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Question:

Could you please tell me what vanilla paste is as opposed to vanilla beans and vanilla extract.  If a recipe calls for one, can I substitute the other.  How would I do that? Thanks for your help. (12/13/07)


Answer: 

vanilla bean pastePure Vanilla Bean Paste
Information from Nielsen-Massey Vanillas, Inc.

Vanilla Bean Paste is pure vanilla with natural vanilla bean seeds in a unique, convenient, paste form that adds a gourmet appearance to any recipe. It matches vanilla extract in flavor, strength, and usage.

There is no trick to using vanilla bean paste as an alternative to extract or whole beans. Measure for measure, it is the same. One teaspoon of vanilla bean paste equals one vanilla bean or one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Use vanilla bean paste's thicker viscosity in icing, frostings, puddings, custards, ice cream, sauces like creme anglaise and sabayon. Vanilla bean paste is also ideal for savory sauces as well.

 

 

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