While searching for the perfect vanilla cupcake recipe, I stumbled upon one that called for a real vanilla bean and vanilla bean paste, neither of which I’d ever purchased. The paste was easy enough—it came already prepped in its own little jar. The bean was another matter. I had no idea how to scrap the seeds from a vanilla bean pod.
Thank heavens for YouTube.
Come to find out it’s not as scary as it sounds. In fact, it was so easy I had one of those “I should’ve done this years ago” moments and immediately ordered a pack of vanilla beans via Amazon Prime. (They’re WAY cheaper online than the store and Amazon Prime rocks.)
I’m now going to show you how very easy it is to scrape the seeds from a vanilla bean.
You’ll probably be amazed.
You might even order your own.
Heck, it might even change your life.
It will change the way you bake; those little specks of vanilla bean are so very, very pretty.
Once you’ve learned all there is to know about scraping vanilla beans, I’ll share a fun thing you can do with those fragrant-yet-empty vanilla bean pods.
How to Scrape the Seeds from a Vanilla Bean
Step 1: Lay out your vanilla beans and recall the ol’ adage about good things coming in small packages.
Step 2: Using a sharp kitchen knife, cut the vanilla bean in half along its length. (The super sharp paring knife from Pampered Chef worked great–and it’s like $1.50!)
Step 3: Take the knife and open up that half vanilla bean and admire the sheer number of teeny tiny vanilla beans inside.
Step 4: Using the back of the knife blade, open (and flatten) the split vanilla bean. Gently but firmly scrape the entire length, wiping the blade as you go if necessary.
Step 5: Take a moment to admire all that vanilla bean caviar.
Step 6: Look at the now empty pods and wonder why in the heck you waited so long to scrape your first vanilla bean.
One fun thing you can do with those empty pods is turn regular granulated sugar into vanilla sugar. You simply:
- Add the pods to a container filled with granulated sugar
- Seal the container tightly.
- Shake the container every couple days to sift the sugar around the vanilla beans.
- Open the container in a couple weeks and enjoy the delicious taste of vanilla sugar.
I love this DIY Vanilla Sugar recipe from Smells Like Home.
Speaking of vanilla sugar, it’s time I gave my container a little shake.
And no, that’s not a euphemism.
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