Monday, December 27, 2010

Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract Review and Giveaway

I've always loved baking with vanilla. I love the smell and the extra flavoring it gives your food. 

Here are some fun facts I never knew about vanilla:

A few drops of vanilla in a can of paint will help eliminate unpleasant odors! 

A teaspoon or so of vanilla in Italian tomato sauces or Mexican chili helps cut the acidity of the tomatoes

In baking, cream the vanilla with the shortening or butter portion of the ingredients. The fat encapsulates the vanilla, preventing it from volatilizing in the baking process.

Vanilla extract is used by veteran fishermen to mask the smell of their hands so the fish won't detect them

"Nielsen-Massey Vanillas. The finest pure vanilla in the world!"
"How do we stake such a claim? It starts with a family dedicated to pure vanilla products since 1907. Add the finest vanilla beans available - hand-picked for perfection, and the process has begun. Next, an exclusive cold extraction process slowly and gently draws the delicate and distinctive flavor from the vanilla beans. The result is the finest pure vanilla in the world -- perfect for the home cook or the discriminating chef."

I received a bottle of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon pure vanilla extract to try out.


I loved using this vanilla! It smells so good and I could tell it was quality made. I made Christmas cookies with this vanilla and they turned out amazingly. I hoping to try out one of their great recipes here in the future and see what other creations this vanilla can make! When I run out of vanilla, I'm going to be sure and buy my vanilla from Nielsen-Massey. 

Giveaway: Now Ended

One lucky person is going to win the same thing I got for the review, a 2 fl oz bottle of Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract. 

Be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win!

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*Special thanks to Nielsen-Massey for providing products for the review and giveaway.  I was paid in no way for this review. This review is solely based on my own personal opinion. 






56 comments:

Jessica King said...

I learned that Vanilla is grown mainly in four countries, Madagascar, Indonesia, Mexico and Tahiti.

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Loved the fun facts section! Already knew about Dolly Madison, but I didn't know George Washington liked ice cream:-)

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sandyandcosmo said...

I learned that vanilla beans are hand-pollinated on family plantations.

JuliaA said...

The entire vanilla cultivation process, from planting to market, can take from five to six years!

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LeahB said...

I learned that Indonesia is the second largest producer of vanilla

Liza said...

I learned that vanilla (my favorite flavor!) was originally used only in combination with cacao.

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Amy said...

I did not realize there were different vanillas for different foods and recipes.

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Marija said...

I learned that vanilla beans are harvested once per year.

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Heidi said...

I learned that "the world’s finest and most consistent vanilla comes from Madagascar." I'd love to try some of it!

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Nupur said...

I love Neilsen Massey's vanilla and I love to bake so I use a lot of it! Thanks for the giveaway.

New thing that I learned: that "fold" is a unit of vanilla strength- how interesting.

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debisblog said...

I learned that Nielsen-Massey sells many other flavors of extract as well... and vanilla paste! MMMMM!

moonsword said...

I learned that all Nielsen-Massey products are gluten free.

Lisa Macomber said...

did not know that the plants are hand pollinated. And I am gonna remember the vanilla in the tomato thing, as I get older the acidity in tomatoes is just agreeing with me more and more...

Carmilla said...

I learned that it was first suggested to use vanilla as a flavoring all by itself in 1602 ^^


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oksana said...

I learned that It is the ancient Totonaco Indians of Mexico who were the first keepers of the secrets of vanilla. When they were defeated by the Aztecs, they were demanded to relinquish their exotic fruit of the Tlilxochitl vine, vanilla pods. Wow!!!

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Sarah said...

I learned there are difernt vanillas for diffrecnt things! "Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla is especially suited to rich foods such as ice cream and buttercream"

Megan: said...

I learned that the right kind of vanilla can even go in chili to bring out flavor! Wow!!

sleepwalker said...

The United States consumption of vanilla beans is approximately 1,200 tons per year! that really cool, i didnt know that.

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Stuff Parents Need said...

What a delicious giveaway! I enjoyed reading the "which vanilla do I use?" section, as that gives insight into the best use of their products so that you aren't just guessing.

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B. Wilson said...

I learned that there are 4 islands in the bourbon island group and that's where the vanilla is found.
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Madagascar is the largest producer of vanilla beans in the world.
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Leora said...

I learned that it can take 5 years to make vanilla using their cold extraction process!

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I learned that there are many different types of extract
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