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How long can the bean casings remain in the alcohol when making vanilla extract? Does it matter if they're split, scraped or left un split?

asked by c david almost 5 years ago
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Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

added almost 5 years ago

The bean casings can stay in there for months, and you can even top off the bottle with more alcohol as it gets used up. Definitely split the beans lengthwise, but no need to scrape the seeds as they'll all be exposed.

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Amanda Hesser

Amanda is a co-founder of Food52.

added almost 5 years ago

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added almost 5 years ago

I just leave mine in the bottle. I buy a small bottle of cognac (flask sized) and drop in a vanilla bean. Add more cognac as needed... great stuff!