Costco’s Pure Vanilla Extract

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Has anyone tried this vanilla extract? Vanilla extract is so expensive that I’ve been thinking about trying the one from Costco. I’m currently using Simply Organic Madagascar Pure Vanilla Extract. (I’ve also used Trader Joe’s brand of vanilla, and while I love most things TJ, I didn’t care for the vanilla.)
 

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No. We don't have a Costco around here. The closest one is over 60 miles one way. If you use a lot of vanilla, you might want to consider making your own. You can use vodka or bourbon to soak the vanilla beans. Rum would probably work too. It ends up cheaper in the long run and you know what's in it. Winchester Winchester makes her own.
 
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America’s Test Kitchen reviewed vanilla extracts. Believe it or not, Baker’s Vanilla Extract came in first place and you can find it at WM for less than $1.00 a bottle. I think it’s an 8-ounce bottle.

That being said, I make my own. A bottle of Grey Goose vodka and 15 vanilla beans. Split the beans in half lengthwise. Scrap each half with a sharp knife. Put the scrapings into the bottle of vodka, then add all 30 vanilla bean halves. I haven’t made it in a good year or so, but was getting my beans from Vanilla Traders on eBay. I don’t know if they’re still around. They had very nice beans at good prices.

Place the bottle back in a cabinet. Once a week or so, gently roll the bottle several times. Don’t shake it, just roll it. And then put it away again. Should be ready to use in 6 months or so. I also make a bourbon vanilla with a bottle bourbon. Both smell wonderful.

The bourbon vanilla is wonderful in pound cakes, custards, vanilla ice cream, etc. I use it in my bread pudding. The vodka vanilla works for chocolate recipes, cookies, and such.

You could use rum, too, I think. The smell of rum makes me physically ill, so I won’t use it.
 
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Thanks, Winchester Winchester . What size bottle of Grey Goose do you use?
 

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Thanks, Winchester Winchester . What size bottle of Grey Goose do you use?
It's a 750 ml bottle of Grey Goose. With 15 halved (30 halves) vanilla beans.
I also have Wild Turkey Bourbon. Also with 15 halved (30 halves) vanilla beans.

FWIW, Ina Garten has said that you don't need expensive vodka. I chose GG because I didn't know what to get.

Also, I don't measure my vanilla when baking anymore. I just give whatever I'm making a good dollop. :paperbag: I should measure; the stuff is probably like brown gold at this point!

What I have here is all that's left. It will get me through Christmas, but in January, I'll be looking for vanilla beans. And I'll have to think about the cost. Vanilla has become exorbitant. I have bought Penzey Double-Strength Vanilla and it's truly wonderful stuff. I can't afford it anymore.

Good luck! If you find a good place for beans, please let me know....I'm going to be looking around because I don't think Vanilla Traders is still on eBay.

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I went to Ebay and could not find Vanilla Traders. I went with vanilla.pods
They have 30 Madagascar Grade B beans, 3-4 inches long. $33.99.
I went ahead and ordered. They should be here by Saturday. I'll buy a new bottle of Grey Goose and Wild Turkey. If anybody knows another good brand of bourbon, please let me know.

If I start my vanilla now, it will be really nice in 6 months.

This is not as good as Vanilla Traders. They always had 5-6 inch beans. And they always sent free extra beans with every order.
But I understand that vanilla beans are very expensive. As much, in some cases, as almost $4 per bean.

I'll let you know what I get.
 

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I went to Ebay and could not find Vanilla Traders. I went with vanilla.pods
They have 30 Madagascar Grade B beans, 3-4 inches long. $33.99.
I went ahead and ordered. They should be here by Saturday. I'll buy a new bottle of Grey Goose and Wild Turkey. If anybody knows another good brand of bourbon, please let me know.

If I start my vanilla now, it will be really nice in 6 months.

This is not as good as Vanilla Traders. They always had 5-6 inch beans. And they always sent free extra beans with every order.
But I understand that vanilla beans are very expensive. As much, in some cases, as almost $4 per bean.

I'll let you know what I get.
Bulleit makes a very fine bourbon. Award-winning whiskey
 
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I went to Ebay and could not find Vanilla Traders. I went with vanilla.pods
They have 30 Madagascar Grade B beans, 3-4 inches long. $33.99.
I went ahead and ordered. They should be here by Saturday. I'll buy a new bottle of Grey Goose and Wild Turkey. If anybody knows another good brand of bourbon, please let me know.

If I start my vanilla now, it will be really nice in 6 months.

This is not as good as Vanilla Traders. They always had 5-6 inch beans. And they always sent free extra beans with every order.
But I understand that vanilla beans are very expensive. As much, in some cases, as almost $4 per bean.

I'll let you know what I get.
Have you used beans from Slofoodgroup? They sell on Amazon but also directly from a very nice website. They’re pricier per bean than those you bought, but they’re longer: 12-14 cm. or about 4.7-5.5 in. each. Their website also says you don’t have to use an expensive vodka.
 
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