Vanilla beans should be stored in a dark place at room temperature, in a tightly sealed jar or bag. Do not refrigerate your vanilla beans.
If your vanilla beans grew mold, wipe off the mold with a cloth (you can moisten the cloth in vodka for a better cleaning). The mold grows only on the outside so you can still use the beans after you cleaned them.
If the vanilla bean is getting dry and it is difficult to cut it, you can soak it in warm water just enough to soften and cut it.
Vanilla beans should be flexible enough to bend but we recommend you look for vanilla beans that are not bended inside its packaging; this may break and damage the bean.
When you use vanilla beans instead of extract is good to know that 1 bean equals 1 tbsp of vanilla extract. To use it, cut it lengthwise and scrape the inside with the tip of a knife, add this to your preparation and you can still use the vanilla bean for making some infusions, tea, add it to your coffee creamer, your sugar jar, etc. it will still have a lot of flavor and aroma to give!
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