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How to stretch your vanilla bean

I have recently started making my own vanilla extract for a multitiude of
reasons:  its easy, its economical and I can control the ingredients.  Check
your bottles; there is actually added sugar in there.  Vanilla beans can be
expensive so the best option I have found are these ones from amazon:  Premium Bourbon-Madagascar Vanilla Beans – 1/2 lb. – Approx. 54
beans
.  I have more beans than I know what to do with so I have been trying
to do some research and experimenting with ways to stretch these beauties to get
the most for my money. Out of the same beans/pods I can do the following four
things:

 

1.  Vanilla extract-cut the beans down the middle and soak 3
beans per 8oz. of vodka for approx. 2 months.  You can always continue to  add more
vodka every time you use half the bottle to have a neverending
supply.

2.  Let the beans dry out and add them to your sugar for
vanilla scented sugar.

3.  Once the beans have lost most of their fragrance you can
grind them up and add them to your coffee grounds when making coffee.  The
flavor is subtle and smooth and always yummy.

4.  Take that same dried bean pod and grind it up to use in
your own melt and pour soap recipes.  It will add a slight vanilla aroma but
also some “grit” for extra scrubbing.

 

I’m sure there are many other uses for these crazy pods.  I
would love to hear yours.  I keep thinking there may be a new cleaning product
in my future for these things.  Carpet deoderizer with baking soda???  I’m
working on it.  Please share your creations.  I still have a ton of these
beans!

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