my dozen or so vanilla beans dried out. is there any way i can revive them and keep their quality? thanks
They will probably rehydrate in a warm liquid and will still contain flavor. I don't recommend attempting to cut open very dry beans until they are rehydrated, as it's easy to have the knife slip. If you prefer, grind them up and use them in a recipe that calls for ground beans.
if i grind them can i still use them as i would just the scraped out seeds or would it ruin the recipe? i usually use them in cookies, cheesecakes and drinks. i haven't seen any recipes for ground beans.