Nielsen Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, 32 Fluid Ounce
- Made from beans grown in Madagascar
- Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla is the king of vanillas
- Its creamy, sweet flavor blends beautifully with a variety of foods
- Great all around vanilla
- Contains 32 ounces of Vanilla Extract for a great value
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Top Customer Reviews
I almost removed a star because when using the plastic bottle the 32 oz. extract comes in, there is no way to avoid the neck and cap getting crudded up with some of the vanilla which seems both a waste and poor design, so here's what I do. I decant a few ounces into a glass cruet (the kind you would put olive oil or vinegar into) and dollup it out a bit at a time. No mess that way.
I think the smell of vanilla is one of the nature's greatest gifts, too. A few drops well applied can make a room smell wonderful.
Over the Thanksgiving Holiday we had several occasions to use Nielsen-Massey in our dishes. After 22 desserts (we have a huge family gathering at Holidays) everyone kept commenting that the desserts were better than they've ever been in the past. No one but me and my mother knew that we'd change only the one ingredient in all of the different pies, meringues, cakes, cookies, cheesecakes and sweet breads.
I am a BIG crème brûlée fan and tried my conventional recipe with the other vanilla extract and there was an amazing flavor difference. Even though the flavor is wonderful with Nielsen Massey Vanilla I still prefer actual vanilla beans to extract in my crème brûlée, but Nielsen Massey will more than suffice in a pinch or with people who aren't quite the fanatic that I am.
Incidentally, I did receive the 32oz bottle as advertised. Not the 4oz as I've seen complained about below.
**update** The 32oz that I purchased was Sold by: SimplyBeautiful
I was looking for Vanilla extract that had no sugar.
I am over the moon satisfied with this purchase. Most importantly, the flavor excels all others I've used over 60 years and it is delightfully smooth. I'm especially sensitive to the taste of alcohol in extracts, yet don't notice it at all in this vanilla. It truly delivers an authentic taste of vanilla.
I've used it in baking, cake and bread and cookies and am pleased to tell you that the flavor enhances the good old standard family recipes in which I've used it. As a lark, I whipped up a batch of Grandma's boiled frosting for some gluten-free chocolate cake and the frosting tasted so fine I could have eaten it by the bowl. Rich, smooth, and vanilla-y. I've only had it for a month but have purposely cooked recipes that call for vanilla so I could make a fair evaluation.
As for the huge bottle and arthritis - I divided the contents into several small pop-cap sealing bottles for storage in my pantry. That way the vanilla remains full flavored fresh right down to the last bottle. With this type of cap there is no drying mess at the top of the bottle. It is sealed from the air and can even be stored lying on its side. With the boriolli bottles I can easily manage the cap, even with arthritis. I'm not a fan of storing liquid foods in plastic bottles anyway, so I rebottled right after receiving the shipment. Then, to use in an 8oz. bottle I have yet to spill, over a month of regular use. However, I do plan to buy a small bottle with the same sort of spout that I use for oils, to eliminate possible spillage from a regular sized mouth. This has become my new standard for vanilla.
Why the extra ingredients? Extracting the vanillin from vanilla beans (what gives vanilla extract it's flavor) is a long process and modern manufacturers don't want to spend the time or money waiting for this process to happen naturally. Using a water extraction process for the vanillin is much faster; making the time from bean to bottle go from months (traditional methods) to a matter of days. The addition of alcohol (35% or 70-proof) preserves the extractives and the sugar makes it palatable (in case you should ever try to drink straight vanilla extract).
Conclusions: This is a very good vanilla extract, but, in cutting corners to shorten the manufacturing time, they add ingredients that are unnecessary - in short, sugar. If you can't find a vanilla extract without added sugar or you don't have time to make you own, buy this product. It is the best you are going get based on the ingredients. If you don't care about the ingredients, any extract (except imitation extract) will give your baked goods the same flavor, so feel free to try different brands to find the one you like best.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
While the flavor is acceptable, the water and alcohol content is not. I just returned from Mexico and bought PURE vanilla extract with no alcohol. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Susan Dibble
i make my own vanilla syrup for vanilla lattes. I didn't think that a different kind of pure vanilla extract would make much of a difference. It does. Read morePublished 1 day ago by patricia mccommas
This vanilla adds great flavor and the container is large enough that it mitigates the cost. I buy one a year and it lasts me, and I bake A LOT. Good, well priced vanilla.Published 3 days ago by Elise Miller
this is my favorite vanilla. this size lasts me about 6 months, and we bake a lot around here.Published 6 days ago by hownow
The flavor is incredible! I would never go back to any other vanilla. I bought the large bottle and the price is worth itPublished 8 days ago by stfhowru
Arrived promptly, in excellent condition....wonderful aroma and flavorful.Published 11 days ago by S. Dowling
I can't even say enough good things about this purchase. I'm still in shock at the phenomenal bargain! Read morePublished 11 days ago by Penny Mason