I get a lot of requests to bring back some affordable vanilla extract when I go to Oaxaca every year. The water based, very cheap extract for sale there is very weak and, well, watery. I don't like it and don't trust it. Instead I buy some super primo vanilla beans even though they are pricey at 12 for 20$ in the city. Probably half that price where they're grown near the coast. An easier to grow and much more productive criollo variety is cheap in coffee growing regions, but poorly processed and weaker in flavor. Alcohol is impossible to buy here in Canada so I can't make a good extract, and just use the beans in small doses to flavor milkshakes, for baking, in aging liquor in oak barrels, and sometimes to flavor a pot of coffee.
peterz wrote: We get ours in Los Algadones, Mexico. It is easy to pick up when driving
there for prescription drug deals.
This is one of our ministries with our church, we take seniors across
the border so they can stock up on meds at reasonable prices. A litre of
vanilla costs about $2.00 - 3.00 US in Mexico.
If you buy a gallon? jug it is even cheaper per unit.
There are several brands. all with Spanish labels, so I have no clue how
it is processed, only that there is dark and white vanilla, and all the
brands taste slightly different.
It has more vanilla flavor than Madagascan, and is not as flowery.
Again I am no expert, but I know it tastes better than the vanilla
extract sold in the supermarket here, and the price is just great. Lots
cheaper than extract!
If anyone wants to try some I can get some next trip and we can work out
how to send it etc. We usually go once a month.
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