rumaging through the back of a kitchen cupboard i found a horded bag of 10 madagascar vanilla beans, ca. 2003. - apparently i was afraid of the empending shortage and packed them away for a special occasion.
well, now that the price of vanilla is dropping, it's time to celebrate. the only thing is what to do with these dried out sticks? they're definitely too hard to cut or scrape. i've made vanilla sugar (powdering a bean and sugar in the spice blender), but would like some other ideas. can i plump them back up? soak em in booze?