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Old 10-14-2017, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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I finally depleted my supply of Mexican vanilla extract a while back and went shopping for more. Wow, sticker shock!!! So I saw this Amazon add-on for artificial vanilla extract and bought a bottle. PUKE!

I need something decent, but $6+ an ounce is so high a price. Anyone with recommendations and/or favorites?
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Old 10-14-2017, 09:03 AM
 
Location: South Bay Native
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I usually buy the big bottle at Costco. The price has shot up recently, but it is still cheaper than other places. I have had good results with the extract and paste version of the vanilla that Trader Joe's carries.

You can also buy (on Amazon) true vanilla beans in bulk - best deal by far vs. buying them one at a time in the grocery store. Use these for custards, ice cream, etc. Stick a bean in a jar of sugar and you can make your own vanilla sugar to use in recipes.
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Old 10-14-2017, 09:10 AM
 
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https://www.penzeys.com/online-catal...24/p-3086/pd-s
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Old 10-14-2017, 10:14 AM
 
Location: North Oakland
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Penzey's is where I buy my vanilla, too. They offer the choice of double-strength vanilla, lowering the cost of an effective dose. However, at least twice, I have found myself forgetting I'm using double-strength when making cakes. Next time, I'll probably get the Mexican vanilla hertfordshire recommends above.

https://www.penzeys.com/online-catal...24/p-1519/pd-s
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Old 10-14-2017, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and Las Vegas, NV
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I usually buy the big bottle at Costco. The price has shot up recently, but it is still cheaper than other places. I have had good results with the extract and paste version of the vanilla that Trader Joe's carries.

You can also buy (on Amazon) true vanilla beans in bulk - best deal by far vs. buying them one at a time in the grocery store. Use these for custards, ice cream, etc. Stick a bean in a jar of sugar and you can make your own vanilla sugar to use in recipes.
Your post inspired me to see if there's a recipe for making vanilla extract using vanilla beans. And there is!!

I'm going to try it:

Ingredients:
8 oz. Glass Bottle or Jar.
7 Vanilla Beans.
1 cup Vodka 70 Proof/35% Alcohol (or you can also use Bourbon, Rum or Brandy; any brand/quality)
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Old 10-14-2017, 10:31 AM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Frugal is good of course, but unless I were making industrial-sized batches of cookies or whatever, I wouldn't pay much attention to the unit cost of pure natural vanilla extract at all.
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Old 10-14-2017, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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Penzeys. I don't use it frequently enough that is a really regular purchase, and don't mind spending a bit more.
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Old 10-14-2017, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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To me, the only good vanilla is what we get when we visit Mexico on a cruise ship. It is so inexpensive and last as long as we do or close. I don't know when I have purchased vanilla extract but if I did I would probably spurge and go with a top brand. How much does anyone use in a year? Not much I am thinking
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Old 10-14-2017, 12:03 PM
 
Location: Middle America
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I go through the most at Christmas time, making numerous large batches of cutout sugar cookies. Other than that, minimal use.
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Old 10-14-2017, 12:05 PM
 
Location: Fairfax County, VA
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Don't use much vanilla anymore, but when they were school-aged, my kids went through chocolate-chip pancakes for breakfast at quite a rate. A good bit of vanilla extract went into a batch of those, along with a smaller dose of almond extract. Those are the only two that are sort of staples. All the other extract bottles came to live here as part of one-time recipe needs. I would just pitch them all, but I know full well that the day after I do, I will decide to make a recipe that calls for one of them. Better safe than sorry.
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