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Sep 5, 2009 10:38 AM

how do you revive a dried vanilla bean?

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. 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. 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.

      1. How about soaking them in vanilla extract!