Nielsen-Massey Vanillas 4-oz Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
- Labeled specifically as a Pure Vanilla Extract
- Rich and mellow Madagascar Bourbon; classic, flavorful Mexican; musky, aromatic Tahitian; and pungent Indonesian
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Size: 4 oz.
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The product is actually a mostly-sugar syrup with black specks of ground vanilla beans. I expected a more intensely "vanilla" product than "extract", but the "paste" is actually less intense.
According to the label: "1 Tbs. vanilla paste = 1 Tbs. vanilla extract = 1 vanilla bean". In reality, my guess is that the paste is about half the strength of "extract". Caveat, the alchohol in vanilla extract is probably a substantial portion of the vanilla-ish flavor in "extract".
Like any syrup, it is slow to mix with cold ingredients or in cold water. It generally requires warming or vigourous mixing to mix uniformly.
COMPARISON TO "EXTRACT"
> "Extract" is vanilla flavor in alcohol. "Paste" is ground vanilla in sugar syrup. In my limited experience, "extract" is more intensely "vanilla" but the alcohol flavor interferes with use in uncooked (or lightly cooked) desserts--for example, in home-made ice-cream, or in a glass of vanilla-milk, or pudding.
Example: I make a faux-chocolate pudding with a tropical fruit called "black sapote", milk, Knox Gelatin Knox Original Gelatin (32-Count Envelopes), Unflavored, 8-Ounce Boxes (Pack of 2), sugar, and vanilla. Vanilla paste or powder works well for this purpose, but it takes alot of paste---about 1 1/2 "heaping" teaspoon per cup of pudding.
> The "paste" has the advantage of not evaporating (which can happen to extract kept for a year or two).
COMPARISON TO "POWDER"
> "Powder" is simply ground vanilla; "paste" without the sugar. ...Read more ›
It's a bit different in texture than I expected...it is more of a thick syrup, due to the other ingredients (sugar basically).
I bought it initially because we make homemade tapioca, but I have been putting a drop in my coffee also!
I would love to hear a comparison with the other vanilla paste brands on Amazon...as this is the only one I have tried so far.
The product that I've received does not mention "Madagascar Bourbon" anywhere on the label. It mentions "Pure" instead.
[I have ordered this product before (not sure if from the same seller though) and it did look exactly like the one depicted in the Amazon product page. But not this time.]
From what I know, "Madagascar Bourbon" is considered the best in the vanilla extract/paste realm, therefore I assume that what I've received is of a lesser quality.
I don't know if the average person can actually distinguish between the taste of the "Pure" and the "Madagascar Bourbon", and for $10 I'm not going to mess around with returning, etc. - just pointing out that the actual product that you'd receive may not be the same one as the advertised one.
You can use this as a substitute for vanilla beans for the most part but if you use this with extract you can punch up the vanilla flavor to a sinful degree. I love using this to make vanilla bean frosting (via a Cupcake Project recipe) that tastes like vanilla bean ice cream.
Whoever said vanilla was boring?! ;D
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It arrived on time and this product is fantastic! It saves me time to split the actual vanilla beans and its replacing my vanilla essence these days!Published 20 hours ago by Helena Ricker
This is delicious in frosting and cakes-much deeper flavor than extract! Love it!Published 1 day ago by punkin
I love this vanilla. I'm a huge fan of Penzey's spices. Their Vietnamese cinnamon is out of this world, but their vanilla doesn't excite me. This is much better! Read morePublished 2 days ago by kayekaye
I used this to make homemade pudding with and it was outstanding, I will use this again and again for many recipes, ice-cream ect I loved the look and mild taste of this, if you... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Lillian
Arrived broken-leaking. Outer package was in tact but bottle appears open as the contents are out of the jarPublished 4 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is the best brand out there! Much more economical than scraping a vanilla bean and the flavor is divine!Published 5 days ago by Happy Wife in CA