Storage of Vanilla
  • Vanilla beans should be stored in a closed container in a dry, cool and dark place. The cold isn't the vanilla best friend so do not store your beans in the refrigerator or freezer as they will either dry out or become moldy!
  • Experts recommend letting your beans breathe by exposing them to air every few weeks for a few minutes.
  • Generally gourmet beans can stay moist and easy to work with for more than six months, many times a bit longer. You can keep a vanilla bean for ten years in it jar and might even crystallize!
  • Drying is not dying for vanilla, if you ever come across dried up beans place half of a small potato in a jar with them, it will soften them for use. You can also soak them in some hot water or milk. Keep in mind that dried beans are perfect for steeping in hot liquids and preparations or for making vanilla sugar
  • Reuse & Recycle your vanilla beans – After use, rinse the bean and dry it, place it in your caster sugar pot to flavor it with a subtle vanilla scent.