Where do vanilla beans come from?

In the brief guide, we are going to answer the question ‘Where do vanilla beans come from’ with a detailed analysis of what safety measures are to keep in mind when using them in our daily routine.

Where do vanilla beans come from?

The majority of vanilla beans on the market now come from Tahiti, Mexico, and Madagascar. Vanilla beans have an evocative quality that stems from their exotic flavor and heady perfume. It’s a sensual combination that works well with both sweet and savory dishes.

A few tips can help you get the most out of your vanilla bean. To begin, select vanilla beans that are dark brown to black in color and appear soft and pliable. Then keep them away from direct sunlight and heat.

Split the bean with the tip of a sharp knife to use. Then, using a scraper, scrape along the cut surface to collect the hundreds of scented seeds. Infuse the seeds into custards, creams, sauces, cakes, puddings, and so on. Simply bury the bean in your caster sugar to make vanilla sugar for baking.

How to cut a vanilla bean?

Remove the beans from the packaging or vial and place them on a plastic or wooden cutting board, flat side down, with the curled tip pointing to the left side.

Using a sharp knife, insert the tip of the knife into the center of the vanilla bean, just below the curled top.

Cut slowly into the bean, holding the top of the bean down onto the cutting board with your left pointer finger and thumb, attempting to only slice through the top and not the bottom. Cut down the center of the bean until you reach the end.

Pull the bean apart slightly, then use your left pointer finger and thumb to hold the top of the bean down to the board. Turn the knife perpendicular to the bean and run the knife blade side down from the curled top to the bottom. As you run the knife down the bean, scrape the vanilla bean caviar.

How to use a vanilla bean?

After successfully scraping your fragrant vanilla bean, you may be tempted to simply discard the bean pod. Don’t! Place your scraped pod in your sugar jar and prepare to be greeted by subtly vanilla-scented sugar the next time you open it. Use the sugar in any baked goods, pastries, or just your morning cup of coffee.

Vanilla bean caviar can be successfully incorporated into many desserts with little effort, but if your bean caviar is not incorporated well into your creations, here are a few suggestions. Rub the vanilla bean caviar into the required sugar in the recipe with your fingers or in a mortar and pestle.

The sugar’s coarseness will disperse the bean throughout the sugar. You can also make a simple paste with the vanilla bean caviar by adding a teaspoon of hot water and stirring until a light paste forms. Simply add the vanilla bean sugar or paste wherever sugar or vanilla is called for in your recipe.

We are frequently asked what the equivalent ratio of bean to paste or bean to extract is; the table below contains the equivalent ratios and conversions for all of your baking needs!

How long do vanilla beans last?

Vanilla beans can be stored in an airtight container in the coolest part of the kitchen for up to 18 months. Extract, essence, and paste can be kept in an airtight container in a cool, dark place indefinitely.

Recipe of vanilla beans

Ingredients

  • Lattice biscuits
  • Milk 
  • Cream 
  • Sugar
  • Vanilla beans 
  • Cornflour

Preparation

Line the base and cake tin with baking paper, allowing an overhang on all sides. Half of the lattice biscuits should be used to line the base.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the milk, cream, and half of the sugar. Scrape the vanilla bean seeds into the pan with a small, sharp knife. Bring to a gentle boil over medium-low heat. 

Turn off the heat. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the egg yolks, cornflour, and remaining sugar. Whisk in the hot milk mixture gradually until the custard thickens and coats the back of a wooden spoon. Return to the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes over medium-low heat, or until the custard is very thick.

Pour the custard over the biscuit base, smoothing it out. Place the remaining biscuits on top, cutting as needed. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours, or until set.

How many vanilla beans can be used to make vanilla extract?

If your jar is larger than 8 ounces, add more beans and alcohol until the alcohol completely covers the beans. Hence, 6 vanilla beans for every 8 ounces of booze Use 9 vanilla beans if your jar is 12 ounces. Use 12 beans if it’s 16 ounces.

Conclusion

In the brief guide, we discussed answering the question ‘Where do vanilla beans come from’ with a detailed analysis of what safety measures are to keep in mind when using them in our daily routine.

Citations

https://www.taste.com.au/baking/articles/how-to-use-vanilla-beans/su6pszs6

https://www.beanilla.com/blog/how-to-use-vanilla-beans

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.