Pure Vanilla. Pure Flavor.


with Stephanie Bullen
Chief Flavor Advisor
November 17, 2016
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Pure Vanilla. Pure Flavor.

Vanilla is a popular flavor around the world, so it's likely that you have it in your pantry. From whole beans to extracts and vanilla-infused sugars, there are many ways to add a touch of this classic flavor to your favorite dishes and baked goodies. But not all vanilla extracts are created equally. At Savory Spice, we are committed to carrying only the highest quality vanilla products. We use a unique, environmentally friendly Cold Extraction Process to produce high quality vanilla extracts that capture the rich flavor of our vanilla beans.

Using vanilla beans that are grown, sun cured, and inspected by hand in the premier growing regions of Tahiti, Mexico and Madagascar, our 100% cold extraction process keeps the delicate, natural flavor of the beans intact.

Vanilla beans have a multidimensional flavor profile with approximately 300 identifiable flavor components. The high heat extraction methods that other companies often use to quickly mass produce extracts can destroy the complex flavor and aroma of the beans, resulting in a weak and watered-down product. Other companies add sugar to their extracts to supplement this flavor loss. We do not. Our vanilla extracts do not contain any added sugar.

Using our Cold Extraction Process, we are able to capture the full bodied richness of the beans. Though this process requires that we produce our extracts in smaller batches which takes more time, the flavor it produces is much more concentrated than the mass-produced, over-processed alternatives. Savory Spice extracts have such powerful, pure flavor, you only need to use a small amount to make a huge flavor impact.

Social Commitment
We are proud to work with companies that are committed to social responsibility and promoting sustainable farming practices. Our vanilla partners have implemented initiatives to build wells in vanilla farming communities, increasing easy access to clean drinking water.

Vanilla BeansVanilla Types
Vanilla is categorized based on where the vanilla beans were grown. We carry vanilla beans and vanilla products from three regions:

  • Madagascar: The most common type used worldwide with a rich, classic vanilla flavor.
  • Tahiti: These wider, flatter beans produce a more floral flavor.
  • Mexico: Similar to vanilla from Madagascar, it has a mellow, smooth quality and a spicy, woody fragrance that pairs well with cinnamon and other spices.

Vanilla Products
While vanilla extracts are popular, there are many products that can add a touch of vanilla flavor, each with its own unique qualities and uses.

Vanilla Extract
As you might have learned from experience when you were a kid, vanilla extract smells divine but doesn't taste quite as good as it smells, at least not on its own. Where the flavor of vanilla extract really shines is in the finished product - after sugar, salt, and fat (like cream, butter, or egg yolks) have been added.

  • Smell: Sweet and strong vanilla scent
  • Taste: On its own, bitter alcohol base flavor. In finished dishes, robust vanilla flavor.

Vanilla Powder
Vanilla powder is a good alternative for people who can't use vanilla extract (vanilla extract legally must contain alcohol as the carrier for the flavor). While there is a moderate vanilla scent, tasting a small amount on its own won't provide much flavor. Like vanilla extract, the flavor really shines through when you add sugar, salt, and fat (cream, butter, or egg yolks). When added to drinks, the flavor tends to be subtle but does have that distinctive vanilla note. For this reason, vanilla powder really shouldn't be called "vanilla flavoring" as it is more of an ingredient in something than a strong taste on its own.

  • Smell: Slightly sweet, moderate vanilla scent.
  • Taste: Subtle vanilla flavor with no sweetness.

Vanilla Paste
Vanilla paste incorporates the "flecks" of the vanilla bean on a syrupy sugar base. The sugar in this product helps carry the vanilla flavor, so this product has that "classic" and familiar flavor that we think of as being real vanilla flavor. It can be used in the same way as vanilla extract but, because it has a sweetness on its own, can shine in applications where the bitter, alcohol flavor of vanilla extract may be off-putting (like drinks and yogurt).

  1. Smell: Sweet and heavy vanilla scent.
  2. Taste: Sweet with distinctive vanilla flavor.

Vanilla Bean Sugar
Vanilla bean sugar has been infused with both vanilla extract and beans for a robust vanilla flavor in every granule of sugar. We carry four varieties of vanilla bean sugar - classic, peppermint, lavender, and spiced. Each is delicious on its own, but they can also be used in just about anything - from coffee and tea to cereal or desserts - though the vanilla flavor will be slightly milder in baked goods compared to the more concentrated flavor of vanilla extract.

  • Smell: Classic vanilla scent.
  • Taste: Sweet, with mild/moderate vanilla flavor throughout.

Check out our complete selection of vanilla products and recipes that use vanilla. Have a great vanilla recipe that you love? Submit your original recipe to our test kitchen so we can share it with our Savory friends and family!

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