Yield: Yield varies
Usually a recipe says to cut vanilla beans lengthwise and to scrape the sticky paste of seeds into the milk or cream or what have you. Sometimes the bean gets thrown in as well. But then, the recipe always says to remove the bean and discard or save for future use. Future use? Shall I recycle it as a bracelet? Or a Christmas ornament? What recipe calls for a scraped and withered vanilla bean? I’m so glad you asked. Scraped and withered they may be, but soaked in alcohol for a while, they create vanilla extract.
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Store indefinitely at room temperature in a sealed container. Do not freeze.
Reprinted from the book The Homemade Pantry by Alana Chernila. Copyright © 2012 by Alana Chernila. Published by Clarkson Potter, a division of Random House, Inc.
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