What Are Some Good Uses for Vanilla Pods?

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Q: I just used a vanilla bean for the first time in my cooking (vanilla peach pie with homemade vanilla whipped cream). I put it back in its jar and sealed it again. It smells so good, it seems like a waste to just throw away.

I was wondering if there is any good use for the pod after I've scraped all the seeds out?

Sent by Amy

Editor: Amy, one simple way to use it is to bury it in a small container of white sugar. The vanilla will scent and flavor the sugar. It's lovely stir a bit of this vanilla sugar into coffee, or to sprinkle it on oatmeal. You can also simmer the pod with some pudding, or, again, in oatmeal.

Readers, what do you like to do with used-up vanilla pods?


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