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Method # 1

(makes strong vanilla sugar)

1 whole vanilla bean

1 lb. granulated sugar

Mix well in a blender and store in a tightly sealed jar. Mix in extra sugar if it too strong for your taste.

 

Method # 2

Pour enough sugar to fill a jar into a bowl.

Cut a vanilla bean lengthwise, and scrape out the inner part with a knife. Combine the scapings and bean shells thoroughly with the sugar, and then store in a tightly sealed jar for at least one week before using. The bean shells can be reused many times with new batches of sugar.