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Ways to Use Leftover Vanilla Bean

What to Do With Leftover Vanilla Bean

Oftentimes a recipe will call for only part of a vanilla bean. Since vanilla beans can be somewhat expensive, don't discard the extra bean. There are lots of ways you could put it to good use:

  • Place the bean in an airtight container full of sugar. The vanilla will infuse the sugar and become vanilla sugar.
  • Make a vanilla syrup. Add the seeds and beans to equal parts boiling sugar and water. Let steep for an hour, then pour into a bottle. Once cool, use the vanilla syrup to flavor cocktails, coffee, and soda.
  • Place the bean in a small bottle and cover with 100 proof vodka, store in a cool dark place. In six months, you'll have vanilla extract.
  • Make vanilla vodka or rum, by adding the bean to a store-bought bottle and letting it steep for one week.
  • Scrape the seeds into a small bowl filled with salt and stir to combine. Use the vanilla salt to flavor ice cream and other desserts.

What's your favorite way of using leftover vanilla bean?

reggaecupcake reggaecupcake 6 years
i pop it in a jar of sugar to make vanilla sugar, so yummy with evreything!
amber512 amber512 6 years
I use it to make my own vanilla extract.
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