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Using vanilla pods

Question: How do you use a vanilla bean pod?
To use a vanilla bean pod, cut the beans in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and pulp; add this, along with the pod, to the liquid and stand for the specified time. The pods can then be removed.
Wash the pods in cool water, dry them thoroughly, and then put them into a container where you store sugar (usually caster sugar) for baking. This way, you’ll always have vanilla flavored sugar on hand.
Some recipes call for whole pods; in this case the pods can be washed in cool water after use, dried thoroughly and used again.

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