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Easily make Homemade Extracts including my pure vanilla extract recipe & many more!


Hi Bold Bakers!

I love the idea of making DIY versions of ingredients that you thought you could only buy in a store. What I love even more is when the homemade version is just as good, if not better than store bought; that’s exactly what you get with these Homemade Extracts including my vanilla extract recipe. And there’s no doubt about it that there is something very satisfying about making and using them in your baked goods.

Did you know that for Homemade Extracts all you need is Vodka and your flavor and that’s it? So basically you can make any flavor your heart desires, like pure vanilla extract, as long as you have an alcohol or food safe vegetable glycerin substitute.

Do I have to use Alcohol to make extracts?

Yes, most extracts contain alcohol but you can use an alternative method in the recipe below that requires glycerine and water.

But store bought extract aren’t made on Alcohol!

Yes they are, and they usually use very low grade alcohol too.

Can you taste the alcohol?

Nope! No No No. It is used in such small amounts that you can neither taste it nor will it get you drunk. Also remember that during cooking the alcohol will burn off.

What is the difference between pure vanilla extract and Imitation vanilla extract?

Pure vanilla extract uses vanilla pods. Imitation vanilla extract has never seen a vanilla pod in its life. While some people say they can’t taste the difference, I believe that using good quality ingredients is essential to making any great baked goods. There’s no need for a substitute for vanilla extract when you can easily make the real thing and have it for months.

Do I have to use Vanilla Pods to make Vanilla Extract?

Yes, the pod and the seeds have all of the flavor. You can buy Vanilla Pods on Amazon..

How long will Homemade Extracts last?

Indefinitely. Store them in labeled jars and keep them away from heat and out of direct sunlight. Buy the bottles I use on Amazon.

What are the benefits of making Homemade Extracts?

It’s so much cheaper to make your own than use store bought. Also some brands of store bought extracts contain low grade alcohol AND corn syrup. They can be a mixed bag of ingredients which is not what you want.

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When you first make your Homemade Extracts they will look like this, no color and clear.

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After 5 weeks or so they will change color, developed a much stronger flavor, and they will be ready to use in your baking.

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Homemade Orange Extract can be used in icing, buttercream, custards and batters like cupcakes.

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Homemade Lemon Extract will make a great addition to cakes, icing, and even frozen desserts like sorbet.

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Homemade Mint Extract can be added to whipped cream, frozen desserts like ice cream and sorbets and even on a bowl of fresh fruit for added flavor.

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I am a Pinterest nut and I came across the idea for Homemade Extracts here on  Just Putzing around The Kitchen. She did such a gorgeous job that I even purchased the bottles and labels she used hoping mine would look as good.


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Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe & more Homemade Extracts Recipes!
How To make Vanilla Extract and many more
Author: Recipe from 'Just Putzing around The Kitchen'
Ingredients
Vanilla Extract
  • 3 whole vanilla beans
  • Vodka (You can also use bourbon)
Mint Extract
  • ½ cup mint leaves
  • Vodka
Orange Extract
  • 1 large navel orange
  • Vodka
  • Lemon Extract
  • 1 large lemon
  • Vodka
Almond Extract
  • 10 raw almonds , chopped (unsalted, untoasted)
Instructions
  1. Cut your vanilla beans in half, then split open each half to expose the vanilla seeds on the inside of the pod.
  2. Place cut vanilla beans inside your glass bottle.
  3. Add vodka, filling up to the neck of the bottle.
  4. Seal tightly and store bottle in a cool, dry place.
  5. Every few days, tilt your bottle upside down to gently mix the liquid inside.
  6. After 5-6 weeks, you have extract! (If you leave in your vanilla beans, when you start running low, just add more vodka and wait a little.)
  7. To make Mint Extract:
  8. Stuff mint leaves into your glass bottle.
  9. Using a chopstick, skewer, or other poking device, lightly bruise/crush the leaves inside the bottle.
  10. Add vodka, filling up to the neck of the bottle.
  11. Every few days, tilt your bottle upside down to gently mix the liquid inside.
  12. After 5-6 weeks, you have extract! (I’m not sure if, like vanilla extract, you can just leave the mint leaves inside. Since it’s leafy plant matter which disintegrates more easily, it may be a good idea to take it out. My leaves went from a vibrant green in the beginning to kind of a dull brown by the end so I took them out just to be safe – I poured my mint extract into another container through a sieve and discarded the mint leaves, then poured the filtered extract back into the bottle.)
  13. To make Orange Extract:
  14. Peel thin strips of zest from ½ of your orange.
  15. Place zest into your glass bottle.
  16. Add vodka, filling up to the neck of the bottle.
  17. Every few days, tilt your bottle upside down to gently mix the liquid inside.
  18. After 5-6 weeks, you have extract! (I think with citrus peels the acid (and alcohol bath), it’s probably safe to leave the peels inside the bottle like a vanilla bean for re-fill purposes. If you don’t feel comfortable doing this, take it out!)
  19. To make Lemon Extract:
  20. Peel thin strips of zest from your lemon.
  21. Place zest into your glass bottle.
  22. Add vodka, filling up to the neck of the bottle.
  23. Every few days, tilt your bottle upside down to gently mix the liquid inside.
  24. After 5-6 weeks, you have extract!
  25. To make Almond Extract:
  26. Chop your raw, unsalted almonds small enough to fit in your jar.
  27. Place chopped almonds into your jar.
Recipe Notes

Replacing Vodka: just substitute the alcohol called for in any extract recipe with three parts liquid vegetable glycerin and one part water.

You can also replace Vodka with Bourbon.

 

 

 

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  1. Lisa on March 1, 2019 at 8:18 am

    How would you suggest making corn extract? Can I simply pour vodka over fresh corn kernels, or should they be crushed a bit, similar to mint leaves, to get the flavor?

    • Gemma Stafford on March 1, 2019 at 1:09 pm

      WOW, i never would have though of that. Great idea, yes.

  2. Lina on February 28, 2019 at 4:01 am

    Hello Gemma,
    Wanting to make the almond extract, but I noticed that there is no vodka mentioned at the bottom as is with the other extracts, I’m assuming you need to cover the almonds with vodka as you would with the others?

    Just want to be clear as I am excited to make this – it’s my favorite extract!

    Thanks,
    Lina

    • Gemma Stafford on March 1, 2019 at 1:37 pm

      Yes, that is correct 😀 Enjoy!

  3. Cristal on February 27, 2019 at 9:58 am

    How many cups of vodka do we need for 2 vanilla bean?

    • Gemma Stafford on February 28, 2019 at 2:59 am

      Hi Cristal,
      That will not be cups! two vanilla beans, cut to expose the seeds, and placed in a jar should be covered with the vodka, to about 1 inch above the level of the beans. The vodka can be topped up as you use it, until it is spent.
      Try it, you will see what I mean,
      Gemma 🙂

  4. Alvin on February 18, 2019 at 10:47 pm

    Do lemon peel need to be strained out after few week ?

    • Gemma Stafford on February 19, 2019 at 3:03 pm

      No, you can leave this in the be infused.

  5. gwen on February 14, 2019 at 3:23 am

    Is there a recipe for caramel extract

    • Gemma Stafford on February 14, 2019 at 5:06 pm

      Unfortunately, I do not have one. This is a different process altogether. Most likely synthetic. You can buy this online though

  6. Rehema on February 13, 2019 at 2:18 am

    Hi Gemma what do you mean by three parts vegetable glycerin and 1 part water when substiting alcohol when making extract? could you please give measures in either grams or spoons

    • Gemma Stafford on February 14, 2019 at 1:23 am

      Hi Rehema,
      This is a common way to describe the ratio of ingredients in a mix which varies according to how much you wish to make.
      This is true of extracts. Some people make a big jar of Vanilla for instance, in that case they will fill the jar 3/4 full with the glycerin and the remainder with pure water/distilled water. That is what 3:1 means.
      In terms then of grams to 100g of water add 30og glycerin etc.
      I hope this is of help,
      Gemma 🙂

  7. Nithi on February 7, 2019 at 8:13 pm

    Hi Gemma! Once developed (after the 5 weeks) could these be stored in the fridge? Thanks!

    • Gemma Stafford on February 7, 2019 at 9:33 pm

      You can store them at room temperature.

  8. Kathy on February 6, 2019 at 10:21 am

    how big a bottle do you use?

    • Gemma Stafford on February 7, 2019 at 9:41 pm

      I use a 2 oz bottle 😀

  9. Rhonda on January 29, 2019 at 10:26 am

    Thank you so much!!!!

    • Gemma Stafford on January 29, 2019 at 3:57 pm

      It’s my pleasure!

      • Ghousiya Begum Jaffar Basha on January 31, 2019 at 7:16 am

        Can u tell me instead of vodka what else can I put?

        • Gemma Stafford on February 2, 2019 at 8:13 pm

          yes you can use glycerin, a sugar syrup.

          • Nithi on February 8, 2019 at 12:31 am

            Hi Gemma! How long would it last on the shelf if we were to use glycerin?

            • Gemma Stafford on February 8, 2019 at 2:14 am

              Hi Nithi,
              these are called glycerites. When properly prepared, with the right ingredients, they will last for more than a year! It depends on what you are extracting the flavor from. Fresh leaves will need to be strained out after a few weeks.
              I hope this is of help,
              Gemma 😉



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