Spicy World Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans, 1/2 - Pound Bags
- One 1/2-pound bag of Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans from Spicy World
- Authentic vanilla fruits essential for fresh crème brulees, vanilla ice cream, and other delicacies
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Top Customer Reviews
I usually buy vanilla beans in Tijuana, Mexico because I can get good quality at a decent price. By that I mean the beans tend to be supple, shiny, and aromatic. By "decent price" I mean it usually costs me around $1.50 to $2.00 per piece.
When I saw this half-pound package at such a low price I was skeptical but I figured the $25 would not be a big risk and if they were bad I can always return them. I ordered on Jan 11 and got them Jan 13. Free two-day shipping being another great feature of my Amazon Prime membership which I now believe is an excellent value.
The beans are very high quality. They are "Gourmet Bourbon" which means about 30% moisture (a good thing) and they are shiny and nicely oily (you want the oily surface as that is one part where a lot of flavor is located. The other part is in the seeds and that is the reason the bean is split and the seeds scrapped when used). These beans are very fresh as shown by their flexibility (as beans grow old they dry out and get brittle- still usable but not as good). They come sealed in a vacuum bag and that is inside a zip bag. Even through the double packaging the scent is very noticeable and complex.
This is a large quantity of beans. If you are not going to use them rapidly I recommend separating into two or three bean lots and vacuum packing those. For optimal shelf-life I keep mine in a wine refrigerator (it gets cool but not cold) where I keep my 20 or 30 pounds of various chocolates.
This is an excellent deal on good quality. I just can't figure out how they manage to make a buck on this one!
In the past with that many beans sitting in vodka, I’d have a slightly fragrant and lovely concoction brewing within a few weeks. As of today, I have weak tea coloring, an oily residue and no scent of vanilla at all. Like the other reviewer, I am completely disappointed with the vanilla beans. I really wanted these to work, it's really a great deal for the amount of beans you get in the package.
I don't know why the other reviewer stated he could just return them if he was unhappy, because due to Amazon's policies there is no way to return them at this point. While it’s a great deal compared with the prices in the store I wish I’d had the same experience as the other reviewers.
Perhaps, I got a bad batch but I can’t seem to find a way to contact the company to see if they are willing to replace them. If I get an answer from the vendor I will update this review.
Yesterday I priced two vanilla beans in a spice bottle at the supermarket. They cost almost $6. This half pound package of beans that comes in a vacuum pack contains at least 50 beans and cost only $25. I am not quite sure what I will do with all of these, but we did make some bottles of vanilla extract for our favorite cooks for Xmas, and I have vanilla sugar in my cupboard now. The fragrance of these beans is marvelous, but I have resealed the package so the beans won't dry out. I may even put a few beans on the counter to make it smell like I have been cooking!
1 cheap fifth of vodka
10-12 beans, sliced the long way.
Remove a cook's share from the vodka bottle and replace with the beans. close the bottle. Let sit for at least a month in a cool dark cupboard.
Decant some of the vanilla into a smaller bottle when you need a refill. Put another sliced bean in there, and top off the large bottle with more vodka. Use the smaller bottle for your cooking. Make lots of cookies!
You can keep this up for about a year.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't say enough about these beans! I found them very fragrant and fresh! They were soft, making them easy to slice open. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I use vanilla beans occasionally and have found it is by far better to buy in bulk off Amazon than purchase in the grocery store. Read morePublished 7 months ago by LBG
Back for the 4th year in a row to order these for making vanilla extract christmas gifts...never disappointed! Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sloopyjo
This batch molded quickly, I've bought before and never had that problemPublished 11 months ago by lenorakay
I bought these to make Bourbon Vanilla extract for Christmas gift. My whole kitchen smelled so wonderful.Published 12 months ago by Georgia L Bond
These were amazing. Made and is still making great vanilla flavoring!Published 12 months ago by Amy Ford