I double-dip on this idea and put them into sugar to flavor the sugar. I usually forget they're there, and then the vanilla bean completely dries out in the sugar. So I get the vanilla sugar and the vanilla bean dust. A two-fer!
two-fer, love that, sancan! This morning the vanilla bean dust was in the maple syrup, the waffles, my coffee and the rest will be headed into a bundt cake (have you seen that amazing CH thread) for later.