How to split a vanilla pod

How to split a vanilla pod

Vanilla pods are one of the most expensive spices so it is useful to learn how to correctly remove the seeds with minimum waste.

Don't bin the empty pods; they can be used to make vanilla sugar or to infuse milk for ice creams.

1
Take one vanilla pod and a small sharp knife, slice down the centre of the pod
2
Gently remove the seeds by running your knife along the edge
3
Make sure not to drag the knife too firmly as this will remove the woody elements

Uses

Vanilla seeds can be used in desserts such as Robert Thompson's vanilla panna cotta with strawberries and grappa or Adam Gray's Spiced poached pears with hot chocolate sauce.