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Old 01-19-2007, 01:12 PM   #1
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Vanilla Sugar

If I were to put sugar in an air tight container with vanilla beans, would I have to put the whole vanilla bean in? Just the seeds? Or just the pod?

How long do I keep them together before I can use it.?

What kind of ratio should I use?
1 bean --> how much sugar?

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Old 01-19-2007, 01:49 PM   #2
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Put the whole bean in. If it is just one bean, not much sugar--a cup maybe. Just check it and see. You can probably keep adding sugar a bit at a time until it is "used up".
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Old 01-19-2007, 03:17 PM   #3
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I just keep a small air-tight canister with sugar and add my vanilla pods that have had the beans scraped. Whenever I use a vanilla bean, the used pod gets put into the sugar. It may take a while, but the sugar will take on a wonderful vanilla flavor. At the price of vanilla beans, I try not to let them go to waste.
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Old 01-19-2007, 03:32 PM   #4
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I just keep a small air-tight canister with sugar and add my vanilla pods that have had the beans scraped. Whenever I use a vanilla bean, the used pod gets put into the sugar. It may take a while, but the sugar will take on a wonderful vanilla flavor. At the price of vanilla beans, I try not to let them go to waste.
I second that sentiment, I do the exact same thing to make vanilla sugar and it works great!
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Old 01-19-2007, 04:56 PM   #5
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and, to add to that, every so often, give the sugar a good stir.

(PS - you can also make your own vanilla extract by halving the beans lengthwise {carefully!}, putting them into a glass bottle {the kind that has a hinged cork works really well} and adding quality alcohol, such as vodka. {have your dad put it in, so I don't get in trouble for having you handling alcohol}. Keep it in a dark pantry and shake it every day or so and in a couple of months.
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Old 01-19-2007, 07:48 PM   #6
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[QUOTEI second that sentiment, I do the exact same thing to make vanilla sugar and it works great!][/QUOTE]

I third that!
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