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While the beans are a bit on the shorter side (~5" instead of 7 or 8"), the price is still great bargain. From my personal experience, it's ~10-12 of these beans per ounce.

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One side effect I've found about making my own vanilla is the beans stay hydrated while in alcohol. I'll just keep the beans steeping and never remove them when the vanilla is "done", instead pour out the liquid into smaller containers as I need it. I also will keep a minimum amount of vodka or rum in a container that has "used" beans in it. As a result, I can pull out beans as I need them and they're still well hydrated for scraping into recopies. i just used a couple of beans that have been steeping for over 3 years and they were perfectly fine. No scientific basis for this, but in addition to extracting flavor, the alcohol seems to act as a preservative.
Nope, put it in pressure cooker and it's ready instantly. Will still get better with age however.

They lost some crops a couple years ago, so that's why prices got so high. Good to see something coming down.
That's a good point. If anyone is buying these to make vanilla extract, just be aware the extraction process takes min 8 weeks to be usable and 6 months to properly finish. Bottles of extract will make great Christmas gifts 🤣

Yeah, it's been strange; my baker friend told me the vanilla bean paste she normally buys is half the price it was a year ago.

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Nice. Ordered. I know it's totally different but just FYI, Costco has 12oz vanilla extract for 11$. Was 20$+ a year ago
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Nice. Ordered. I know it's totally different but just FYI, Costco has 12oz vanilla extract for 11$. Was 20$+ a year ago
That's a good point. If anyone is buying these to make vanilla extract, just be aware the extraction process takes min 8 weeks to be usable and 6 months to properly finish. Bottles of extract will make great Christmas gifts 🤣

Yeah, it's been strange; my baker friend told me the vanilla bean paste she normally buys is half the price it was a year ago.
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Yeah, it's been strange; my baker friend told me the vanilla bean paste she normally buys is half the price it was a year ago.

Just wait until the holidays and the "shortages" for things people need/use around that time. Guarantee you all those prices at least double.
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Nice. Ordered. I know it's totally different but just FYI, Costco has 12oz vanilla extract for 11$. Was 20$+ a year ago
I had noticed that but didn't put it in my cart.
I'm not sure why.

But I will buy a bottle on my next Costco run.
Thanks for the reminder.
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I've never used fresh vanilla - anyone have a rough estimate on how long these last?
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I've never used fresh vanilla - anyone have a rough estimate on how long these last?
Technically they are dried. I've used it 5 years later. This is a really good price. If you let it sit too long the bean gets brittle and hard to scrape the insides out without cracking the bean. While I do use vanilla, I don't use this much in 5 years...
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That's a good point. If anyone is buying these to make vanilla extract, just be aware the extraction process takes min 8 weeks to be usable and 6 months to properly finish. Bottles of extract will make great Christmas gifts 🤣

Yeah, it's been strange; my baker friend told me the vanilla bean paste she normally buys is half the price it was a year ago.
Nope, put it in pressure cooker and it's ready instantly. Will still get better with age however.

They lost some crops a couple years ago, so that's why prices got so high. Good to see something coming down.
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I've never used fresh vanilla - anyone have a rough estimate on how long these last?
One side effect I've found about making my own vanilla is the beans stay hydrated while in alcohol. I'll just keep the beans steeping and never remove them when the vanilla is "done", instead pour out the liquid into smaller containers as I need it. I also will keep a minimum amount of vodka or rum in a container that has "used" beans in it. As a result, I can pull out beans as I need them and they're still well hydrated for scraping into recopies. i just used a couple of beans that have been steeping for over 3 years and they were perfectly fine. No scientific basis for this, but in addition to extracting flavor, the alcohol seems to act as a preservative.
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Nope, put it in pressure cooker and it's ready instantly. Will still get better with age however.

They lost some crops a couple years ago, so that's why prices got so high. Good to see something coming down.
Been using vodka for the extract, how does that work when you apply heat to alcohol? Doesn't it evaporate, or is high school chemistry failing me?
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Been using vodka for the extract, how does that work when you apply heat to alcohol? Doesn't it evaporate, or is high school chemistry failing me?
Sometimes you get a nice explosion that burns your house down! It's like a fun game.

Pressure cooking alcohol can generate ethanol vapor which is extremely flammable.

It's not a high likelihood, but I don't think it's worth the risk.

For vanilla extract I put my initial jars in a Sous Vide bath at 135 for 3 days. After that I let them sit for at least 6 months. It CAN be OK to use after the 3 days or any time after that, but it's best when it sits for a long time. Most of mine I let sit for a year before using and they are amazing; earlier than 6 months and it's just not as good IMO. I have about 8 gallons going at a time; I have a problem.

You can speed up the process if you grind up the beans before putting them in the alcohol; commercial extraction processes utilize ground beans, controlled heat, and constant motion.
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Been using vodka for the extract, how does that work when you apply heat to alcohol? Doesn't it evaporate, or is high school chemistry failing me?
You seal it in a Mason jar
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Nice. Ordered. I know it's totally different but just FYI, Costco has 12oz vanilla extract for 11$. Was 20$+ a year ago
These are grade A and doesn't work well for making vanilla extract. Grade B is usually recommended for vanilla extract due to their more robust flavoring.
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