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What in the world do I do with this?!

September 12, 2010

When I decided to finally tackle the Miraval granola recipe that Jenna posted about this summer I wasn’t sure what to do about the vanilla bean that it called for. First off, where in the world do you even get them? Would I be able to find it at Publix or would I have to make a trip to Whole Foods or Native Sun for this specialty item?

After unsuccessfully trying to find it on my own I asked the lady at customer service if they had any. Low and behold they are in a jar down the spice isle. For some reason I was looking for it in a bag, like it was a dried pepper or something.


Take the bean out of the jar and straighten it out.



Gently run your knife, lengthwise, down the bean. I had to do this a few times before I finally was able to separate the skin. So maybe you don’t have to be quite so gentle with it.



Once you open the bean you can see all of the little seeds in there. They kinda look like small coffee grinds.


Gently run your knife along the inside of the bean, scraping out the seeds.





Even when it looks like you’ve removed all of the seeds keep the bean since it still has a lot of flavor. I just put it back in the jar and into my panty to use for something else.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 13, 2010 4:29 pm

    The first time I watched someone do this with a vanilla bean I was kind of weirded out. Who knew that it looked like this?! Great tutorial. 🙂

  2. September 16, 2010 8:29 pm

    Good to know! Thanks.

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