Vanilla Tutorial - How to Use Vanilla
We get a lot of inquiries on how, and when, to use vanilla beans and vanilla extract. This page is intended to give some tips on when and how to use extract and vanilla beans.
Vanilla Extract: Vanilla Extract is the most popular, and easy way that vanilla can be used. Here are a few tips for when to use extract:
• When baking and cooking, where the vanilla will be exposed to heat for long periods of time. The heat weakens vanilla bean's fruitlike flavor so there isn't much point in using the more expensive bean.
Vanilla Bean: The vanilla bean not only imparts its flavor to dishes, but adds that special visual element of the vanilla specs. Here are a few tips for when to use the vanilla bean:
• In lightly cooked sauces and syrups. By using the vanilla bean, you get all of the flavor elements of the vanilla bean in your cooking.
How to use the Vanilla Bean: To use the vanilla bean the first thing you need to do is split the bean lengthwise, using a paring knife. Then scrape the seeds free from both sides of the bean with the edge of the knife, and add to whatever it is you are cooking. If you are cooking a sauce, add the pod to the mixture as well. When the vanilla has steeped into the sauce, strain the pod out, but DON'T THROW IT AWAY! Rinse the bean and allow it to dry at room temperature. Bury the used, dry vanilla pods in your sugar for a wonderful vanilla flavored sugar