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How to use a vanilla pod effectively

How to use a vanilla pod effectively

Vanilla pods are used in many recipes, but they need to treated in a particular way to be effective, detailed here.

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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

For 1 pod, you will need:

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PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
9 min.15 min.10 min.34 min.
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Step by step recipe

1 How to use a vanilla pod effectively : Photo of step #1Cut vanilla pod in two, then split each part in two lengthways. 2 min.
2 How to use a vanilla pod effectively : Photo of step #2With the back, not the sharp edge, of a knife blade, scrape out all the small black seeds which contain the essence of the vanilla flavour. 2 min.
3 How to use a vanilla pod effectively : Photo of step #3Add these small black seeds to the liquid of your recipe, here milk for custard sauce (crème anglaise). 2 min.
4 How to use a vanilla pod effectively : Photo of step #4Add pod too, to get the whole flavour.

Bring to the boil, then remove from heat, cover and leave to stand for about 15 minutes, so that the milk absorbes the taste.
10 min.
5 How to use a vanilla pod effectively : Photo of step #5It's important to strain the milk afterwards to remove all the bits, especially the small brown fibres of vanilla pod.

To do this, pour the milk throught a strainer...
15 min.
6 How to use a vanilla pod effectively : Photo of step #6... to remove them, but use a strainer that is not too fine to allow the small black seeds to pass through.

See in this photo what's left after filtering: skins and brown fibres which would spoil your dish.
3 min.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
20 gr0 gr0 gr
<1 %0 %<1 %0 %
Per 100 g
CaloriesProteins CarbohydratesFats
520 gr13 gr0 gr
3 %0 %1 %0 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories by day for a woman (change to a man).

How much will it cost?

For 1 pod : 2.63 €

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Source: Home made.
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This recipe use (among others)
Vanilla podVanilla pod: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Real custard sauce (crème anglaise), Poaching syrup, Confectioner's custard (Crème pâtissière, or French pastry cream), Vanilla sugar, Blackcurrant, vanilla and lime verrine , ... [All]

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