“ Brand: Silver Spoon / Type: Vanilla „
I was going to buy vanilla pods the other day for a recipe and was shocked by the price of them. Vanilla wasn't the main flavour of the recipe and I just couldn't bring myself to pay between £2.00 and £3.00 for one pod, so I thought vanilla extract would work just as well. I actually didn't even make what I was going to use it for, so I'm glad I didn't waste my money, but I have used this since. A 38ml plastic bottle of this costs just £1.04p which I think is a really good price considering I only ever use a couple of capfulls at the most in one go. The bottle has quite a pretty little design on it, and it is very small, so doesn't take up much space in my cupboard, which I am always grateful of. When you unscrew the cap, you are met with one of those tops with a tiny hole in, so that you can never pour too much into anything by mistake, this is very helpful for me as I am notoriously clumsy! It's very good for me to be able to measure out drops, rather than try and pour steadily. I also use the lid to measure it out in. The taste of this is very strong, and as it is extract not essence it does seem a bit harsher, and not as sweet as essence. I got a bit on my finger when I was using it, and did lick it off and on it's own it's not a pleasant taste, which I assume is because it's quite concentrated. I used one capful of this in a rhubarb crumble, which used about 400g of rhubarb, and you could taste a tiny subtle hint of vanilla which was really nice. I know that this will never give the same flavour as a pod, but for the sake of cost, I'm afraid I will go with this every time, unless it's a very special occasion. I would highly recommend it. It's only a small bottle but will last ages as it's quite potent. It lists the ingredients as Vanilla Extract Water Ethanol It is suitable for vegetarians.