Homemade extracts are simple, inexpensive and there are no artificial ingredients.
Ingredient of choice for extract (vanilla beans, lemons, oranges,limes, fresh mint, raspberry,etc.....)
Vodka (inexpensive, plain vodka)
|Extract ingredients (note: this is NOT inexpensive vodka (I had to borrow a bottle for pictures))|
|slice vanilla beans down the center to release the seeds|
|zest of 2 lemons in jar|
|lemon extract in progress|
Use your homemade extracts just like you would store bought extracts. Add a splash to cake batter or cookies for a yummy twist. I especially like chocolate cake with mint extract or sugar cookies with lemon extract.
*There is alcohol in these extracts, so if this is of concern for you be sure to only use the extracts in cooked items (the alcohol will cook off).
*Extracts make great gifts! I once made vanilla extract for all my friends for Christmas and gave it to them with my favorite cookie recipe. How about a basket of different extracts for a friend who loves to cook or a couple just getting started on their new life together?
|vanilla extract for gift giving|