How To Use a Vanilla Bean
- 1 vanilla bean
- Cutting board
- Paring knife
Split the vanilla bean down its length using the paring knife.
Scrape out the seeds: Working with one half at a time, hold down the tip of the bean against the cutting board. Use the dull side of your paring knife — not the sharp side — and scrape the vanilla beans from the pod. Move from the tip of the pod, where you are holding it, and scrape down the entire length.
Use the seeds immediately: The scraped seeds can be mixed right into your recipe along with the other ingredients. Use them right away.
Use the empty pod: The scraped-out pods can be used to infuse milk or cream with subtle vanilla flavor, or you can stick them in a jar of sugar to make vanilla-scented sugar.
Store unused vanilla beans: Store unused pods in a plastic bag with the air pressed out or in a vacuum-sealed bag. Use within a few weeks; the pods will gradually dry out over time.