Friday, July 25, 2014

Why Vanilla Bean Custard for Baby?

When we can start introducing solid foods to our baby? What solid foods that we can introduce to our baby? How about vanilla beans in our baby foods? The recommendation of American Academy of Pediatrics on the website of babycenter.com, we can start introduce solid foods to our baby between 4 and 6 months when the baby is ready, until that time since baby digestive system is not ready where breast milk or infant formula milk can handle all baby calories and nutrition needs.  

What solid foods that we can start introduce for our baby? Many research show if baby do not need anything unless breast milk or infant formula until around 6 month of life, therefore when the moment is come for the first time introduce solid foods to your baby, since baby digestive system still develop so just let the baby have great fun with flavor and texture of solid foods such as made into purées and cereals mixed with milk.   

Have you hear about vanilla bean custard for baby food? My interested with this was come when I find some baby food product which sell at online grocery store in Indonesia, the product name is Heinz Smooth Vanilla Custard which sell on the online store LAZADA, I start to learn more about this product beside try to find vanilla bean custard recipe on the internet, custard is suitable food for baby when the baby around 6 month of life. 


How about vanilla beans as spice flavor in your baby food? Some good information which I got from the website of wholesomebabyfood.momtastic.com, we can make experiment both taste and textures in our baby food, this wonderful moment to help our baby in expand taste buds and taste of the food family. Did you know if Latino babies are exposed to taste of wonderful herbs and spices such as cumin, cilantro and even chili peppers? And Thai families often incorporate coconut milk, lemongrass, tamarind and even chili when feeding their babies solid foods. So, nothing to be worried about vanilla beans in your baby food. You can make vanilla bean custard recipe by own for your baby food or just buy solid product such as Heinz Smooth Vanilla Custard.   

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Indonesia Vanilla Rooted Cutting

Have you already know before about kind method of vanilla dissemination? Vanilla dissemination can be achieved either by stem cutting or by tissue culture. India was the first vanilla producer has use tissue culture to produce new vanilla plants during the 1980s at Tamil Nadu University. This was the part of the first project to grow V. planifolia in India. The condition which occur that time was the vanilla planting stock in India was very shortage and limited therefore it inspired for vanilla tissue culture.

It is not easy for vanilla tissue culture even this method is very popular way of propagating various plants including orchids. So what we do in Indonesia today as vanilla farmer is more prefer use stem cutting to produce new vanilla plant. Stem cutting, the material we need is only half meter length or less of vanilla vine or ideal to have a minimum of 5 until 12 internodes in each cutting plant which got from healthy vanilla plant.

Then what we will do if something happen such as in India when vanilla planting stock was very shortage and limited? The situation in Indonesia today where the number of vanilla farmer has decrease and many of them has destroy the vanilla plant because of the price reason, another method to produce new vanilla plant as continue process from stem cutting which called by rooted cuttings.

Rooted cuttings, make more vanilla plant use stem cutting material that we already have which only fewer nodes on the vanilla plant and let the vanilla plant will rooting in polybag before move to the vanilla plantation. The vanilla plant at least must have 2 to 3 nodes which can be used for generating rooted cuttings. What polybag material mixture should to prepare for vanilla plant will rooting in polybag well? First the polybag mixture must have good nutrition for the vanilla plant, therefore material mixture that we use in Indonesia, soil, compost from sheep dung and cocopeat. The new vanilla plant will have root and grow more than 50 cm after six months in polybag as time when it will ready for field planting at the vanilla plantation.

Base on regulation in almost country which prohibited importation of soil, therefore we do not export vanilla plant with the producing method of vanilla rooted cuttings, we only able to export our vanilla plant with the producing method of vanilla stem cuttings. Our vanilla rooted cuttings product is only sell for domestic market. We pack vanilla stem cuttings by use styrofoams box without soil and it able to resistance 14 days without water treatment. Please contact us for more information, agusramadas@yahoo.co.id

Friday, November 29, 2013

Indonesian Halal Vanilla Beans

Thank you so much for the trust and interest to our vanilla flavor product. The product what we sell is only vanilla beans and ground vanilla powder as harvest and curing process from raw vanilla bean of vanilla plant production, so its 100% natural flavor without any additive and different with other vanilla flavor product such as vanilla extract, is it vanilla beans halal? Some link which hope will be useful for you,

Vanilla beans is not halal if it is obtain after alcohol extraction because alcohol is used on seeds to get vanilla flavor and it is contaminated the halal vanilla bean seeds. How about if today many products has stated as Halal Vanilla Bean Extract? It is depend on consumer, some theory said if alcohol in vanilla extract will evaporate when heated but other theory said there is still alcohol contain in vanilla extract even it has heated. Some other link which hope will be useful for you,

Other good information for you who concern which Halal Vanilla Flavoring, almost vanilla extracts that sell in the market today is contains alcohol. The commercially-available non-alcoholic ones usually will tastes awful with plenty of additives and flavor enhancers. Is some substitute for vanilla extract?

The best halal substitute for vanilla extract would be pure ground vanilla powder, glycerine-based extract or vanilla bean paste. 1/2 tsp of ground vanilla powder is equivalent to 1 tsp vanilla extract. Don't go overboard because too much will leave a slightly bitter after-taste. 

You can also macerate/infuse some vanilla beans in a light odorless oil like sunflower oil or grapeseed oil, let it age for a couple of weeks/months in a dark place before using. Last post in this blog where I was write the review about vegetable glycerin infused for halal vanilla beans and corn syrup for vanilla bean paste. Need information about us? Please contact by email at agusramadas@yahoo.co.id  

Friday, November 1, 2013

Bourbon Vanilla Beans in Java, Indonesia

For all of you that already familiar with vanilla beans, Bourbon is the famous brand of vanilla beans in the world. But what is Bourbon actually? Is it Bourbon as a brand of vanilla beans? If Bourbon is a brand of vanilla beans, how about Bourbon Whiskey? As mine interested to know more about it and share with you.

Search on google, Bourbon actually is the name of Madagascar islands which on today the island knows with the name as Reunion islands. Souce from Wikipedia, the history of vanilla beans in Madagascar begans when French entrepreneurs in the year of 1891 was shipped vanilla fruits to the island of Bourbon and Mauritius in hopes to produce vanilla beans in there means outside Mexico.

Well today vanilla plant currently already grown globally, all of which derive from a species originally found in Mesoamerica, including parts of modern-day Mexico. The various subspecies are Vanilla planifolia (syn. V. fragrans) which grown in Madagascar, Réunion, and other tropical areas along the Indian Ocean such as we in Java, Indonesia.

Yes, Vanilla Planifolia is the majority of the world vanilla variety which more commonly known as Bourbon Vanilla after the former name of Réunion, Île Bourbon or Madagascar vanilla which is produced in Madagascar and neighboring islands in the southwestern Indian Ocean and in Indonesia.

But why Bourbon Vanilla Beans become famous vanilla beans in the world more than Indonesia Vanilla Beans even the vanilla variety is the same? Well, different condition with Bourbon Vanilla Farmer, maybe it is still not many Indonesia vanilla farmers who care about patient in vanilla and how curing technique of vanilla beans after vanilla fruits harvest. This the reason of why I think even the vanilla variety of Madagascar Vanilla is same as Indonesia Vanilla but the world already know if the quality of Bourbon Vanilla much better than Indonesia Vanilla.

Other problem is more many vanilla bean traders in our country rather than vanilla bean farmer until this days, farmer got cheap vanilla bean prices so they did not have high motivation to keep the vanilla plant grow up as prospect and primary spices commodity in the world. Looking for Bourbon Vanilla Beans in Indonesia? Ups I means Vanilla Planifolia as the same vanilla variety which planting in Madasgacar, Bourbon Vanilla Beans in Java, please do not hesitate to contact our vanilla company by email at agusramadas@yahoo.co.id. We are not the first of vanilla bean farmer but try learns to be the best in vanilla beans quality!