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  1. #1
    Jim Elbrecht Guest

    Default Vanilla beans

    I'm low on saffron and vanilla so I go to http://saffron.com/ and get
    all set to order. . . [I've ordered saffron from them for years and
    got some vanilla last year]

    And for some reason, this time I wonder if I should get a different
    vanilla than what I got last time?

    I'd have to look up what I bought-- but they were the freshest,
    goo-i-est beans I've ever seen.

    They offer
    http://www.theposter.com/vanilla2.html
    Planifolia [organic or not]
    Tahitian and Mexican beans

    The Tahitian and Planifolia come in 'gourmet' and 'chef' packs. The
    chef pack is 1lb for $20. The gourmet is $30.

    The Mexican is 3-4 times the price of the Tahitian and Planifolia.

    I was about to order 1/2lb of the Planifolia for $15-- but wonder if I
    ought to just get the pound and pack 1/2 of it in some rum or vodka
    for safe keeping.

    Has anyone compared all the varieties and found one to be a stand out?

    Jim

  2. #2
    I'm back on the laptop Guest

    Default Re: Vanilla beans

    Jim Elbrecht <[email protected]> wrote in
    news:[email protected]:

    > I'm low on saffron and vanilla so I go to http://saffron.com/ and get
    > all set to order. . . [I've ordered saffron from them for years and
    > got some vanilla last year]
    >
    > And for some reason, this time I wonder if I should get a different
    > vanilla than what I got last time?
    >
    > I'd have to look up what I bought-- but they were the freshest,
    > goo-i-est beans I've ever seen.
    >
    > They offer
    > http://www.theposter.com/vanilla2.html
    > Planifolia [organic or not]
    > Tahitian and Mexican beans
    >
    > The Tahitian and Planifolia come in 'gourmet' and 'chef' packs. The
    > chef pack is 1lb for $20. The gourmet is $30.
    >
    > The Mexican is 3-4 times the price of the Tahitian and Planifolia.
    >
    > I was about to order 1/2lb of the Planifolia for $15-- but wonder if I
    > ought to just get the pound and pack 1/2 of it in some rum or vodka
    > for safe keeping.
    >
    > Has anyone compared all the varieties and found one to be a stand out?
    >
    > Jim
    >



    I bought a bunch of Madagascan beans, and have been quite happy with
    them, but this might help you out.........


    http://www.organic-vanilla.com/servl...template=a-buy


    http://www.organic-vanilla.com/servl...template=a-faq


    "Q1. What are the best vanilla beans?

    A1. The most common question we are asked!! There is a tendency to
    profile vanilla from certain countries – Madagascar, Tahiti, Mexico, PNG
    etc. These all have different aromas and flavors, but we sell both
    species of vanilla from Papua New Guinea and believe that one of the
    many choices that we offer will fulfill your vanilla needs. When it
    comes to your budget, our vanilla is unquestionably the VERY BEST
    VALUE!! Imagine beans being like a fine wine or cigar. It really comes
    down to your own taste and the intended use. Bourbon beans meet certain
    needs that Tahitian beans do not fulfill and vice versa. Gourmet and
    Extract beans are used for different purposes. As for the aroma and
    flavor – you are the judge - if you like the flavor, it’s a good bean!!
    No need to be a bean ‘snob’ – leave that to the wine lovers! Click here
    to find out the different kinds of beans and how to use them

    Q2: Do all vanilla beans have the same flavor?

    A2: No. There are varying factors that affect the flavor of a vanilla
    bean. The first depends on the species, Planifolia (Bourbon) or
    Tahitensis (Tahitian). The second is the country of origin of the
    vanilla, and even the specific area or altitude where grown. The third
    is the maturity of the beans when picked. The fourth is how the beans
    are steeped and cured. For vanilla extract, the extraction method used
    will also influence the final flavor profile. Just like a fine wine or
    cigar, vanilla also has its unique flavor profile. We sell beans from
    our own organically controlled plantations in Papua New Guinea, which we
    believe to be the best in the world!


    --
    Peter
    Tasmania
    Australia

  3. #3
    Jerry Avins Guest

    Default Re: Vanilla beans

    On 3/13/2012 9:14 AM, Jim Elbrecht wrote:
    > I'm low on saffron and vanilla so I go to http://saffron.com/ and get
    > all set to order. . . [I've ordered saffron from them for years and
    > got some vanilla last year]
    >
    > And for some reason, this time I wonder if I should get a different
    > vanilla than what I got last time?
    >
    > I'd have to look up what I bought-- but they were the freshest,
    > goo-i-est beans I've ever seen.
    >
    > They offer
    > http://www.theposter.com/vanilla2.html
    > Planifolia [organic or not]
    > Tahitian and Mexican beans
    >
    > The Tahitian and Planifolia come in 'gourmet' and 'chef' packs. The
    > chef pack is 1lb for $20. The gourmet is $30.
    >
    > The Mexican is 3-4 times the price of the Tahitian and Planifolia.
    >
    > I was about to order 1/2lb of the Planifolia for $15-- but wonder if I
    > ought to just get the pound and pack 1/2 of it in some rum or vodka
    > for safe keeping.
    >
    > Has anyone compared all the varieties and found one to be a stand out?


    I buy from the same place, but I don't use enough beans to know anything
    except that there are differences and I like them all. I use the vanilla
    extract from saffron.com. Their extract comes in single, double, and
    triple strength. They include a 2-oz. sample bottle of single strength
    with a one-oz. order of saffron.

    If you want to "preserve" beans in alcohol, use Everclear or Gold Seal
    or any other 180-proof stuff you can get at the liquor store. (I have a
    jar of cherries soaking in some right now. In a couple of weeks I'll
    strain out the cherries to use for baking and cut the liquor with simple
    syrup. That makes a wonderful sipping liqueur.)

    Jerry
    --
    Engineering is the art of making what you want from things you can get.
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    Jeßus Guest

    Default Re: Vanilla beans

    On Tue, 13 Mar 2012 09:14:47 -0400, Jim Elbrecht <[email protected]>
    wrote:

    >I'm low on saffron and vanilla so I go to http://saffron.com/ and get
    >all set to order. . . [I've ordered saffron from them for years and
    >got some vanilla last year]
    >
    >And for some reason, this time I wonder if I should get a different
    >vanilla than what I got last time?
    >
    >I'd have to look up what I bought-- but they were the freshest,
    >goo-i-est beans I've ever seen.
    >
    >They offer
    >http://www.theposter.com/vanilla2.html
    >Planifolia [organic or not]
    >Tahitian and Mexican beans
    >
    >The Tahitian and Planifolia come in 'gourmet' and 'chef' packs. The
    >chef pack is 1lb for $20. The gourmet is $30.
    >
    >The Mexican is 3-4 times the price of the Tahitian and Planifolia.
    >
    >I was about to order 1/2lb of the Planifolia for $15-- but wonder if I
    >ought to just get the pound and pack 1/2 of it in some rum or vodka
    >for safe keeping.
    >
    >Has anyone compared all the varieties and found one to be a stand out?


    Can't help you with those varieties (the ones I buy come from New
    Guinea or the south pacific). But regarding alcohol, I convert all of
    my vanilla into vanilla essence by finely chopping them and then into
    vodka for as long as possible before straining out the pods - then
    adding the used pods again to more vodka for another run.
    500g of pods makes enough to keep me going for 6-9 months.

    Been meaning to try some rum instead of vodka though, that should turn
    out nice.

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