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Make Your Own Homemade Extracts

Did you know that it’s really easy to make your own extracts from fresh herbs, nuts, and fruits? These are great alternatives to extracts you can buy at your local grocery store, which may contain corn syrup or artificial flavors. Homemade extracts also make great gifts around the holidays!

The basic idea is to steep ingredients like nuts, zests, or leaves in an alcohol that will absorb flavors over time, leaving you with delicious flavors that are easy to add to any recipe. These liquid extracts can be stored in medium mason jars, or 2 oz. glass jars, with screw-top lids which make for good storage in small spaces or as cute gifts! 

Hazelnut Extract

  • 1 cup hazelnuts (toasted/skins removed)
  • 1 split vanilla bean
  • 3/4 C vodka

Directions:

Add hazelnuts to a jar, add vodka, vanilla seeds, and vanilla bean. Close and infuse for 3-4 weeks, shaking once daily. Strain hazelnuts from extract, and sweeten the liquid with a dash of simple syrup, if needed.

Almond Extract

  • 1 cup almonds (freshly ground, toasted)
  • 1 split vanilla bean
  • 3/4 C vodka

Directions:

Add almonds to a jar, add vodka, vanilla seeds, and vanilla bean. Close and infuse for 3-4 weeks, shaking once daily. Strain hazelnuts from extract, and sweeten the liquid with a dash of simple syrup, if needed.

Lemon Extract

  • 1 medium lemon rind (all white pith removed)
  • 1/4 C water
  • 1/2 C vodka

Directions:

Chop up rind and pour it into a jar with water and vodka. Store in a cool dry place for one week. Strain out the lemon peel before using.

Orange Extract

  • 1 medium orange rind (all white pith removed)
  • 1/4 C water
  • 1/2 C vodka

Directions:

Chop up rind and pour it into a jar with water and vodka. Store in a cool dry place for one week. Strain out the orange peel before using. 

Peppermint Extract

  • 1/4 C peppermint leaves (dried and finely chopped)
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1/2 C vodka

Directions:

Place peppermint leaves, vodka, and water in a jar. Close and infuse for three weeks, shaking the jar lightly once a day. Strain out leaves before using.


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