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split vanilla seeds

Split vanilla seeds

Want some more instruction? Check out this helpful video tutorial:

If you’re familiar with Rodelle, you’ll know that we produce fine vanilla extracts and other baking essentials. We also sell high-quality, gourmet vanilla beans. Vanilla beans are what give our extracts their flavor; they provide bakers with another option to enhance their recipes with the rich flavors of vanilla.

We encourage you to try out baking with vanilla beans, especially if you haven’t tried it before! Don’t be intimidated! Look for Rodelle vanilla beans online or in stores. Once you’ve selected your recipe (we’ve got a few ideas here), follow these easy steps to incorporate your vanilla bean:

You’ve probably noticed that some recipes call for vanilla extract, and others call for vanilla beans. Often times, you can use the two interchangeably: brownies, cookies, pies. Other times, you’ll probably want to use vanilla beans if your recipe calls for it. Ice cream and creme brulee are two examples where vanilla beans will not only add a visually appealing effect to your recipe (those lovely black flecks) but also add a creamy, vanilla element that extracts are not able to achieve in these recipes.

That’s it! We hope that you’ll try to use whole vanilla beans in some of your recipes this year!

Split vanilla seeds

Step 4 – If your recipe requires the vanilla bean seeds or caviar to be removed, pull apart the vanilla bean, slightly. Hold the bean on the cutting board. Turn the knife sideways and run the blade from the curled top to the bottom of the vanilla bean. The caviar will easily slide off the vanilla bean skin onto your knife in a thick, gooey lump.

Here we show you how to open, split, and scrape a whole vanilla bean in 4 easy steps!

Step 3 – Carefully cut into the vanilla bean while you hold the top down on the board. Use your left index finger and thumb to hold it. Only slice the top layer of the bean. Do not cut through to the other side. Slice along the middle until you get to the end.

If you are using the bean whole, like to make extract , you are done. The bean is split.

Step 1 – Put the vanilla beans on a cutting board with their flat side down, facing away from you. The curled tip will be pointing toward the left- hand side of the cutting board.

Step 2 – Place the tip of your sharp knife in the middle of the vanilla bean, slightly below the curled top.

See, I told you that it would be easy! When you scrape a vanilla bean it is always a perfect opportunity for a few creative photos. Be sure to share them with us below!