Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I love to bake and cook with real vanilla and real vanilla beans. But are you like me and find these almost prohibitively expensive? I was going to make Creme Brulee and went to Safeway and one measly Vanilla Bean cost $12.95!!!!!!
Well, guess what. I solved the problem. UPS today delivered a package from a place I found on the Internet. I wanted to see it and check it first before I blogged it, but sure enough it's the real deal.
ONE POUND of fresh Tahitian Vanilla Beans for.................. (drumroll) $19.95! That's over ONE HUNDRED beans!
This place also sells Saffron although I haven't tried it yet.
You can order quantities less than a pound down to 2 oz. I believe as well as vanilla extract, vanilla powder, vanilla sugar, etc.
One bit of caution, when I went to the site and used the pull-down menu my McAfee anti virus warned me that it had blocked a Trojan. I immediately emailed the company and received a reply within 5 minutes, which I thought was impressive, and they told me they have their site scanned every day and that it was probably a false positive. I agree with them and when I ordered just didn't use the pull down menu.
For Vanilla Beans just click here.