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Thursday, October 25, 2012

Homemade Extract Update(10 weeks)

I finally just could not resist opening up my extracts.

Lemon- gets a C+ . Definitely a lemon flavor and smell. Just not as concentrated as I had hoped. However, I am certain it will flavor something I make just fine! Plus, I don't always have a safe clean organic lemon on hand when I need it, hoping a splash of this will work.

Peach- Not sure how to grade it! It "tastes" a little peachy, but definitely has a unique floral undertone. Not sure how vodka and peach combine to make floral, but surely I will find a use for it? I spilled some on my hands and wow, it smelled just divine even after washing! So maybe I can add it to a homemade lotion? Soap? Some international inspired dessert that calls for rose water? Who know! It is bottled on the shelf though, if you have any good ideas, let me know! :-)

Coffee- A+. Literally "black magic". Potent, strong and insanely coffee flavored. Hands down my favorite. I "spiked" a cup of coffee with it and transformed my cup of cheap Joe into some extreme coffee house blend! LOL This I have plans for.. thinking coffee flavored coconut whipped cream, inside a coconut crepe.. Of course I will have to make a batch of coffee coconut ice cream. If you are wanting to make your own extracts you really ought to add coffee to your list. Fill a pint jar 1/2 to 3/4 full of coffee beans of your choice then fill the jar with potato vodka, shake 1 time a week for 6-10 weeks and you will be thrilled with the results.

Vanilla- I have used a bit, but really needs another month. This was my whole reason for starting this extract experiment. Commercial extracts either are loaded with chemicals that make Abby sick, and/or made with grain alcohol which 99 percent of the time if not more, means CORN! YUCK! The vanilla takes a long time. It only gets stronger each week. Next time, I will just jam a bunch of good quality cut vanilla beans right into the bottle, we use a lot of vanilla in everything.

Almond- the only one I did not mess with yet. I will get to it. Abby really cannot have nuts so not something I need to flavor her food, but I am curious how strong it will be for the rest of us, we are huge fans of anything almond flavored.

Extracts should be kept in dark bottles. I found these bottles on Amazon and they were perfect. Will I do it again? Absolutely.


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