DIY Cooking Extracts

diy extract: lemon mint orange

You cook or bake, right? I’m not thrilled about doing it, but my New Years resolution is become a better cook. With that in mind, I made my own extracts to cook and bake with. I like the homemade version more because I know what’s in it. When you buy from a store, you might be getting extracts with low-grade alcohol and corn syrup. No thanks.

Last year, I made vanilla extract to test it out and I’ve been using it for a year and love it. I didn’t post it because I wanted to try it out first. Now that I know it’s awesome (especially in cookies) it was time to expand my extract-abilities (ha).

If you’re planning to spend more time in the kitchen, or if you already do, make your own extracts. They taste SO much better than store-bought and they last indefinitely.

You only need a few ingredients/supplies and you probably have most of them.

 

diy cooking extract supplies

Homemade extract supplies

Note: you can use whatever fruit or herbs you want to make your extract.

 

fruit and mint leaves for extract

Step 1: peel your fruit and tear your leaves

Use the vegetable peeler to peel the fruit.

If you’re using leaves, rip them up.

If you’re using vanilla beans, cut down the side of each bean.

Places your pieces into the jars.

 

mint lemon and orange with vodka

Step 2: add vodka and shake

Pour vodka into each jar, screw on the lid and shake.

 

diy extract

Let them sit for 5-6 weeks, but make sure you shake them up once a day to release the flavor into the liquid. Store them in a cool, dark place like a pantry or in a cupboard.

Here are some cooking ideas for each:

Clementine extract recipe ideas

  • orange pound cake
  • clementine sugar cookies
  • orange cranberry muffins

Lemon extract recipe ideas

  • lemon chia seed cookies
  • lemon pound cake
  • lemon buttercream icing for cupcakes

Mint extract recipe ideas

  • mint chip sugar cookies
  • mint chocolate chip energy bites
  • mint chocolate brownies
  • mints

Get on Pinterest and do a search for the recipes you’re interested in for some great variations.

Let me know what you think!

 

DIY Cranberry Orange Vodka

homemade cranberry orange vodka

Hello! I hope everyone had a great holiday. I went on a mini hiatus for a few weeks. This December has been particularly stressful and I needed to take a break and recharge my batteries. Anyway, back to the good stuff. I’m sure you all have exchanged your Christmas gifts and are progressing into the new year, but I have a wonderful DIY gift for you guys. If you have a week, or even a few days, until you’re giving someone a gift and you’re still looking for ideas, make your own cranberry orange vodka.

It looks so yummy and it tastes even better. It makes a great gift, especially for those of us who prefer not to receive something that will clutter up the house. You only need a few supplies to make the vodka and you probably have most of them.

 

cranberry vodka supplies

Materials for Orange Cranberry Vodka

  • 12 oz cranberries
  • 2 orange peels
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • vodka
  • glass jar with airtight lid
  • saucepan

 

Step 1: cook the cranberries

Pour the cranberries, sugar and vanilla extract into the saucepan and cook on high until the cranberries burst. It should only take about 5 mins.

Take it off the burner and let it cool for about 10 mins.

 

orange vodka

Step 2: infuse the orange peel in vodka

Drop the orange peels into the jar and pour the vodka over it.

You can use whatever vodka you like, but I used Pinnacle, about half the bottle.

 

cranberry orange vodka jar

Step 3: combine the cranberry mixture and orange vodka

Pour the vodka mixture into the jar with the orange peel and vodka. Shake well.

 

homemade cranberry orange vodka

Step 4: let it infuse

Refrigerate the jar for 3 days to a week and give it a good shake occasionally to get all of the juices flowing.

When ready, strain the mixture and put your vodka in a new jar. You’re ready to gift it! Make sure you give it to someone who is going to appreciate it.

Happy infusing!