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Oh how I love when you grace us with your posts! Consider your bloggy debt to me (if there ever was one) completely paid off. I can't wait to scrape out the guts of a vanilla bean. I mean that in the nicest way, of course.



You know, there's probably a formal cooking term for that specific procedure. Alas, I am not a formal cook. (You probably guessed that already.)

Now there are lots of things to do with the scraped-out hull. I usually keep one in my sugar (evaporated cane juice) jar, though not in my turbinado tub. The lovely and talented Eggbeater is a formal cook, however, when she wants to be, and she has a very good and helpful post all about what to do with the vanilla bean:

Vanilla Beans: Pastry Tip #481

I say "guts"; she says "interior." Whatever.

There's no way to do this that isn't ultimately nice as far as I know. But I am a crazed vanilla fiend.


hi i was out in my garden seeing how my seedling were coming along and looking at this "weed" that i had scooped up off the side of the road and planted last year. it has become so vibrant and healthy and has wonderful purple flowers > so i searched weed with purple flower and came up with your blog thanks so much !!! i love creeping charlie

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