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how do you revive a dried vanilla bean?

trolley Sep 5, 2009 10:38 AM

I was doing a clean up of my herb cabinet and i came across two very good but very dried up vanilla beans. i know i can probably put them in sugar to make vanilla sugar but does anyone know how to revive a dried up bean so i can actually use it? or is there no hope? thanks!

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  1. puzzler RE: trolley Sep 5, 2009 10:45 AM

    Try soaking them in vodka for a week or two. Cut into lengths to fit in a tall, narrow jar (like an old spice jar) then cover with vodka, tighten the lid and leave in the back of ythe cupboard.

    1. AndrewK512 RE: trolley Sep 5, 2009 11:46 AM

      I've never tried it, but I've heard you can soak it in warm water.
      Or of course, you could just use it in something that is liquid already, like a custard.

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        HillJ RE: trolley Sep 5, 2009 02:18 PM

        How about soaking them in vanilla extract!

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