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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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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).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.
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
I like it but it does have added sugar. I should have read the label better before buying. But it tastes great and works fine for baking.Published 4 days ago by R. M. Gregory
I have no complaints about this product but for the price I really don't think the quality is that much better than a pure vanilla extract from the super market.Published 12 days ago by natalie davis
Was hoping that this would have so much more vanilla flavor. Sorry to say was disappointed.Published 20 days ago by Don Flatt
No way. I will not purchase this again. I should've looked at ingredient list. Number one ingredient is sugar, 2nd is water, three is extract and then you finally get to... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert E. Jayroe
Imparts incredibly intense flavor (but not too intense) to baked goods. Never used paste before, always liquid. Now I like this better.Published 1 month ago by Buz from Jersey