RoyalCreamery Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 1:59am
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AI've had some vanilla beans in a ziplock bag for about 2 yrs. yes they are very dry!! But I know I can do something with them.. But what?? Anyone know....

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peilinl Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 2:14am
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The vanilla seeds within the pods must still be usable? Try scraping them and they must still have a wonderful aroma.

IAmPamCakes Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 2:24am
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ADon't waste them! Steep them in a warm liquid (milk or water, etc.) that you will use in a recipe. Split the beans. Heat the liquid with the beans in it until almost simmering, turn off heat, steep for 1/2 hour or so. The oils will permeate your liquid. Then, scrape the pods into your liquid or recipe. Let the beans dry maybe overnight, then bury them in sugar. A couple cups in a jar, shake it every couple days, & in a couple weeks, you should have vanilla sugar. Or, put the beans in some decent quality vodka. Shake the bottle every couple of days and in about a month to six weeks, you'll have vanilla extract. I buy vanilla beans by the pound. I store them in a huge container of sugar.

IAmPamCakes Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 2:26am
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AAfter you make the extract, you can use the caviar if you want, too.

RoyalCreamery Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 2:49am
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AI was thinking maybe steeping in water and making a simple sugar...so after the beans soften, split them, scrape out the seeds (return the seeds to my syrup) and bury the split beans in sugar?? Does that sound right?

Bluehue Posted 12 Apr 2013 , 5:25am
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Originally Posted by IAmPamCakes 

Don't waste them! Steep them in a warm liquid (milk or water, etc.) that you will use in a recipe. Split the beans. Heat the liquid with the beans in it until almost simmering, turn off heat, steep for 1/2 hour or so. The oils will permeate your liquid. Then, scrape the pods into your liquid or recipe. Let the beans dry maybe overnight, then bury them in sugar. A couple cups in a jar, shake it every couple days, & in a couple weeks, you should have vanilla sugar.
 

Or, put the beans in some decent quality vodka. Shake the bottle every couple of days and in about a month to six weeks, you'll have vanilla extract.
^^ Yes, do this - it is such a beautiful extract you end up with compared to what you buy in the shops....  Bluehue

I buy vanilla beans by the pound. I store them in a huge container of sugar.

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