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Vanilla Bean Paste

Vanilla bean paste is a versatile, flavor-rich alternative to using whole vanilla beans or extracts in culinary applications. It is made from the seeds and pod of the vanilla bean, combined with a syrup or sugar base, resulting in a thick, rich paste with a deep, sweet aroma and the characteristic specks of vanilla seeds. Vanilla bean paste offers a gourmet touch to various recipes, such as ice creams, custards, and baked goods, elevating their flavor and visual appeal. Being highly concentrated, a small amount of vanilla bean paste goes a long way in enhancing flavors, making it a popular choice among home cooks and bakers. It conveniently blends well with batters and doughs without altering their consistency, and its shelf life is generally longer than that of a whole bean. Vanilla bean paste is an excellent ingredient for those who desire an authentic, intensified vanilla profile in their homemade confections.
#10
IN EXTRACTS
300
CAL / 100G
$3.76
AVG / OZ
vanilla bean paste
100%
CARBS
0%
FAT
0%
PROTEIN
Vanilla Bean Paste FAQ
Vanilla bean paste is a versatile ingredient often used as an alternative to vanilla essence or whole vanilla beans. Its rich flavour and gourmet visual appeal make it popular among cooks and bakers. Unlike vanilla extract, it doesn't contribute excess liquid to recipes, ensuring that the consistency is unaffected. However, it can be quite sticky and drippy, making it a bit tricky for first-time users. To get the most out of using vanilla bean paste, make sure to measure it using a dry spoon or spatula to avoid waste. If your recipe calls for vanilla extract and you want to use paste instead, remember that vanilla paste is stronger, so you might want to use a bit less than the amount of extract suggested.
Can I use vanilla bean paste instead of vanilla extract?
What is the difference between vanilla extract and vanilla bean paste?
Why is vanilla bean paste so thick?
Is vanilla bean paste stronger than vanilla extract?
How can I measure vanilla bean paste without wasting?
Do I need to adjust my recipe if I'm using vanilla bean paste instead of extract?
Why does vanilla bean paste have black specks?
Can vanilla bean paste be used in cold desserts?
Is Vanilla Bean Paste alcoholic?
What desserts are best to show off the specks in Vanilla Bean Paste?
Expiration & Storage Tips
When does vanilla bean paste expire?
Unopened: Most brands of vanilla bean paste can remain fresh and flavorful for about 2-3 years if kept unopened. However, it's always best to check the 'best before' date on the packaging. It doesn't necessarily mean the paste has expired, but the taste may not be as potent. Opened: After opening, it's best to use the paste within 6 months to 1 year for optimal flavor. It may not spoil for a while longer, but the flavor can gradually diminish. Frozen: While freezing isn't always recommended for vanilla bean paste due to potential changes in consistency, if you do freeze it, it can extend its life for up to a year.
How do you tell if vanilla bean paste is bad?
Vanilla bean paste will start to lose its strong vanilla scent when it's past its best, and it might also lose some of its rich, deep color. If it's gone bad, you may notice mold or a funky, off-smell. Also, if there are any changes in the texture such as it becoming too runny or lumpy, it's potential signs that it has gone bad.
Tips for storing vanilla bean paste to extend shelf life
• Store in a cool, dark, dry place like a pantry or a cabinet away from the stove or oven. • Always tightly seal the jar after every use to prevent exposure to air and moisture. • It's crucial to use clean, dry spoons when scooping out the paste from the jar to prevent introducing any bacteria into it. • If you decided to freeze it, portion it out in an ice cube tray. This way, you can easily pop out and thaw the amount you need for your recipe, preventing unnecessary thaw and refreeze cycles of the entire paste.
EXPIRES WITHIN
2 - 3.6
YEARS
Health Info
Macros
2g
CARBS
0g
FAT
0g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
KETO
PALEO
WHOLE 30
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
VEGAN
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
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