I know what you're saying, the materials needed costs more than the extract does, but really it's just barely more expensive. My bottle of vodka was $9.99. Those materials can be used to make so many things as well, like more extracts. As an added bonus, I knew what was in it too.
After my easy success how could I not try to make other extracts? After all, I already had the vodka and so many other ones can be made with stuff you already have in your home. Some of which most people even consider trash!
I did several different experiments using this so called garbage. I used lemon peels to make lemon extract, grapefruit peels to make grapefruit extract, orange peels to make orange extract, and the pineapple skin to make pineapple extract. I also made walnut and coconut extracts. Following are the procedures I used to make them.
For my citrus extracts I placed about 1/4 cup of peels (minus the bitter white pith) into a half pint canning jar. Added a 1/2 cup of 80 proof vodka and let sit in a dark place (in my kitchen cabinet) for a couple of months. Don't forget to shake daily.
I had WAY more pineapple than I needed so I just filled the jar loosely with pineapple skin scraps and topped with vodka and followed the same procedure.
The nuts I used 1/4 cup of nuts cut finely chopped and 1/2 cup vodka. Same procedure as above.
I think my next experiments are going to be almond and mint extract!
My friends have also asked me how I use these extracts. I use them mostly in baked goods such as pies, cakes, pudding, flavoring frosting and ice cream, etc. I bet they would also be great in a drink like coffee, tea, cocoa, or home made soda or in jellies.
Thank you for stopping by to chat with me. Please leave me a message, I'd love to hear your thoughts! Cindy