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LorAnn Extracts, Natural Madagascar Vanilla Bean Paste, 4-Ounce Bottle (Pack of 3)
- Pack of 3, 4-ounce bottle
- Bean paste
- Madagascar vanilla
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There is not much alcohol in the paste, so it's great to use for a true vanilla flavor without the bitter aftertaste (keep in mind it does contain some extract so I'm guessing there is a minimal amount of alcohol in this). This is certified kosher and is gluten free for anyone who might be interested in this info. Also, the vanilla specks create visual flavor...after all, people taste first with their eyes. I'll admit that I tend to overdo vanilla in my recipes, which is why the paste is so much better for recipes where the amount of liquid does matter (whipping creams, ice creams, creme brulee, etc.).
Be aware that the paste isn't really a paste. It's more like a syrup. I've tried other Lorann products before (mostly their emulsions), so I'm glad that this product meets expectations. It's comparable in price and potency to vanilla extracts, but I'll be using this paste almost exclusively for the reasons mentioned above.
The substitution rate of this paste is the same as the amount of extract called for in a recipe, so there were no problems converting the amount to use in my recipes. The advantage vanilla bean paste has over the more familiar vanilla extract is that the paste contains vanilla bean seeds that can be attractive when used in things such as icings, cakes, and cookies.
The flavor of the paste is fine, comparable to my usual extracts; I could detect no noticeable difference in flavor of the final product made with the paste over the extract. So far I've used the paste in ice cream, frosting, and cupcakes. With the amount of paste that I used in each product, the tiny amount of bean seeds were barely noticeable in the finished products. You really have to look closely to see them.
One thing I noticed is that it's more difficult to measure and use the paste than extract because it's harder to get all of the paste out of the measuring spoon. It clings to the spoon so that you have to scrape it out, which can be tricky if you're using a small sized measuring spoon.
All of this taken together, unless I'm using a recipe that specifically calls for the paste for visual aesthetic reasons, I'll probably stick to using my favorite extract for most recipes. The extracts are easier to measure and give the same tasting results as the paste with the added benefits of the extract being easier to find and more cost-effective per use.
On the occasions when I do opt for vanilla paste, this LorAnn product is a good quality choice.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is soon much better than vanilla extract. I use this for everything now. Everyone asks why my stuff tastes so much better than theirs...this is my secret weapon!Published 7 days ago by eschercat
I'm a real vanilla lover and I was excited to try this product. I'm very surprised it has so many positive reviews. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Mary
Only paste I use! Its the best and this is a great pricePublished 2 months ago by Jessica Hollifield
This isn't very strong or potent tasting.Never used vanilla paste before, so not sure if this is common or notPublished 7 months ago by Desiree
I love this vanilla bean paste. I got my first jar at TJ Maxx a few years ago and have not even considered using vanilla extract since. Read morePublished 15 months ago by S. Gantert