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Does dissolved sugar really help to extract fruit flavours?

A few times now I've come across online advice that, when steeping/infusing fruits in liquid to extract their flavours, it helps to add sugar to the solution. As an example this sloe gin Wikipedia ...
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Infusing orange into tea while avoiding bitterness

What precautions should I follow to avoid imparting a bitter taste when infusing orange into my tea by placing the rind in the teapot?
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Why did my mango vodka infusion have a gelatin residue?

Can Mangoes in vodka create their own gelatin? I used overripe mangoes in premium vodka and sealed them in a clean glass jar for 6 weeks. The infusion is delicious but the clear gelatin seemed a bit ...
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How do i select a gin to use in making sloe gin? [closed]

I have some sloes, collected from beside a bridleway in the depths of Essex. Naturally, i wish to make some sloe gin. There are many gins. They can have quite different flavours: Gordon's is brute ...
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How did/do the Russians make carrot tea?

A while ago I read a book about the Russian Civil War (it was Blood on the Snow by Emanuel Litvinoff) in which the characters frequently drank coffee made out of acorns and tea made out of carrots. I ...
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Why does my lime peel-alcohol infusion become cloudy when mixed with water?

Over the past week or so, I've been experimenting with infusing lime peels in alcohol, by: Peel limes Mix with 250mL of 151-proof grain alcohol Let sit for a week Strain through a coffee filter. ...
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Safe to make liqueur from tomato vines?

I was thinking about all my favorite tomato dishes and wondering if there were a way to infuse more tomato flavor into my chili, spagbol, and bloody mary. I've heard that the tomato vine contains a ...
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Food Safety - Infused oil with dried herbs

I know using fresh herbs to infuse oil can be dangerous as the oil might become a breeding ground for botulism. I was wondering, if I first rinse my herbs (or peppers for that matter) and then dry ...
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How to correctly infuse cream into vegetables

I tried to cook a butternut squash curry, and I feel that the squash wasn't exactly "infused" with the sauce. I've had similar experiences with making gratin, and I feel I may be making the same ...
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Why does curry flavor improve overnight (beyond the effects of permeation and infusion)?

The flavor of a curry usually improves overnight. Harsh overtones mellow and disparate elements combine for a richer, more coherent result. Some people think this is just because the flavors from ...
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Is there a compressed gas device designed specifically for creating infusions?

This answer about creating infusions suggests using a compressed gas siphon to quickly infuse liquids with flavours from 'fragile' herbs. The manufacturer of the popular iSi compressed gas siphons ...
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Is Sous Vide Oil Infusion with fresh herbs or garlic a practical technique to avoid botulism risk?

I've been experimenting with flavoring olive oil using dried herbs. So far, I've only used dried herbs in my home infusions because I have read a number of articles which claim there is a botulism ...
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How to prepare a ginger lime drink mixer?

I am trying to prepare a ginger lime (basil) drink mixer. It will be mixed with Whiskey the day of the event. Is it better to prepare a limeade via steeping or a syrup via cooking? Will the acid ...
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When and why would one infuse flavor into sugar for baking?

Listening to The Splendid Table today, the first caller asked how to infuse flavors into her marshmallows. The answer provided was essentially to infuse the sugar, by placing herbs, tea, lemon rind, ...
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How can I infuse alcohol with 'fragile' herbs?

I would like to infuse alcohol (gin specifically) with basil, but basil is quite a fragile plant and doesn't seem to react well to sitting in booze for a few days. I tried muddling basil and putting ...