at a reasonable price this year . As others have said, vodka and bourbon are in our future.


            I highly recommend these fine folks https://www.southernflavoring.com/pr...anilla-extract I know the owner personally and they provide a great product. Their ground pepper is awesome as well.


              We offer only the best and most potent Madagascar Vanilla Extract. No flavorings, glycerin, or Propylene glycol. Pure deliciousness.


                Thanks for the links and advice. I am going to try my hand at the homemade version. Picked up the vanilla beans I listed above. Picked up this vodka. It was highly recommended from my Total Wine guy. Super clean taste. He said that this vodka will be good for this project. About $21 for the bottle.

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                It might be cheaper to make a vacation trip to Mexico and get a bottle there. When we were in Mexico last May, we all grabbed a bottle to bring home.


                I am not a baker of sweets so my knowledge is fairly limited. I use vanilla for home made ice cream and I’ve tried a couple of different extracts and found most of what is at the supermarket lacks flavor. I only use La Vencedora vanilla. My grandparents live right at the border of Mexico and have been getting it for years for the family. My mom moved down there and gets it for me now, I think the last time she bought it for me it was about $3. If I don’t have that vanilla, I won’t make ice cream. I have found it in some local supermercados, but here it’s about $15 for the same bottle.



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