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« on: March 18, 2012 09:22:38 AM »

Hey, does anyone know if old vanilla beans are still good to use? I'm talking 6+ years. I'm guessing they would lose some flavor but still be usable? I wanted to make some vanilla extract but don't want to waste the vodka if my beans are bad!
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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2012 08:23:59 AM »

A vanilla bean is a 'pod' from an orchid. I would treat it in the same way I would treat other flowery items - if it's not fuzzy, it's good to go! I've had some in my kitchen for around 3 years (because who really uses that much vanilla bean?) and I've used it recently to make creme brulee and they were delish. Still had that awesome vanilla flavor!
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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2012 09:09:12 AM »

Thanks! I'll get some vodka and give it a go! Also maybe some vanilla sugar...
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« Reply #3 on: March 26, 2012 02:38:11 PM »

I'm so glad you posted this!  A friend of mine gave me some vanilla beans, and now I know that I have PLENTY of time to figure out what to do with them!
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« Reply #4 on: March 26, 2012 05:26:09 PM »

haha, thanks Aisy! I actually bought them in a co-op years ago and planned to use them in soaping/B&B somehow. It was a co-op with soapy groups anyways.
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« Reply #5 on: July 03, 2012 06:54:00 AM »

I keep mine in a vacuum sealed food saver bag that I reseal after grabbing one out. So far they have lasted a couple of years. Don't think they will make it to 6 years though... Smiley
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