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I'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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The vanilla seeds within the pods must still be usable? Try scraping them and they must still have a wonderful aroma.

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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.
I buy vanilla beans by the pound. I store them in a huge container of sugar.
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After you make the extract, you can use the caviar if you want, too.
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I 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?
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Originally Posted by IAmPamCakes View Post

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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