Cooking and Baking

"Leathery" Vanilla Beans - Can They Be Rescued?

I have two vials of vanilla beans that unfortunately were lost (and forgotten) in the back of a cupboard. I wonder if they can be salvaged? They are hard and stiff. I would like to use them in recipes for ice cream as I just bought a Cuisinart ice cream maker. Will they soften in boiling water? If it is not possible to soften them enough to retrieve the seeds, could I use them to make vanilla extract with vodka? I hate to toss them. Any advice?


Talk is closed, but that doesn't mean the conversations have to stop!

Check out this post for a more thorough explanation, and jump onto our Facebook page or our Twitter feed to keep the conversations going!

Comments:

Comments are closed