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Offline thermilover

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Where do you buy vanilla beans from?
« on: May 12, 2015, 05:24:20 am »
Today I had to buy vanilla extract and I didn't realize how much I always spent on it, it was 11$ at woolies for a small bottle...  :o

And as I am making more and more homemade muffins, banana bread, etc. will be using more of it..

I remember a thread about you guys making your own using vanilla beans..
So was curious to know where exactly do you buy the vanilla beans and also please suggest a good recipe for making one!!

Thanks in advance :)

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Re: Where do you buy vanilla beans from?
« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2015, 06:23:24 am »
I think most people use this recipe thermolover.

http://tickofyum.webs.com/apps/blog/show/21122824-vanilla-bean-paste

Update, I've given you the wrong link thermolover, see further down for the correct one from CC.  This one is for paste the other for extract.
« Last Edit: May 12, 2015, 08:57:57 am by judydawn »
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Re: Where do you buy vanilla beans from?
« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2015, 07:13:48 am »
I use that one and find it quite good. No matter what you do it seems to crystallise, but I give it a good stir and use it. I have had to microwave it once too.
I buy my vanilla beans from www.sistermixin.com They are very good. They cost $16 plus postage for 10 vanilla pods. They come quickly too.
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Re: Where do you buy vanilla beans from?
« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2015, 08:51:55 am »
I used the vanilla extract recipe from here on the forum.
Vanilla Extract - from Shayla.
Being in the UK I bought my vanilla beans from eBay.
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Re: Where do you buy vanilla beans from?
« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2015, 08:55:04 am »
Oops, so do I ;D  I misread extract for paste.  Sorry thermolover, now you have both recipes though.  Thanks CC.
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Re: Where do you buy vanilla beans from?
« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2015, 09:26:22 am »
I use Shayla's recipe as well and bought my vanilla beans off ebay, but Gert knows of a good organic supplier in Qld, if she pops on to this thread perhaps she can give you  the details - she sent them to me once, but I have since lost the name, unfortunately.
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Re: Where do you buy vanilla beans from?
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2015, 10:42:43 am »
i buy mine in bali .  i make vanilla sugar , vanilla extract and paste with it
i don't need a recipe i'm italian

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Re: Where do you buy vanilla beans from?
« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2015, 04:24:22 pm »
If you decide you would like to make Vanilla Bean Paste this video is good to watch too  :)
Sistermixin-How to make Vanilla Bean Paste.
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Re: Where do you buy vanilla beans from?
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2015, 09:29:02 pm »
I found Gert's source, good luck:  http://www.brokennosevanilla.com.au

The sistermixin video is also very interesting.  I had never seen it before.  I may be making vanilla paste this weekend!




 
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Re: Where do you buy vanilla beans from?
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2015, 10:57:08 pm »
Woowww, Thank you so much all, I will have a look at all and am very keen on making my own from now on :)

Probably a stupid question, but what is the difference between vanilla paste and vanilla extract?
I probably think it is the intensity... but not sure...

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Re: Where do you buy vanilla beans from?
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2015, 11:44:32 pm »
Yes, it's a thick gooey paste thermilover, a lot of Tenina's recipes use it. I still only use extract because the paste is so expensive.
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Re: Where do you buy vanilla beans from?
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2015, 02:48:23 am »
Make some Judy. It's the cost of the beans and some sugar. I'm pleased with mine. Nikki got me onto it. I also have more vanilla essence making itself and I will start a second bottle when we go back so that I won't run out, I can just charge one up while I use the other.
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Re: Where do you buy vanilla beans from?
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2015, 05:23:24 am »
I know I should cookie but I don't do enough baking or desserts to justify it.  I have made 2 large bottles of essence though.
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Re: Where do you buy vanilla beans from?
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2015, 06:51:00 am »
I made a bottle of essence for Xmas 2013 gifts and I still have some left over; that's why I'm thinking I might make vanilla paste at the weekend with the vanilla pods from the essence and give that and the left over essence away.  I'm thinking the essence must be REALLY strong by now!
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Re: Where do you buy vanilla beans from?
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2015, 08:02:51 am »
Fair enough Judy. I make a lot of Tenina's Graneusli and use the paste in that.
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