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Old 08-08-2006, 12:54 PM   #1
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Can I use these vanilla beans?

I have a few that have gone past their prime but I hate to throw them away.
They've been stored in a baggie that has been stored inside a tightly close glass jar. Sadly they are very hard now. Can I still break them open and use the seeds? Do they lose a lot of their flavor as they age? Should I use more than the recipe calls for??

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I reallllly don't want to have to go buy another one. They are
so dang expensive.

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Old 08-08-2006, 12:59 PM   #2
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I have a few that have gone past their prime but I hate to throw them away.
They've been stored in a baggie that has been stored inside a tightly close glass jar. Sadly they are very hard now. Can I still break them open and use the seeds? Do they lose a lot of their flavor as they age? Should I use more than the recipe calls for??

Thanks in advance.
I reallllly don't want to have to go buy another one. They are
so dang expensive.

smiles, Trish
Trish,
since I slice mine to extract the seeds, I'd imagine you'd have to find a way to soften the outer shell first. I save that outer shell, let it dry then put it in a sealed cannister with sugar to cover it. It makes the most lovely vanilla flavored sugar. My grandkids love the sugar on their french toast.

Sorry I can't be of more help.
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:00 PM   #3
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You always help! Have a great day and say HI to the kids!!!
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:09 PM   #4
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Trish you might want to try letting then sit in some hot water for a little while to soften. Maybe then you will be able to slice them open.
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Thanks GB I'll give that a shot before going and buying a new one.
I've promised our friend that we'd bring vanilla bean ice cream for dinner tomorrow night and I don't want to disappoint him.
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:18 PM   #6
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I also have a couple of pods which have been in a small glass jar for over two years. I will not throw them out, jeez they are too expensive to replace!
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:41 PM   #7
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yeah... I'm going to use them... no matter what!

I need to get to Greece to buy some more. They are way cheaper there about three dollars each compared to the 7 or 8 that Safeway charges. OUCH it hurts!
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Old 08-08-2006, 01:49 PM   #8
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So vanilla beans are expensive everywhere huh? I always see chefs on TV using them, but I had never seen them in real life here in small town USA. I happened to see some the other day in the spice area, but it was like $8 for 3 of them. I couldn't imagine spending that much unless the recipe would be a lot worse without using the bean. I figured there must be some way to get them cheaper.
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LOL... Zhlake if I found them here 3 for 8 dollars I'd think I'd found a great deal. I saw them 1 for 8 dollars at Safeway the other day. They are almost worth it though. YUMMMY!
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if all else fails, put them in a bottle of vodka, or rum or kaluaha. I would hate to heat of them going to waste. If the shell is hard, it would be difficult to extract the seeds, and by poaching them to soften the you run the risk of extracting the flavor anyways. So why not let them infuse an adult beverage?
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