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I recently picked up a jar of vanilla bean paste. If a recipe calls for one vanilla bean, what's the appropriate amount of paste to sub?

asked by Kayb over 5 years ago
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added over 5 years ago

Oooh, love vanilla bean paste! One teaspoon equals one bean.

I think I've read that vanilla bean paste can be subbed in equal amounts for vanilla extract, but I find that to be too strong.. usually 1/2 tsp. paste for 1 tsp. extract is perfect to me.

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added over 5 years ago

I've not seen the paste. What is it, ground bean in some sort of vehicle?

B57f0d84 e68a 4546 b0f1 0eab88646c5c  ozoz profile
added over 5 years ago

Generally when a recipe calls for vanilla extract, 1/2 the amount of vanilla powder or paste should be used. Now I would definitely say a vanilla bean was about 3/4s of a teaspoon or a scant teaspoon though I've never used or made the paste. The powder and extract - yes. http://www.kitchenbutterfly...

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added over 5 years ago

Neilson-Massey makes vanilla bean paste. It says on the jar that 1 tablespoon of vanilla bean paste equals 1 whole vanilla bean or 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.

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added over 5 years ago

ah, you're right, Soozll.. one tbsp = one bean. I was stuck on the equivalent of paste to extract.. I still think the paste about twice as strong as the extract, but that might be personal preference.

B0f2c3df 9bf7 43fc 8544 eb75ba85a60e  kay at lake
added over 5 years ago

Thanks, all!