If you find yourself with the outer hull of a vanilla bean (after having used the inner scrapings for a special holiday recipe), here's a way of stretching out that beautiful vanilla flavor and aroma.
How to Make Vanilla Sugar
Dry out one used vanilla bean for a couple of days at room temperature. Have a cup of granulated sugar ready.
Food Processor Method
Spice Grinder Method (grinds the bean a little finer)
Once you make your vanilla sugar, you can store it in your pantry in a closed container and use it is place of vanilla extract and sugar. It is excellent for flavoring fresh whipped cream and makes a nice sprinkle on top of cookies.