7 Flavored Extracts You Can Easily Make At Home

Since many store-bought extracts infamously contain the controversial ingredient propylene glycol, it is perhaps high time you made your own extracts at home, which will be both healthier and save you a ton of money.

The FDA has designated this component “generally regarded as safe,” yet it can be found in a number of items that might make you think twice about just how “safe” it really is. Some of these items are plastics, paint, cosmetics, and smoke and fog for firefighter training.

So, it really is up to you now to make your own, propylene glycol-free extracts at home for your own enjoyment, or wrap it in decorative paper and add a ribbon and you have the perfect homemade gift. Below are several extract recipes you should try.

1. Vanilla Extract

You can use vanilla extract in your smoothies and coffee or for flavoring your desserts. It will also make an excellent addition to your French toast butter and organic plain yogurt.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup rum
  • 3 Madagascar Bourbon vanilla beans, whole
  • One glass jar with a lid

Instructions

Put the beans and rum in the bottle and leave them in a cool, dark place for about eight weeks. After, remove the vanilla beans and the extract is ready to use.

2. Coconut Extract

If you are a fan of things tropical, then a coconut extract in your drink, bread, syrup, sauce, and smoothies will be quite the supplement.

Ingredients

  • 1 and a half cups freshly minced coconut
  • 2 cups vodka
  • glass jar with a lid

Instructions: 

Put all ingredients in the glass jar, seal it and shake. Make sure you shake it every second day for about a month. After one month passes, strain the extract into a new, clean glass jar or bottle.

3. Almond Extract

Who doesn’t like almonds? It’s sweet, nutty taste is incomparable, and the extract might even be better.

Almond extract is excellent for baked goods, but you may also add it in your oatmeal, rice, in smoothies, tea, and coffee. It is very easy to make and you would be surprised just how tasty it is.

Ingredients

  • 12 whole raw almonds with their husks removed
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • 16 oz. vodka
  • A glass jar with lid

Instructions

Place the almonds and vanilla bean inside the glass jar and sip in the vodka over the almonds. As with the previous extract, put the concoction in a cool and dark place for about eight weeks.

Be sure to shake the mix at least twice a week and only open it once the eight weeks have passed. Then strain and pour into another container and close it tight with a lid.

4. Lemon Extract

This is probably the most energizing of all the extracts on this list, and you can use it in your muffins, cakes, pies, coffee, tea…

 Ingredients

  • peel from one lemon
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • ½ cup vodka
  • glass jar with a lid

Instructions

Put all ingredients in the glass jar. Shake the jar gently each day for one to three months. Strain it and it is ready for your enjoyment.

5. Blueberry Extract

It does not necessarily have to be blueberry as you can make an extract from any type of berry such as raspberry, strawberry, cranberry, etc. Use this absolutely mouth-watering extract as topping for organic vanilla yogurt or something else.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup fresh blueberries
  • 1 cup of vodka
  • glass jar with a lid

Instructions

  1. Add the berries and the vodka to the jar
  2. Leave them in the jar in a cool dark place for 8 weeks
  3. Strain and enjoy

6. Gluten – Free Chocolate Extract

There probably isn’t an individual out there who, unless they are allergic, does not enjoy the unique taste of chocolate.

And if you are a true chocolate lover, you will absolutely relish this homemade chocolate extract. It is gluten-free and will make a great topping for your ice cream.

Ingredients

  • One and a half cups potato mash vodka
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder ( dark, if preferred)
  • glass jar with a lid

Instructions

Sip the potato mash vodka into the glass jar. Stir the cocoa powder and place the jar in a dark cupboard. Shake it gently every 4 days for about 6 to 8 weeks. Afterwards strain it and it is ready to use.

7. Peppermint Extract

Nothing discharges a more refreshing scent and taste than peppermint extract, especially if you include it in your cup of tea or cocoa. Peppermint extract is also great in eggnog or in nutritious baked treats.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup fresh peppermint leaves
  • 1 cup of vodka
  • glass jar with a  lid

Instructions

  1. Chop mint leaves and add them to the jar
  2. Pour vodka over the leaves and put on lid
  3. Leave the jar in a cool and dark cabinet for 8 weeks
  4. Strain and enjoy

Some of the benefits of liquid extracts

  • They enable optimum absorption
  • Herbal extracts promote changes in the body a lot faster than other methods of taking herbs
  • They won’t expire any time soon
  • You get to know the taste of the plants
  • Extracts are far more concentrated
  • You can blend different sorts of herbs to make a customized formula
  • They make an excellent supplement in water, juice, or tea
  • They are accessible, healthy, and easy to take.

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