Use Your (Vanilla) Beans
Holiday custards and sauces wouldn’t be the same without these flavor-packed—and, yes, pricey—pods. Here’s how to get your money’s worth.
Step 1: Use a sharp paring knife to split the pod lengthwise from tip to tip.
Step 2: Run the dull side of the paring-knife blade down the length of each half, scraping up the seeds. Use as the recipe indicates.
Step 3: Put the empty, but still potent, pod halves in a jar of sugar to make a vanilla-scented sweetener for coffee and tea.