How to remove vanilla beans from the pod.
several fresh vanilla bean pods
Put the 2" of rum in a quart size preserving jar.
Cut a tiny piece of the end of the vanilla bean off and set the whole been vertically in the rum with the cut part facing down.
Put the lid on and leave for 2 1/2 weeks.
When the time is up using your thumb and forefinger force the beans out of the pod, it should come out really easily. You can store this in a small jar in the fridge.
Dry the empty pods and grind them up and use like cinnamon in breads or muffins, or whatever you like.