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Whats the shelf life for vanilla beans?

Dio di Romanese Dec 18, 2006 11:22 PM

I just finished making one of my favourite christmas drinks and have quite a few beans left over, so how long until they loose their flavor?

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  1. sweetie RE: Dio di Romanese Dec 18, 2006 11:28 PM

    If you store them well they should be fine (as long as they stay pliable) I have had them for up to a year in a tightly closed jar. I know some people who freeze thier beans. Or if you want to make them go along way make vanilla sugar.

    1. Katie Nell RE: Dio di Romanese Dec 19, 2006 01:07 PM

      Is there anyway to make them pliable again? I have some dried out expensive little suckers, and it just irks me to no end!

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        susu RE: Katie Nell Dec 19, 2006 09:39 PM

        You can wrap them in a damp paper towel and nuke them for maybe 30 seconds or so.

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          sweetie RE: Katie Nell Dec 20, 2006 03:03 AM

          Sometimes I just stick the dried out ones in sugar they still give off a great aroma.

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          HillJ RE: Dio di Romanese Dec 19, 2006 03:10 PM

          For storage, vanilla beans can be kept somewhat moist for 6 months if placed in an airtight container, in a cool dry area, away from light. If excessive heat and/or moisture is allowed to penetrate the bean, mildew may form and spoil the bean. Beans stored in refrigerated areas may become hard and crystalize, but it is an alternative if no other cool dry area is available for storage. Vanilla beans can whither and become dry, but still be usable. If the bean dries out, rehydrate the bean in a warm liquid such as water, vanilla extract or vodka. Then extract the seeds for use in flavoring a food.

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