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Old 01-11-2018, 07:26 PM
Location: North Taxolina
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Usually I buy vanilla beans from Penzeys but at $19 plus for 3 beans they seem overpriced. On Amazon prices are $4-5 per bean but the sellers seem to have mixed or fake looking reviews.

Can anyone recommend a reputable but reasonably priced source? I need just a few since I don't use them much (not at those prices lol).

Thank you!
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:31 PM
Location: S. FL (hell for me-wife loves it)
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I get mine from an outfit in Tahiti. They are grade B, but the price is great, and they are perfect for making your own
extract or extra for baking. 10 beans for 25.00 isn't bad, imho. They give an in-depth explanation on how they hand cut and dry them too. Interesting.

edit: I know you said you don't need that many, but you can always store the rest for later use. The price is right for this kind of thing
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Old 01-11-2018, 07:58 PM
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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^^^ And here are other interesting facts about vanilla:

Vanilla beans are very expensive. You found a very reasonable source, TD

OP can try this:

But buying bunch of 5 makes a better bargain:
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Old 01-11-2018, 09:04 PM
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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Due to a cyclone in Madagascar and a bad crop the year before, vanilla prices have sky rocketed. I was getting low on my Rose and Ivy Madagascar vanilla I had bought at Home Goods a few years ago at a great price. I could only find vanilla bean paste in small tubes on several trips there. I figured something was up and googled vanilla prices and learned what was going on.

I grudgingly bought some good vanilla at a much higher price, but I also came across a vanilla bean orchid at our local farmers market and bought it. It’s worth a try.


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Old 01-11-2018, 10:02 PM
Location: Heart of Dixie
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Originally Posted by jean_ji View Post
...I also came across a vanilla bean orchid at our local farmers market and bought it. It’s worth a try...
Good luck with that. It doesn't produce until it's twenty feet long, it's very light/temperature/humidity sensitive, and you have to hand-pollinate the flowers. Then comes the long and complicated curing process.

Oh, and you should wear gloves when handling the vanilla orchid because the sap is a skin irritant.
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Old 01-11-2018, 10:23 PM
Location: North State (California)
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I get them in stores with bulk bins, most of the stores, that sell herbs in bulk, also sell vanilla beans, which is handy becasue I only buy one or two. Health food type places too.
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Old 01-12-2018, 04:42 AM
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Last time I bought, I went through ebay (best price I could find for the Grade A/Prime beans). I got 25, 6" long Madagascar beans shipped for $21, looking at the old auction info (that was 2016, still haven't used them all).

Sadly, the same is now ~$90
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Old 01-12-2018, 08:05 AM
Status: "Finally Done With C-D BYE BYE" (set 3 days ago)
Location: LEAVING CD
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I would suggest using Beanilla who stocks beans from all over the world. I've used them for several years and always received good quality beans. I do miss the days when I could buy 1/2 pound of Madagascar beans for $40. Thankfully I'd made several quarts of Vanilla Extract and vacuum packed some of the beans before the price went sky high.

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Old 01-12-2018, 08:23 AM
Location: South Bay Native
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I buy the beans on Amazon - I haven't had any problems. I avoid sellers with feedback indicating they sell inferior or old stock.
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Old 01-12-2018, 09:25 AM
Location: Georgia
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So . . . I guess the vanilla beans sold in the grocery store spice aisle aren't an option?
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