Pure Vanilla Extract
All the vanilla beans used to produce Silver Cloud's vanilla products, except our Pure Mexican Vanilla Extract, are grown exclusively on the Silver Cloud Estates in the beautiful Nilgiri, or Blue Mountains of Southern India. Since we grow all our vanilla beans we have tremendous control over the quality of the vanilla products we sell. It enables us to guarantee that the products are natural and produced in an eco-friendly manner. No child labor is ever used to plant, grow, pollinate, harvest or process any of our products.
In the last five years, Silver Cloud Estates has become one of the largest growers of vanilla beans (Vanilla planifolia) in the world. The estate's elevation, rich soil and climate offer the ideal growing conditions for this tropical orchid and the plants have thrived. Today, over 100,000 plants are intercropped with tea, coffee, black pepper, cardamom and other spices.
The vanilla beans grown on the estate are high in natural vanillin; typically much higher than the beans grown in Madagascar, Papua New Guinea or Tahiti. Vanillin, gives vanilla extract much (but not all) of its characterizing flavor and aroma. The high vanillin content of our beans means our Pure Vanilla Extract contains approximately 0.24% vanillin. Most other "Bourbon" quality extracts have a vanillin content of only 0.18 - 0.20%. As a result, our Pure Vanilla Extract is stronger and does not need added sugar, glycerin or corn syrup to enhance its pure and natural flavor.
Our Pure Vanilla Extract is manufactured in accordance with the U.S. standard of identify. Vanilla is the only flavor that has a standard of identity. This means, by law vanilla extract can only contain certain ingredients to be labeled as pure. The standard of identity requires 13.35 ounces of cured, cut vanilla beans (with a moisture content not greater than 25.00%) be used per gallon of finished extract. The extract must contain a minimum 35.00% alcohol by volume. Glycerin, water and corn syrup are allowed, but not required under the standard of identity for pure vanilla extract.
We invite you to try Silver Cloud's Vanilla Beans, Pure Vanilla Extracts, Vanilla Bean Paste and Vanilla Sugar. We believe if you do you will recognize them as among the finest vanilla products produced anywhere in the world.
Pure Vanilla Extract 3 - Fold
A fold is a relative measure of strength. Silver Cloud's Pure Vanilla Extract 3 - Fold has approximately three times the strength of our Pure Vanilla Extract. While pure vanilla extract uses 13.35 ounces of vanilla beans per gallon of extract, a three fold requires 40.05 ounces of beans per gallon of extract.
Three fold vanillas are typically used by food processors. Besides being stronger, they have a much fuller, richer flavor. Silver Cloud’s Pure Vanilla Extract 3 - Fold is ideal for the chef wanting more flavor impact. There is no better vanilla extract to use in baking, ice cream and beverage applications. While three times stronger than our Pure Vanilla Extract, it is not three times more expensive and, therefore, very cost effective to use.