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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9 min.15 min.10 min.34 min.
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Stage 1 - 2 min.
How to use a vanilla pod effectively : Photo of step #1
Cut vanilla pod in two, then split each part in two lengthways.

Stage 2 - 2 min.
How to use a vanilla pod effectively : Photo of step #2
With 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.

Stage 3 - 2 min.
How to use a vanilla pod effectively : Photo of step #3
Add these small black seeds to the liquid of your recipe, here milk for custard sauce (crème anglaise).

Stage 4 - 10 min.
How to use a vanilla pod effectively : Photo of step #4
Add 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.

Stage 5 - 15 min.
How to use a vanilla pod effectively : Photo of step #5
It'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...

Stage 6 - 3 min.
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.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2 Kcal or 8 Kj0 gr< 1 gr0 gr
0 %0 %<1 %0 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
52 Kcal or 218 Kj0 gr13 gr0 gr
3 %0 %1 %0 %
Per pod
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2 Kcal or 8 Kj0 gr< 1 gr0 gr
0 %0 %<1 %0 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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Home made.

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