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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.

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