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Yellow "stuff" has formed in sugar in which a vanilla bean has been stored. Is the sugar safe to eat?

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Do not split the vanilla bean if it is stored in sugar. Also, dry the bean by placing it in the sugar to preserve it. Therefore, I believe the granular film is simply the result of a reaction between the water (due to the split bean), the sugar, and perhaps a pigment from the bean or another compound.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, NC State University in July 2004

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