Nielsen-Massey Vanilla Bean Paste 118ml 4 "Don’t spill it." Mr Windridge 06 August 2020 Do read the “About Nielsen-Massey” story after the product information. There is a clue in the phrase “cooking with just a few drops“ which goes to hint this is not a paste but a liquid syrup. Lakeland told me their ‘internal’ website describes it as a syrupy paste. Why not inform the customers? Lakeland wondered if mine needed shaking or stirring. ( Granny, eggs, how to suck). Guess I will go back to vanilla pods. A note from the team Thank you for your review. We've passed your comments along to our team about the product description and we'd advise you to shake or stir it before use.