Vanilla is a beloved ingredient for its ability to enhance the flavor and aroma of any confection; it is an essential ingredient in everything from cakes and whipped cream to jams and ice cream. To remove the seeds from the bean, simply use a paring knife to slice the pod in half. Then, use the back of the knife to scrape the seeds away from the pod. What's more is that the empty pod can also be used. Stick it in a jar of sugar, seal, and let sit for a week. The vanilla's flavor and aroma will infuse into the sugar, which can be used in baking, stirred into coffee and tea, or sprinkled over French toast and crêpes.