Each vanilla bean is actually a bean pod, full of small, black beans that appear as little dots and are often referred to as vanilla “caviar”. The best way to use this caviar is to use a sharp paring knife to carefully split your bean lengthwise. The caviar can then be scraped using a small knife or a small spoon. Thoroughly scrape both sides of the bean.
These small seeds can be substituted for vanilla extract in baking and cooking recipes. You can also mix the caviar into drinks, yogurt, cottage cheese, oatmeal, or nearly any other favorite food or snack. A good rule of thumb is that one vanilla bean is enough for most normal baking and cooking recipes.