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Homemade flavored extracts

Brandy is the author of the food blog, Nutmeg Nanny. In her spare time she enjoys developing recipes, baking and cooking. She is a small town girl who left the corn fields of Ohio for the scenic beauty of the Hudson Valley region of New ...

Homemade is the best!

Making your own extracts has never been easier! You can give them away as gifts or even keep them for yourself! We won't tell!

Homemade Extracts

Making your own flavored extracts is even easier than you could imagine! These three simple recipes can help you keep your favorite flavors in the pantry all year long. Plus, you can always be sure that your homemade extracts are fresh and made with quality ingredients. These adorable little bottles of extract make perfect homemade holiday gifts!

Homemade vanilla extract recipe

Yields 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vodka or bourbon
  • 2 vanilla beans (split down the middle)

Directions:

  1. In a clean jar or bottle, add vanilla beans and pour in vodka or bourbon.
  2. Cover tightly and store in a cool, dark place for at least 4 weeks. Give the bottle a good shake every couple of days.
  3. Extract will last for at least a year.

Homemade orange extract recipe

Yields 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 1 orange peel from a large orange (try to get mostly just the peel not the pith)

Directions:

  1. In a clean jar or bottle, add orange peel and pour in vodka.
  2. Cover tightly and store in a cool, dark place for at least  4 weeks. Give the bottle a good shake every couple of days.
  3. Once extract has reached full flavor, strain out orange peels and store tightly sealed in a bottle with lid.
  4. Extract will last for at least a year.

Homemade almond extract recipe

Yields 1/2 cup

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup vodka
  • 3 tablespoons crushed almonds

Directions:

  1. In a clean jar or bottle, add crushed almonds and pour in vodka.
  2. Cover tightly and store in a cool, dark place for at least  4 weeks. Give the bottle a good shake every couple of days.
  3. Once extract has reached full flavor, strain out almonds (line a strainer with cheesecloth or use a sieve) and store tightly sealed in a bottle with lid.
  4. Extract will last for at least a year.

More homemade treats

Homemade coffee creamer recipe
Homemade soda recipe
Homemade coconut butter recipe

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