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What can I make with a lot of vanilla?

post #1 of 13
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What can I make with a lot of vanilla?

I have a half gallon of vanilla bean paste that was sent to me by mistake.

What can I make with it?

Are there any recipes that call for like a cup or half cup of vanilla?
post #2 of 13
Only things I can think of ,are a load of things made from vanilla. Save it , the value of it keeps going up, as as far as I know, it wont go bad.:talk:
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post #3 of 13
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It actually has an expiration date of 5/12/10 on it, but I also thing it will probably be usable after that date.
post #4 of 13
You could use some of it to make vanilla sugar to always keep on hand. I find it useful for a lot of things but guests especially love it if I serve it alongside coffee.

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post #5 of 13
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How do you do that with liquid vanilla?

Won't that dissolve the sugar and then it will be a clump once the liquid evaporates?
post #6 of 13
Vanilla sugar is best made using whole vanilla beans.

Vanilla paste has a much more intense flavor than vanilla extract. It can be used to make vanilla ice cream or vanilla butter cream frosting. It would also be great for producing sauces like creme anglaise or sabayon.

The paste will be speckled with the black specks of vanilla, giving your product visual appeal as well as flavor.
post #7 of 13
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Ah, your right, I actually have 1 qt of the extract and 1 qt of the paste, il ltry making panna cotta or creme brulee with the paste.
post #8 of 13
Wonder if it could be broken down into half pint jars and frozen? My foodvac has the mason jar sealer so I could also put it under a vacuum.
post #9 of 13
You're right you can't make it with vanilla extract, but I thought you said you had vanilla paste. I've never worked with it but I assume that you can mix it in with the sugar, probably in a food processor and it will keep well.

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post #10 of 13
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I have both the paste and the extract, the paste is more of a liquid too though, and it appears to have the viscosity of 10W-40 motor oil.
post #11 of 13
I don't think so.

You make vanilla sugar by putting bean pods in the sugar and letting the aroma molecules (volatile oils) permeate the sugar -- takes a few weeks at least before the sugar gets up to speed. Anyway, it's dry into dry.

Vanilla paste is like tar. Mixing it with sugar would just make a big mess.

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post #12 of 13
BDL is 100% correct. If you added them both together (sugar and paste) the only thing you would have is a full garbage can.
Only way is vanilla pods.. Freeze the paste .:bounce:
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post #13 of 13
Send me some now is what you can do with it :)

Rather than cooking - put some in a neutral oil and use in an aromatherapy type oil burner. Gives the house a great smell. Rub a smear on the inside of your fridge, makes a good deodouriser.

When serving coffee with whipped cream - add a small portion into the cream - yum!
Add to icecream for a double vanilla hit.
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