Getting the Most Out of Your Vanilla Beanby The Vanilla Guru on 08/17/12
I’m really enjoying my new practice of making quality vegetarian broth for no money just by saving my vegetable discards in the freezer until I need to “stock” up. So I was thinking…don’t I do this with vanilla beans? Being in the vanilla business I have access to the freshest beans around but how I can transfer this “use every part” mentality as it relates to vanilla beans? I realize I already do, so here are my suggestions to get the most of your vanilla bean.
Start the day with the most amazing French toast by adding ½ of the insides of a bean to your favorite recipe. Google how to split and scrape a bean. (In keeping with the spirit, I prefer to use leftover French bread.)
Cut that part of the scraped bean in half, throw a piece in your coffee and taste the difference vanilla makes in hot drinks. Yum! Save the other half of your bean for later.
Need a mid-day pick me up or quick, natural air freshener? Take the other half of the scraped bean and put it in 1 cup water in a microwave-safe bowl and microwave on high for two to three minutes. Sit it out on the counter to enjoy your vanilla aromatherapy.
Later, impress your most-love one or two by making their favorite dessert substituting the insides of a fresh Mannix vanilla bean. Don’t throw out the scraped bean of course!
Start your own vanilla sugar by placing it in a bowl of sugar. Not enough time, buy ours! J