Admittedly, I am both a bit picky and frugal. So I really like to make basic pantry items myself. It's so much less expensive, you know the quality of the ingredients, and if you have food allergies you know they are truly allergy free!
|Making your own extracts ensures they are allergy free!|
In my cookbooks I have recipes for a wide variety of flavored oils, vinegars, spice blends and even salt blends. But I have never developed recipes for any culinary extracts.
A few days ago I was looking through some Pinterest boards and found these 2 great sites with detailed directions for Peppermint Extract and Vanilla Extract.
I love them both! It's amazing to me how just a few drops of vanilla extract in a smoothie, ice cream or chocolate sauce can elevate the flavor from good to fantastic! I find its scent intoxicating . . .
I actually use peppermint extract virtually everyday. When I hit my mid-afternoon energy lull, rather than reaching for a cup of coffee or tea, I add a few drops to a glass of water for a refreshing drink. It revives my energy level and my immune system at the same time. Peppermint is one of those "wonder herbs" because it's naturally anti-microbial!
I hope you are inspired by these lovely recipes and photos to go put your apron on and have some fun making REAL FOOD in your own kitchen!
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2011
Homemade Peppermint Extract
1 glass jar with a lid
Fresh Peppermint Leaves
Wash your peppermint leaves to remove all the dirt and bugs. Gently dry them with a towel. Fill your jar 3/4 of the way full with the leaves and stems. Cover with vodka and screw on lid. Shake every day for 4 to 6 weeks and your peppermint extract will be ready to use.
|The finished product, not as pretty as when it started|