15 things to do with spent vanilla bean pods
- Bury a pod or three in your sugar bowl to make vanilla sugar.
- Snip off an inch or two and add it to a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or tea.
- Infuse honey, maple syrup or simple syrup with a pod or three.
- Bury a pod or three in natural (non-iodized) sea salt to make vanilla salt.
- Grind pods into powder after they are completely dry.
- Infuse vodka, rum, bourbon, or other spirits with pods for a couple weeks.
- Bury a pod or three in your bag of coffee beans to make vanilla coffee.
- Flavor a fruit compote or a marmalade with a pod.
- Make your own vanilla extract or boost the flavor of store-bought by adding a pod or three.
- Infuse port with figs and pods. Sip or make reduction for roast pork loin.
- Scrub your skin with vanilla sugar or vanilla salt.
- Spice up loose leaf tea with a pod or three.
- Flavor carrot or fruit soups by adding a pod.
- Scent your drawers or closets or cabinet with a pod or three.
- Garnish a cocktail or dessert with a pod.
As you can see, the ways to use up a vanilla bean pod are practically limitless. Happy experimenting!