Sung in the tune of “Bottles of Beer on the wall“: One hundred seventy six vanilla beans on the counter, one hundred seventy six vanilla beans! Split one down stuff it in sugar, one hundred and seventy five vanilla beans on the counter…
My package of eBay vanilla arrived the other day. I had forgotten I had bid on one pound of the stuff, so I was surprised at the postal brick lofted at me by Sweets. I had won an auction for one pound of 5 – 6 inch organic tahitian vanilla beans (I’m really restraining from shouting this… its that incredible!). My local stores sell 6-7 inch beans for $4 a piece, and these were won at $14.25 plus $6 S&H. Everyone is getting lewd ginger bread cookies and vanilla beans for Christmas this year!
The beans arrived wrapped in three layers of plastic wrap- which still didn’t prevent the house from smelling like vanilla. Oddly enough the smell isn’t that great. With that much vanilla,the aroma is almost plastic-like… kind of reminiscent of cigars… but definitely just like my Angel Food Cake Strawberry Shortcake Doll (who unfortunatley gave me migraines)!
The beans are thick, plump and waxy. Not a dried up one in the bunch. Though there are a couple under 5 inches in length. Turns out that tahitian beans reportedly contain only a small amount of vanillin, when compaired to bourbon beans. Very high quality beans often exhibit a powdery white crystal on the bean surface (the vanillin crystallized) .
I’m using this post to organize and gather whole vanilla bean ideas. Feel free to help me out with ideas (non-edible too… you know, like shampoo…).
- - vanilla bean paste: 1Tbs = 1 bean: Dry the beans out, grind them in a spice grinder then mix them with light corn syrup enough to make a paste.
- - 1 whole vanilla bean = 2 – 3 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- - vanilla oil
- - vanilla liqueur: vodka, sugar, vanilla
- - straight up vodka and vanilla beans
- - bourbon and vanilla beans
- - tincture of vanilla
How do I love thee Vanilla… let me count the ways…