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Monday, August 2, 2010

Getting the most use out of your Vanilla Bean

We all know how expensive Vanilla Beans are unless you live in Tahiti with unlimited vanilla pods in your backyard!  After you use the bean, don't throw it away!  You can use the pods to enhance flavors when you're baking by making Vanilla Sugar.

Place scraped vanilla pods in an airtight container filled with sugar. Let stand until pod is dry (this may take a week or more). Transfer sugar and vanilla pod to the bowl of a food processor; process until pods are finely ground. Use for added flavor when baking, in your favorite drinks, on the rim of the glass of your favorite drink, or sprinkled over fruit.

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