These select vanilla beans are moist, flavorful and aromatic, deliciously ideal for any number of cooking and baking applications. Delicious vanilla flavor is found in both the bean and the seeds, so home chefs should use both by simply splitting the bean and scraping the seeds into the dish. This will also give the dish the irresistible visual appeal of real vanilla seeds. They can then simmer the whole bean in milk, cream or another liquid and pour the mixture into their dish. As long as the bean still possesses its characteristic aroma and is moist and pliable, they can rinse, dry and use again.
One whole vanilla bean is approximately equivalent to one tablespoon of pure vanilla extract, vanilla bean paste or vanilla powder.