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Why Ina Garten Doesn't Use Her Homemade Vanilla In Recipes

Chef Ina Garten is fond of treats that feature heady notes of vanilla. Not just any vanilla will do, and surprisingly, the good stuff includes even humble store-bought varieties.

When asked why she uses pre-bottled vanilla when she's known for having homemade jars of it, Garten said she doesn't like to assume that everyone has one stocked at all times.

Garten's go-to brand is Nielsen-Massey — namely for its high quality. It’s just a tad more costly than your average store brand, averaging about $19 for a four-ounce jar.

However, it does carry a variety of vanilla bean extracts, including Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, Uganda Pure Vanilla Extract, and Tahitian Pure Vanilla Extract.