Guys, if you have never cooked or worked with vanilla beans, you are in for a treat!
So easy, and such out-of-this-world fresh vanilla flavor!
I buy my vanilla beans at Costco - two tubes (5 beans in each) run about $15.00 - the price is so much better than anywhere else, and the quality is top shelf as well!
Turn your knife over, and using the back-side of the blade, press down and scrape from one end of the bean to the other. Voila! You now will have fresh vanilla bean to use in your favorite recipe!
And for an extra-special treat, place the leftover vanilla bean in a container with granulated sugar and cover. Vanilla flavored sugar!
You are welcome!