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.

What to do with leftover vanilla pods

Recipes with vanilla pods

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.

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