How to Revive Vanilla Beans
Vanilla beans dry out as they age or if they are improperly stored. Here's how to tell if your vanilla bean is fresh-and a tip on how to revive it if it's dried out.
Vanilla beans should be soft & pliable, supple and almost feel oily to the touch. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dark place—never in the refrigerator or freezer!
If you happen to have a dried-out vanilla bean, don't toss it. Soak it in filtered water for 8 hours. You'll end up with a completely hydrated (and now usable) vanilla bean.