We are happy to announce TSG gift shop now stocks fresh, pure vanilla pods! Adding fresh vanilla to your recipes, will add the extra flour in your baking recipes!
Frederic Rosengarten, Jr. described vanilla in The Book of Spices as “pure, spicy, and delicate”; he called its complex floral aroma a “peculiar bouquet”. As a result, vanilla is widely used in both commercial and domestic baking. It is also used for perfume manufacture and aromatherapy! Vanilla is the second most expensive spice after saffron because growing the vanilla seed pods is labour-intensive.
How to Prep a Whole Vanilla Bean
What You Need
Fresh, plump, soft vanilla pod
Small, sharp paring knife
Smooth-surfaced cutting board
Small hook or pushpin (optional)
- Split the pod lengthwise into two halves:Assemble your cutting board, knife, and vanilla pod. Anchor the pod to the cutting board with your non-dominate hand. This helps you to maneuver the pod without getting your fingers full of the precious vanilla seeds. Start cutting gently without cutting the pod into two, as close to the hook as possible; firmly run the tip of the paring knife down the length of the pod.
- Scrape the pod halves: Still holding the hooked area down on the cutting board, run the unsharpened side of your knife down the length of each of the pod halves, using firm pressure. Use the dull side of the knife to carefully but thoroughly scrape the seeds.
- Use the seeds and save the pod!Go ahead and add the seeds to your recipe but don’t throw away the pod! You make your own vanilla sugar by adding the split and de-seeded pod to a canister of sugar sealing it well. Let it sit for at least two weeks and voila you have just make your own vanilla sugar!