To make DIY cooking extracts, you will need a few essential ingredients and supplies:
- Alcohol (vodka, rum, or brandy are common choices)
- Flavorings (such as vanilla beans, citrus peels, or herbs)
- Glass jar with a tight-fitting lid
- Cheesecloth or coffee filter
Here is a basic recipe for making your own extract:
- Choose your flavoring ingredient and wash it thoroughly. Mash it up nicely if you use a soft fruit like berries or a banana. If you use a tricky ingredient, such as a vanilla bean or citrus peel, chop it into small pieces.
- Place the flavoring ingredient in a glass jar and add enough alcohol to cover it completely.
- Seal the jar tightly and store it in a cool, dark place for at least one week or up to several months. The longer you let the extract infuse, the stronger the flavor will be.
- After the extract has been infused for the desired time, strain it through a cheesecloth or coffee filter to remove any solids.
- Transfer the extract to a clean, labeled bottle and store it in a cool, dark place. It will keep for several months to a year.
Remember to use your extract sparingly, as a little goes a long way. You can use it in any recipe that calls for extract, or to add flavor to cakes, cookies, frosting, and more. Enjoy!
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