Vanilla Beans & Pure Vanilla Extract
Vanilla beans are actually pods (like peas) of the growing form of climbing orchids of the genus Vanilla. The Parsley Porch sells the 2 most common species of vanilla beans. Vanilla planifolia beans are sometimes called “Madagascar” beans because that is where many are grown. They are the most common vanilla beans used by the corporate sources for vanilla extract. Thus, their flavor is easily recognized by most people. Vanilla tahitiensis which are grown in Tahiti and other Pacific islands are wider with superb aroma and bouquet prized by pastry chefs. BOTH species are terrific and The Parsley Porch uses BOTH in making our pure vanilla extract, which is one product that our loyal customers rave about. Like saffron, vanilla beans are labor intensive making them the 2nd most expensive spice, right behind saffron. In the USA, vanilla flavor is not prized among the average person because we grow up with so much ARTIFICIAL vanilla flavoring in cheap vanilla ice cream and soft serve, which we cover with chocolate, cherries and a variety of other toppings. Gourmet chefs in the finest restaurants and people who make homemade vanilla ice cream know that vanilla beans provide an exquisite flavor opportunity that is absolutely top shelf.
Since it is a lot of work to separate the seeds inside the vanilla pods and since vanillin, the chemical with the flavor, dissolves in alcohol most people turn to pure vanilla extract. There is a LEGAL formula and recipe that one must follow in order to call it PURE VANILLA EXTRACT. Customers often ask me “How many vanilla beans should I buy to make extract?” I tell them it is not a number because vanilla beans can vary greatly in size. 10 big beans can WEIGH more than 2x as much 10 small beans. Thus, the most consistent way measure vanilla beans is by WEIGHT. The recipe: 13.35 oz. vanilla beans in 1 gallon 35% ethyl alcohol for a minimum of 60 days = PURE vanilla extract. The Parsley Porch uses 80 proof vodka = 40% ethyl alcohol and our beans percolate in the vodka for AT LEAST 6 months and up to a year. We go beyond the minimum that the law requires. National brands make good extract. The Parsley Porch makes BETTER pure vanilla extract. We put a bean in every bottle of vanilla that we sell. We put TWO beans in every bottle of TWO FOLD. TWICE the weight (26.7 oz) per gallon of 35% ethyl alcohol means it is TWICE as strong so you use ½ as much.
$14 / 5 oz. bottle of Parsley Porch Pure Vanilla Extract is a top shelf bargain…$19 / 5 oz. of TWO FOLD just may be our “Best Buy”.
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