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Has anyone ordered vanilla beans from AMADEUS VANILLA BEANS? Highly
Joined: Dec 12, 2005
Posted to Thread #30169 at 1:43 pm on Mar 17, 2018
recommended by Trish Boyle in her "FLAVORFUL" pastry book.
I own a couple of Trish's books and trust her recipes. Only...there are SO many different kinds of vanilla beans these days.
Let's start with what is available locally to me:
Ingles McCormick sells one bean = $6.95
Walmart own brand had one organic bean = $11.98
Neiman-Massey one bean = $10.51 (through Walmart online).
I have no idea what's available in Asheville.
Now look at what Amadeus offers:
Buy UGANDA GOLD (TM) Vanilla Beans
Buy Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Beans
Buy Extract Vanilla Beans (for Making Home Made Vanilla Extract)
Buy Papua New Guinea Vanilla Beans
Buy Tahitian Gourmet Vanilla Beans
Buy Pure Ground Vanilla Beans
Buy Indonesia Vanilla Beans
Buy India Vanilla Beans
I am totally confused now. Last time I bought in bulk, I bought 15 Madagascar off Amazon years ago and then promptly lost them for two years. I finally used the last one because I doled them out like gold and only in a recipe where flavors are mute and the vanilla would shine. Now I SWEAR every single book I'm reading now uses vanilla beans for everything. Seriously. Are ingredients considered a TAX write-off when a chef is writing a book? One Asheville barbeque cookbook tossed one in BAKED BEANS!
There is a discount for buying more than one pound, but one pound is ~$400 for ??? beans plus free shipping.
There is NO UNIVERSE in which I'm spending $400 on vanilla beans when I'm donating all of my pastries anyway. Even with free shipping.
Many of their items are "OUT OF STOCK", but I'm considering just buying 5 beans for company desserts. 5 for $25 +S/H, so that extra cost might cancel it out.
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