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By Pastry Girl10/18/2011
If you use the seeds from the very center of peaches, nectarines, and apricots you can easily make your own almond extract. Don't worry about the cyanide content as your not likely to drink an entire 32oz bottle of extract (yuck).
Some sites say to heat the stones to detoxify them but you really don't want to heat these because they loose the essential flavor oils when you toast them. I usually do about a half a cup of chopped "seeds" to 32oz of vodka. the longer you wait the better the flavor. I leave the stone seeds in until I've used up the extract.all you need do is break open the "stones" and use the meat or seed in the very center.
Place the stones sandwiched between a towel and then with a mallet or hammer break the seeds open, I use the flat side of a meat cleaver and a very hard sturdy table or floor. I'm often found in the basement on the concrete floor. It will be messy but worth the amount of effort. coarsely chop up the seeds and add to the vodka. Enjoy!
By it's.only.me 05/06/2010
I have made it but have not tried it. I believe I read about how to make it on Thrifty Fun. I washed and dried several peach pits and allowed them to soak in vodka for a few weeks. It smells good but I haven't tasted it.
But I also did read something about peach pits being toxic. So I am hesitant to try it. Maybe someone has more information about this.
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I'm currently making my first batch of homemade vanilla extract using 1 3/4 c white rum (is that bad to use white instead of dark?), 1/4 c distilled water and 6 sliced bourbon vanilla beans to sit for 8 weeks, shaken once a day. I hope it works out, but now I'm wondering about making my own almond extract. I know I have to make it with an alcohol base and edible almond oil, but I don't know exactly how or where to get edible almond oil (I read that bitter almond oil has a better, stronger flavor for cooking). Any help there?
Char from Idaho
You can get sweet almond extract at the following link:http://www.iherb.com/ProductsList.aspx?c=1&cid=2060&gclid=CK_27vPmn5ICFQIgPAodMkSpQg
As far as vanilla extract, I've been making it for many years trying different ways, different liquors. As long as your using liquor you're safe, lol. But what I've found to be the best is to use half vodka and half single barrel malt whiskey, use a mix of bourbon and madagascar beans. I personally use stolichnaya vodka and jack daniels single barrel malt whiskey. This half and half mixture gives a robust flavor to your vanilla. I would love to swap ideas anytime. Please feel free to email me. (03/21/2008)
By scott_keys66 AT yahoo.com
Can someone tell me how to make homemade almond extract?
During the fall season we have tons of Hickory and Black Walnuts that drop their fruits like crazy and so I'll probably be making both Hickory and Black Walnut extracts if I see that the other nut extracts have worked out. Also, I grow herbs in the garden and will try to make extracts using Mint, Oregano, Rosemary, Lemon Balm and Lavender.
7 months ago I started a Vanilla Extract process using Madagascar Vanilla bean and Everclear - later learning that Everclear probably wasn't the best choice, but, after making some banana Nut Bread using that extract, I see that it still turned out well. I felt inspired after reading so many different articles about which alcohol to use for the extraction base that I now have three different kinds of Vanilla Extract going Using Madagascar Vanilla Bean for each different liquor, I am using Dark Rum (because instinctively I thought it might turn out sweeter, though I have no clue for sure!), Vodka and Brandy.
I want to taste test each in various baked goods to see which one I prefer for which food item. It's just a lot fun. :) The main thing I am hoping to do is to make Christmas baskets in 2009 using the many different extracts, for all my family and friends. Vanilla Sugar, Vanilla Coffee, Vanilla Extract, Orange Extract, Lemon Extract, Ginger, Cinnamon, Hazelnut and Almond, Black Walnut and Hickory Nut...as well as some of the herbs I have in my garden like Onion Extract and Garlic Extract, Oregano and Mint extracts. All this can be done using alcohol and will make attractive gift baskets.
I'm having a ball with all of this and I think that's probably most of the point. My thing is that I am learning how to do things the way they were done before life was about convenience. There was once a time when there weren't stores to run to to get what we wanted...we had to make do with knowing how to be self sufficient with what nature had available. That is my goal. :) Take care all. (02/23/2009)
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