Organic Madagascar Vanilla Beans - Grade A

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  • Organic Madagascar Vanilla Beans - Grade A
  • Organic Madagascar Vanilla Beans - Grade A
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Madagascar Vanilla Beans (Grade A) by OliveNation take your baking and flavoring to the highest level. Gourmet cooks and bakers know the rich aroma and taste vanilla extract adds to a recipe. But, if you want to add the purest vanilla flavor, try baking with these beans. The tiny flecks characteristic of natural Vanilla Beans come from the seed pods, filled with tiny seeds. Our premium plump and fragrant Madagascar Vanilla Beans are bursting with true vanilla flavor.

Our vanilla beans are imported from Madagascar and have distinctive flavor and aroma. The vanilla orchid goes through a pain-staking process that ensures that each cured seed pod produces the fabulous sweet flavor that chefs love.

How many Vanilla Beans are there in 1/4 lb, 1/2 lb, 1 lb

The vanilla bean counts by weight vary a lot depending on the batch of beans and the time of year. As a general rule, 1/4 lb has 23-27 beans included, 1/2 lb has 45-55 beans and 1 lb can have 90-110 vanilla beans included depending on the time of the year

Note: Actual counts of beans by weight vary widely from batch to batch. If you require a specific count of beans, we recommend that you choose one of the specific bean count options (5,10, 16, 25, 50 beans)

How to Use

When your cake or ice cream recipe calls for one teaspoon of vanilla extract, substitute one vanilla pod. You can also use whole beans and seeds to make  our own delicious vanilla sugar. Cover rinsed and dried natural vanilla pods in 2 cups of granulated or confectioner's sugar for 2-3 weeks. The vanilla sugar can be used to sweeten espresso and lattes or in cookie and cake recipes.

How to Prepare

Lay the bean flat on wax paper on a clean cutting surface. Gently slice from the center towards each end. Carefully open the split bean and scrape the delicate seeds with a knife blade. Opening the seed pod before placing it in a liquid exposes more of the bean's surface, intensifying the natural flavors.

Optional: Soften the bean before opening by steaming for up to 2 minutes.

How to Store

To keep your beans fresh, store them in an air-tight container. In general, there is no need to refrigerate or freeze madagascar beans. However, this may be necessary for a couple of very hot weeks in the summer months.

How to Make Vanilla Extract

The ingredients are 3-5 beans, a cup of vodka or alcohol, glass jar or bottle. Split the beans as described above. Put the vanilla pods in the glass jar and cover completely with the vodka or alcohol. Make sure the lid is air-tight. Keep aside in a cool dark place for 6-8 weeks. Give the jar a good shake once a week.

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General FAQs about Madagascar Vanilla Beans

How to Prepare Vanilla Beans?

Place the Madagascar vanilla bean on a wax paper or a clean flat cutting surface. Carefully slice from the center towards each end and open the split bean. Gently scrape the seeds with a knife.

How to Use Madagascar Vanilla Beans?

Substitute one teaspoon of vanilla extract with one vanilla pod. You can also use whole beans to make vanilla sugar that can be used to sweeten lattes and espresso or in cake and cookie recipes.

How to Store Vanilla Beans?

Keep your beans fresh by storing them in an air-tight container. It may also help to refrigerate or freeze Madagascar beans during the hot summers.

How to Make Vanilla Extract from Vanilla Beans?

Put the vanilla pods in an air-tight glass jar and cover completely with the alcohol or vodka. Keep it aside in a cool dark place for 6-8 weeks. Give the jar a good shake once a week.

Should You Buy Vanilla Beans in Bulk?

Buying vanilla beans in bulk can certainly help you save time and money. We also offer a special discount for wholesale purchases and bulk orders.

Do You Offer Special Prices for Buying Vanilla Beans in Bulk?

We have the best prices for bulk purchases and orders of Madagascar vanilla beans. We also have a special wholesale program for our customers.

PLEASE NOTE: This product is intended for culinary uses only: cooking, baking, and other human food applications.

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Bourbon Madagascar Vanilla Beans* *Certified Organic
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646 Reviews

  • 5


    Posted by Shannon on Mar 20th 2021

    Amazing flavor great price

  • 5


    Posted by Katie on Jun 2nd 2020

    Smooth tasting. Rich without over powering. I love it!

  • 5

    Madagascar Vanilla Beans

    Posted by Chefbea on Mar 12th 2020

    These beans arrived in a quick time frame and was able to use them in the recipe for which I needed them. They are beautifully scented as vanilla beans would be. Their aroma and seeds impart the most delightful and delicious sense of taste and smell possible. Just delightful and I would definitely purchase again and again. Thank you for such a lovely product.

  • 3

    Vanilla beans

    Posted by Becky on Feb 13th 2020

    I’ve ordered before, and I still have 3 from my first order years ago and they were huge. Not the case now. My current order arrived and I was shocked! They were so small! The price was 4 times what I paid before, and the beans so much smaller and not as plump. Very disappointed.

  • 5

    Vanilla Beans

    Posted by Elizabeth Duckworth on Jan 29th 2019

    I use, and love all things vanilla but I only buy the beans now 1 or 2 at a time, they are so expensive! I push a bean down into my gallon container of white sugar and I have vanilla scented sugar for a year, even after refills of sugar, for at least a year!

  • 5

    Best vanilla beans

    Posted by Lisa W. on Nov 13th 2018

    I use these to make homemade vanilla extract. The price to make it is so much less than buying the extract from a typical grocery store and the flavor difference makes it completely worth the up-front price and the time used to make. I highly recommend these vanilla beans. They have excellent flavor and aroma.

  • 1

    Madagascar Vanilla Beans

    Posted by Unknown on Oct 6th 2018

    These are the worst vanilla beans I've ever had. They have a metal aftertaste. I just ruined two batches of kahlua by putting them in it! I've purchased vanilla beans from another online company and they were amazing! Thought I would give yours a try........terrible idea. Won"t waste a good deal of money on them again. Wish i would have only bought one instead of 50!

  • 5

    Madagascar Vanilla Beans

    Posted by on Sep 13th 2018

    Looks good. Making extract from them.

  • 5

    madagascar vanilla beans

    Posted by Sara on Aug 30th 2018

    They smell heavenly!

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