Buy Vanilla Extract
Vanilla extract is the most common form of vanilla used today. It is versatile, easy to use and easy to store. Pure vanilla extract is made by macerating vanilla beans in a solution of alcohol and water to extract vanillin. Vanillin is the chemical compound found within the pods of the vanilla plant that gives vanilla extract its unique taste and fragrance.
Here at Vanillaetc we sell two different extracts – Premium and Gourmet
The Premium Extract is produced using the Supercritical Fluid Extraction method (SFE) using high pressure carbon dioxide as a solvent. This produces a highly concentrated, purer vanilla extract that is entirely alcohol free. The Premium Extract comes in two strengths, 200g/litre (2 fold) and 400g/litre (4 fold) flavour of the Premium Extract is virtually identical to the original flavour profile of the vanilla pod.
The Gourmet Extract is produced using the maceration method and is available in 300gr/kg(3 fold), with or without seeds. The seeds are an aesthetic addition and are used in recipes such as ice creams where their visibility adds authenticity and texture.
Recommended uses: the Premium Extract is particularly good for when you are making buttercream for your cakes as it imparts no colour, just a fantastic vanilla flavour. As a general rule of thumb, extracts are used in any liquid-based recipes.