Wednesday, February 22, 2017

More Homemade extracts

Lemon, Lemons, Fruit, Citrus Fruit

While writing about making your own vanilla extract, I wondered if creating other extracts would be just as easy.  The answer is YES.  Lets look at making a few more flavorings at home.

Lemon Flavoring.
Step 1:  Wash 2 to 3 lemons,
Step 2: Cut the yellow skins off the lemons.  Try not to have any pith on it.
Step 3:  Add the lemon skins to a jar.
Step 4: Cover with 1 cup of Vodka.
Step 5: Make sure the lemon skin is submerged totally and place a cap on it.
Step 6: Let set 4 to 6 weeks. Shake at least 2 times a week.
Step 7: Strain out the liquid and use this to flavor.

Now for the Peppermint extract.

Mint, Peppermint, Leaves, Green, Herb  If you are interested in making your own, you'll need about 1 cup of fresh mint leaves.

Step 1:  1 cup of mint leaves packed.  No stems.

Step 2: Place the leaves in a jar.
Step 3: Cover with 1 cup vodka.
Step 4: Place lid on jar and tighten the lid.
Step 5: Let steep for 4 to 6 weeks.
Step 6: Strain the leaves out before using.

Orange Extract.
Oranges, Tree, Leaves, Green, Leaf  To make orange extract, you would do about the same things as you would for lemon extract.  You take the skin or zest from the orange, place in a jar, over with 1 cup of vodka, cover and set for 4 to 6 weeks.  Be sure to shake occasionally.

When done, strain the orange zest out and use.

Have fun and let me know what you think.  Enjoy.

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