Vanilla Tutorial - Frequently Asked Questions
We receive many questions about vanilla, how to store vanilla, how to use vanilla, etc. We hope that we can help to answer some of those questions with these helpful hints.
How long will the vanilla beans last? - Vanilla properly sealed and stored should last 6--9 months.
What do I do with vanilla beans that have dried out? - Vanilla beans that have become hard due to excessive moisture loss can be rehydrated by soaking them in warm water for several hours before use.
Why does vanilla extract have alcohol? - First, because the alcohol is what helps to extract the flavors from the vanilla bean. Secondly, because the FDA regulation stipulate that Pure Vanilla Extract has to be made using no less than a 35% alcohol solution.
How long can I store vanilla extract? - Vanilla extract, like fine wine, gets better with age. Most extract reaches its peak at around 2 years of age. So keeping extract for awhile is not a problem.
What is the difference between Madagascar, Bourbon, Mexican and Tahitian vanilla? - The biggest difference is in flavor profiles. Madagascar, Bourbon and Mexican are all the same species, but having been grown and cured in different climates and soil, they have similar but slightly differing profiles. They all have a basic fruity aroma and strong vanilla flavor. Tahitian beans are a different species and have a more earthly aroma and flavor.
How do I use Pure Ground Vanilla? - Pure Ground Vanilla is great in warm drinks. Since it is not an alcohol base, like extract, it will not evaporate in hot drinks, like coffee, teas and hot chocolate. It can substitute or augment vanilla extract in baking and cooking. > NEXT