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You just have to take your vanilla beans out of the airtight bags as soon as you receive them so that you don't have any problems keeping them.Here are the different possibilities to keep your beans from a few weeks to years.
Place your vanilla pods vertically in a jar with a base of alcohol (rum, gin, vodka).Only the ends of your pod should be in contact with the base of the alcohol, i.e. about 2 to 3cm high.In this way, your pods will keep for several months. A dosage of 7cl per 10 vanilla beans is sufficient. When all your vanilla beans have been used, you can flavor your recipes with the vanilla extract you have left.Vanilla extract in the United States and in the West Indies (Guadeloupe, Martinique) is a base of beans left for several months in a white alcohol, often agricultural rum at 50°c. The result is often exceptional and the extraction of flavors very precise.
When food professionals buy several kilos of vanilla beans, they very often use this technique. The advantage is to be able to counter the strong inflation on vanilla, to avoid stock-outs and to optimize their margins by making economies of scale. During my visits to my numerous chocolate clients, the stocks are now in the freezers at -20°c. Some people will tell you that purists don't do this because it stops the development of the vanilla's aromas.The majority of the aromas of your vanilla bean will be at their peak when you receive your order.The long traditional maturing process, David Vanille's signature, allows you to discover vanillas with complex and unique notes.
These techniques guarantee an excellent conservation of your vanilla beans over time.Any problem linked to a bad conservation on your part could not be attributed to the quality of the vanilla beans www.DavidVanille.com