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Nielsen-Massey Vanillas 4-oz Pure Vanilla Bean Paste

4.7 out of 5 stars 746 customer reviews
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About the Product
  • 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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  • Nielsen-Massey Vanillas 4-oz Pure Vanilla Bean Paste
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Product Description

Size: 4 oz.

Nielsen-Massey is pleased to offer a pure vanilla extract that meets its unwavering quality standards and allows a lower price point to both its customers and consumers. Utilizing our exclusive cold process method, we have developed a pure vanilla extracted from a blend of selected vanilla beans. This product, labeled specifically as a Pure Vanilla Extract, is available in 4 ounce, 8 ounce, quarts and gallon bottles for both the retail and food service markets.

Product Details

Size: 4 oz.
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 1 x 6 inches ; 4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B002HQE11O
  • UPC: 025638214049 025638714044
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (746 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,661 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)

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Size: 4 oz. Verified Purchase
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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.

EQUIVALENCES
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".

USING
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.
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Size: 4 oz.
I LOVE this stuff! It is so handy and goes a long way. It has a syrupy consistency and is packed with vanilla bean caviar. This gives your food that extra special gourmet taste. I love putting it in whipped cream, frosting, icing, cakes and scones. It would be great anywheree you use vanilla extract or vanilla beans. If you like to make desserts, you really need to try this!
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Size: 4 oz.
Easily 5 stars if you like vanilla. Its much cheaper than whole beans, and tastes very much like pure vanilla, with none of the bitterness or alcohol taste of extract.

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!

Highly recommended.

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.
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Size: 4 oz. Verified Purchase
Based on recommendation from King Arthur Flour (KAF), I bought the vanilla bean paste. It came in quickly. I tried it and came to several conclusions. First, the flavor is outstanding..rich vanilla flavor. As described at KAF, the paste contained small vanillla bean specks which were visible in the lighter colored preps I made, like French Vanilla ice cream. It gave the preparations a special touch. One caution. If used in a thin batter, the specks will sink to the bottom. I learned this when I made Creme Brulee. The vanilla flavor was great, but at the bottom of the ramekin were all the bean specks. Use the paste in recipes where the specks will stay suspended and not sink.
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Size: 4 Ounce Verified Purchase
See the attached pic - the product description and image clearly state "Madagascar Bourbon".
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.
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Size: 4 oz. Verified Purchase
I have been using this in icecream and the tase is great and has no funny after taste or alchol tast that extracts and vanilla flavorings have.
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By Kat on January 1, 2012
Size: 4 oz. Verified Purchase
Love this brand. I use Nielsen-Massey 32 oz. Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. also (32 oz. seems like a lot but it calculates to roughly a little over $1.20 per ounce. Um, CRAZY SAVINGS.).

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
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By tm171503 on November 22, 2010
Size: 4 oz. Verified Purchase
I love this product! I bought it to replace my constant purchase of vanilla beans. It's a perfect substitute.
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