Purchasing and using a vanilla bean opened my eyes to this thing of beauty. I ordered vanilla beans online, as they are not very readily available in stores. Zabiha Bites is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com. I am so glad that this halal issue was raised, because it led me to this spellbinding, thing of beauty! Just keep in mind that if you’re doing something to please God, then something as everyday as baking a cake becomes an act of worship. Foods with industrial alcohol, per the rulings of Ayatullah Seestani, can be consumed if the alcohol content is minute. Vanilla a Halal or Haram Product Vanilla is the most world prized flavor. Jazaki Allahu khairan for this very informative and beneficial piece on vanilla beans. Thank you so much for your comment… it means a lot. May Allah advance you in your work for the sake of Allah. Thank You …, Aoa Vanilla beans come in vacuum sealed packages or glass vials to preserve their freshness. Same goes for high quality honey, extra virgin olive oil, etc. These are the best kind to use for cooking/baking. It is a win – win situation both in this life ( by enjoying the flavor and reaping the health benefits) and in the Hereafter ( paradise) insha-Allah, ameen. Find out more about how we use your information in our Privacy Policy and Cookie Policy. Vanilla beans are long, thin, dark brown beans, that have a moist, velvety exterior. Without fail, every single time that I use it, I marvel at this wondrous creation of Allah’s! Cakes, pies, cookies, breads, tarts, the list is endless. aoa, What to do if your vanilla bean dries out: You can rehydrate the bean in warm water. Thank you for your kind words, Aasia! I do realize that giving up vanilla extract is a big decision. Try it for this extremely enriching experience… touch and feel this enthralling example of God’s creation! I love how you related it to eating that which is pure and good. Some time ago, I discovered that vanilla extract is haram so I stopped using it in my baking. Other than vanilla bean pods, you can also Vanilla Bean Paste – its basically vanilla in a paste form with vanilla bean specks in it – no alcohol – and it smells divine .. its much easier than using a vanilla bean .. you can get it from king arthur flour -http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/vanilla-bean-paste-4-oz – they also have lots of other flavors which don’t have alcohol in them .. I have become more conscious and concerned about where the food or ingredient is coming from. Here is another bloggers link, she makes it and seems very happy with the result: http://frugalliving.about.com/od/makeyourowningredients/r/How-To-Make-Non-alcoholic-Vanilla-Extract.htm, All the best, love your blog! Some recipes, especially custards, may also call for simmering the entire bean in the sauce. They are easy to use and cheaper than extract- why? There is always vanillin, which is artificial vanilla, but I also have another far, far superior option- using real vanilla beans! I just use a ziplock bag. Aoa, Sahar, there is a hyper link on the post which will take you to the page where I buy them from. Once while shopping for groceries, I thought that it’s possible that a name brand will be more ‘pure’ than the generic vanilla extract that I’m buying. It has only been a couple of years for me baking but I have reaped many yummy desserts. Welcome to my zabiha world! It is obtained from the beans of a tropical vine of genus vanilla. But to be fair, for most people, the initial reaction is always resistance. If the only option I had of putting vanilla flavor in my desserts was through vanilla extract, then possibly, I would be more open to going ahead and using it, using the ‘negligible quantity’ excuse. It is used in almost all sweet baked goods in the market. Nos partenaires et nous-mêmes stockerons et/ou utiliserons des informations concernant votre appareil, par l’intermédiaire de cookies et de technologies similaires, afin d’afficher des annonces et des contenus personnalisés, de mesurer les audiences et les contenus, d’obtenir des informations sur les audiences et à des fins de développement de produit. I don’t want to deal with storing a wet bean and it catching mold. The best quality Madagascar vanilla beans are moist, plump and pliable and they have a strong, rich aroma. The Unknown Chef. And that’s ok. With time, ideas and opinions can change. Currently, there is a lot of praise for apple cider vinegar (ACV). Is Vanilla Extract Halal? And spread the pure, halal goodness! Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. You can also store them in air tight glass jars or purchase glass vials made for storing vanilla beans at beanilla.com. If you’re making a smoothie or a milkshake using a high speed blender, you can just chop the bean up and use the whole thing. They will be wrinkled but not cracked. These are suitable for making extract, but are not preferred for cooking. These seeds are scraped out and added to desserts. Win, win, win, win! Browse for great restaurants or find your favorite recipes. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. Do give vanilla beans a try! May Allah reward you immeasurably, ameen. I started checking the ingredients which were more or less the same, but they all contained a large percentage of alcohol. May Allah always protect you and your family, ameen. This also imparts the vanilla flavor into the dish. I buy my vanilla beans from Amazon with free shipping! So, I can’t purchase alcohol to make it, but I’ll go and buy a bottle of extract and that’s OK? But when we have a much better substitute in vanilla beans, can’t we at least switch to those at home? Jazaki Allahu khairan for giving me the idea of using orange and lemon/lime rinds. Informations sur votre appareil et sur votre connexion Internet, y compris votre adresse IP, Navigation et recherche lors de l’utilisation des sites Web et applications Verizon Media. Scrape the dark seeds out and use as required. We have to be wary of other things too like shampoo, soap, cosmetics etc. Yahoo is part of Verizon Media. Vanilla beans are not something that only chefs can use and rich people can afford. So usually those recipes that call for vanilla extract, I’ll make them but minus the vanilla extract. Ok. You can also stick a used bean into a jar of sugar to make vanilla sugar that you can use in desserts. So that constitutes it haram. But since I learnt about how extract is made, I decided to see what life would be like without it. Because of food allergies in the family, and our own zabiha lifestyle, it’s become a habit to read labels for just about every single thing that I buy. (Contains 6 tsp). Yahoo fait partie de Verizon Media. I read up on how to use and store them, and started using them. Kids love it… it’s exotic, warm, rich, and the aroma that the bean leaves on your hands after you use it…!!!!! Alcohol is haram, as you know, but the amount in an extract's typical quantity used would be deemed halal. To use, take a bean and split it open with a sharp knife. Well, vanilla beans are the best when it comes to vanilla flavor, they are halal, affordable and anyone can use them. Vanilla extract, as I understand, is made using grain or ethyl alcohol which is an industrial alcohol and doesn't fall into the category of liquor (i.e., wine, beer, whiskey, etc). Vous pouvez modifier vos choix à tout moment dans vos paramètres de vie privée. You can click here to see buying options on Amazon. Masha-Allah you write beautifully. Something about this reasoning doesn’t sit well with me. may i plz know from where u got these madagascar vanilla pods online ? I came across this controversy quite by accident, and I have to admit that I didn’t have the least idea about it before last year. 9 years ago. Baking or flavoring vanilla extract is not deemed an intoxicant in Islamic law. Lv 7. Didn’t occur to me when I was writing this post. The best furniture, TV, car, clothes. Vanilla is arguably the world’s favorite flavoring! I am an avid baker especially when it comes to desserts. Apparently works very well and I plan to make some soon- the vg is in the cupboard and all ready to go! More importantly, I have become more concerned with halal food issues. Just in case you didn’t know, vanilla extract can be made without alcohol, you use vegetable glycerine for extraction. The beans at harvest do not have the characteristic vanilla fragrance but requires curing processes to obtain the vanilla fragrance.

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