How to Store Vanilla Beans?
How should I store my vanilla beans?
It's a question we are asked so often that we've decided to write a special section for it. Within 5 minutes, you will know everything you need to know about how to store vanilla to preserve all its flavours!
The first thing you should know is that vanilla is delicate ... she doesn't like heat, humidity, light or air contact. But don't panic, vanilla is easier to store than you think.
Here are our best techniques to store vanilla:
A glass tube
This is your best option because the pods are perfectly fitted to the size of the tube. Do not hesitate to put several beans in the same tube by tightening them as much as possible, this reduces the amount of air in contact with your vanilla. For the cap, prefer aluminium or plastic, avoid if possible cork which can be a source of mould.
A glass jar
If you don't have any tube, you can use a glass jar. But be careful, do not take a large soup jar! It would contain far too much air, which would make the vanilla dry quite quickly. Prefer rather thin jars, such as asparagus jars, which are generally high enough, and not too wide!
A metal box.
A thin, long, flat metal box is also an excellent option for storing vanilla beans. Again, limit the amount of air as much as possible and make sure that the box is tightly sealed.
Your pods are delivered to you under vacuum (unless you have selected our tube offer). A vacuum-packed vanilla will keep all its gustative qualities. If you don't want to use your vanilla immediately, there is no urgency to unpack it.
Preserve its vanilla in sugar?
Good idea! However, sugar has a strong absorbent power, so it will dry out your vanilla. It will certainly taste delicious, but your beans will be harder to split when you want to use them. We therefore recommend this technique to recycle the beans that you have already cut and used in other desserts! Cut in small pieces and dipped in a sugar jar, your exhausted vanilla pods will do little wonders. No waste!
Keeping vanilla in a small amount of rum
It's a common technique in the Indian Ocean. By capillary action, this technique allows vanilla to remain hydrated, supple and tender. However, rum modifies the aroma of vanilla, which is not to everyone's taste. Keeping your pods in an empty airtight tube or jar is therefore more than enough, and you don't need to add any rum to it. However, if you want to try a flavoured rhum, just go for it, you will be amazed!
Keep your vanilla in the fridge?
It's a technique that's not harmful, but it's not necessary. It stops the development of aromas, reinforces the hardness of the pods and freezes their fat on the outside, leaving small white dots to appear. Your vanilla would therefore be just as well stored in a fresh cupboard than in your fridge
Freezing his vanilla?
It's totaly possible! This is not the solution that we recommend as a priority, because here again the development of the aromas is stopped and the vanilla loses a little bit of its quality because of the temperature differences that it undergoes. But if you are not able to apply one of the techniques proposed above, freezing remains a good option, and allows you to manage your stock well, by defrosting only what is necessary.
The techniques to avoid.
Storage in aluminum foil, paper towel, plastic bag or clear film... these methods cause both the vanilla to dry out and the mould to grow. Avoid them at all cost.
Also avoid storing your vanilla with other spices in the same container, as the flavours will soon get mixed together
Finally, avoid storing your pods individually. As mentioned above, vanilla beans love to be tightened together to keep its moisture.
How long does vanilla keep?
If you follow the tips above, you'll run out of vanilla long before it shows the slightest trace of ageing! To be perfectly clear: vanilla does not expire. It simply loses moisture over the months, which is the normal process of its evolution! However, a soft vanilla is always more pleasant to work with... if you use the above techniques, a conservation of 12 to 18 months will be no problem at all!
Now you know all about the vanilla preservation ! If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us, we will be happy to help you.