I just got the vanilla beans I ordered

tammyinwvAugust 3, 2012

I ordered these:


Gourmet, AAA, Madagascar beans. I have never smelled nor tasted vanilla beans before. I have to say i am a little dissapointed. They dont smell like what i would expect a strong vanilla to smell. I broke and end off and tatsed relatively nothing. So scraped some beans and tatsed those. Still hardly any taste. Is this normal?


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My beans have a fairly pleasant smell.

I put the beans in my sugar jar, and I have vanilla flavored sugar for coffee.


    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 7:53PM
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I recently bought a bag of 27 beans from the company linked below for $15. They smell great! I used them to make vanilla ice cream and the flavor was fantastic.

The only other way I've purchased beans is from the grocery store where I have shamelessly paid $10 for ONE bean! Never again!

I've got some vanilla sugar going, vanilla vodka aka vanilla extract, and am flavoring some canned fruit as well.

Here is a link that might be useful: cheap but good vanilla beans

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 10:28PM
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Do the beans have any taste as-is?

    Bookmark   August 3, 2012 at 10:46PM
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No, that's not normal at all. I always order mine from Penzey's, knowing I'll get the best quality, freshest product that way. When I open the sealed bag they come in, the aroma of Vanilla permeates the room. I actually keep the plastic bags to use as 'room deoderizers', because they're so fragrant. Have to admit, I've never tasted a bean by itself, so cannot comment on that. But I use mine to make vanilla--15 beans to 750 ml. vodka and after only a few days, the extract is fragrant when I sniff it (although, of course, I let it steep for at least 3 months before using).

I think you got old beans that were possibly improperly stored.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 12:59PM
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Is it possible to grow the plants that produce the
vanilla beans? If they are tropical, maybe in a pot
on the windowsill? I know that the price of 'real'
liquid vanilla was through the roof, a couple of
years ago. Then again, there's the 'immitation'
vanilla.............How is THAT made?. . . from
artificial vanilla beans?

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 2:28PM
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It's been a couple of years ago but I got great vanilla beans from "vanillaproducts" on eBay.

They came vacuum sealed but, despite the sealed bag, you could still smell the aroma. I'm pretty sure that I ordered the lesser grade of beans even, since I used them to make extract. Didn't taste one though. I think you got a bad batch or an old batch of beans.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 3:58PM
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Thats what worries me. They didnt come vacuum sealed, just in a ziplock. I can smell them thru the packaging. But to me its just not a strong "vanilla" sent. Unless my sniffer is off.

    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 8:18PM
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Contact the seller.

I don't think you should have a problem ask to return for exchange.


    Bookmark   August 4, 2012 at 8:28PM
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