What to do with leftover vanilla pods
Vanilla pods add a great depth of flavour to puddings, desserts and drinks. Find out how you can use up leftover vanilla pods here.
Recipes with vanilla pods
- Vanilla shortbread
- Vanilla and nutmeg baked rice pudding
- Granny Brett’s warm vanilla rice pudding with golden syrup
- Easy custard
How to use up leftover vanilla pods
- Vanilla sugar
Tip 500g granulated sugar into a large kilner jar. Slice a vanilla pod in half lengthways and, using the back of a knife, scrape out the seeds and mix them into the sugar. Halve each piece of vanilla pod and put all four pieces in the jar of sugar. Give the jar a shake, then set aside to infuse for 2 weeks. Use the vanilla sugar in place of plain granulated sugar to add flavour to sweet baking.
- Poached fruit
split a vanilla pod, scrape out the seeds and add (seeds and pod) to the poaching liquid for fruit. This works particularly well with pears and plums.
- Vanilla vodka
Put 3-4 vanilla pods in a full 70l bottle of vodka and replace the lid. Leave to infuse for 1 week, shaking the bottle every other day (it will turn light brown). For a stronger flavour, split the pods and scrape the seeds into the bottle, too. vanilla vodka is great for cocktails.