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Removing alcohol from maple extract

I would like to remove the alcohol, or as much as is reasonable, from maple extract. I plan to use this for flavoring cold foods, and don't want the alcohol taste. I have thought to do this by ...
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How much vanilla can alcohol extract before the solution is "saturated"? How do I reach that point?

I'm looking into making my own vanilla extract from vanilla beans and alcohol (37.5% or there-abouts). I want to try to make the extract as strong as possible. The idea is simple enough - put the ...
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Vanilla extract with pure alcohol

Nearly every recipe for making vanilla extract suggests the use of Vodka, or an alternative alcoholic beverage with a high alcohol content (typically 35%+), such as Rum or Bourbon. However, the ...
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Can you make extracts faster by heating the alcohol?

I tried making cherry extract recently by storing cherries and vodka in a jar, but after 2 weeks, it was more like cherry flavored vodka than extract. Some extract recipes I've seen suggest letting ...
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How to make elderberry extract

i have some fresh elderberries and i was thinking of making an extract with them, how would I do this, i know you have to leave it sitting in vodka but at what ratio? for how long? Should I crush the ...
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How to use mint & vanilla extracts when making ice cream?

I want to make frozen yogurt ice cream mixes using mint and vanilla extracts from the grocery store. The problem is, these extracts are made with an alcohol byproduct that is usually evaporated when ...
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Using pistachio paste instead of an extract - what proportion of paste should I use?

While I have a specific baking goal in mind, if there are answers that apply generally to all cooking/baking that'd be great. I have a biscotti recipe that I often adapt with different mix-ins and ...
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Minimum time/temp for clove-flavor infusion?

I'm tweaking a recipe for cooked eggnog. The first step is to bring a combination of milk, light cream, and cloves to a scant boil. After that, the cloves are discarded. I want to see if I can get ...
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Almond extract: oil- or alcohol-based?

Almond extracts can apparently be based on a base oil or on alcohol - what's the functional difference? I was making some almond biscuits (cookies) the other day, decorated with a little almond icing....
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(Safely) Making Rosewater for Cooking

There are a lot of roses in my garden at the moment and I've been wanting to make rose-flavored turkish delight. Looking online, most recipes for rosewater appear targeted towards using it as a ...
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Extracting Menthol using chemistry? [duplicate]

I know this might be an answered question, but how can i extract menthol powder from fresh mint peppermint doesnt really answer my question. I am wondering if i were to get a chemistry set, could i ...
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adding vanilla extract to cooled pudding

I made a pudding from scratch and put it to cool in fridge. Three hours later realized I had forgotten the vanilla! Can I add vanilla to the pudding and whisk it really well? Or just forget about it?
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Is it safe to make extracts from stone fruit pits?

So stone fruit pits I've been told taste a lot like almonds. I've been told that you can make an extract, much like almond extract, out of them as well. I've also heard that stone fruit pits contain ...
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What happened to my egg?

I was making a small batch of chocolate cake and decided to flavor it with peppermint extract (as a substitute for vanilla extract). Foolish me added the extract directly to the eggs (not beaten). A ...
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are syrup more flavorful than powder or similar?

I'm going to make a recipe which includes 45 Grams of vanilla powder 2 Syrup pumps of Fruit syrup (20 Grams) but i'm changing some in the recipe so i will use vanilla extract instead of powder and ...
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How many grams of almonds are in a tsp of almond extract?

How many grams of almonds are in a tsp of almond extract? Looking for equivalency or concentration rations for almonds to almond extract.
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Preventing discoloration when making fresh mint liqueur

Twice I have tried to make a fresh mint liqueur (flavored vodka), and both times it has turned a very unpleasant brown/black color. I'd like to figure out how to do this while keeping the nice bright ...
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Vanilla Extract with and without alcohol

Are there any reputable research regarding ranking of vanilla extracts? I usually buy major retail brand at supermarket. It tastes fine in baking. However, I add it to cream or tea and other non-...
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How to make Menthol crystal from mint leaves? [duplicate]

I have peppermint/mint growing in my garden backyard. I want to make mint candies for children and in one of the YouTube videos they have menthol crystal as one of the ingredients for mint candies so ...
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How can I extract menthol powder from fresh mint/peppermint?

I have peppermint/mint growing in my garden backyard. I want to make Ice Cream for children and they are asking for some flavour paan ice cream in Hindi (mint ice cream) and for that I want Menthol ...
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Other than US FDA definition, are there other standards for vanilla extracts?

Is there a European standard for example for what could be sold as vanilla extracts? The only definition of concentration and ingredients appears to be in US Code 21 CFR 169.175.
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Is "vanilla extract" the same as "pure vanilla extract"?

My cookie recipe says to use 1 tsp of vanilla extract. I have "pure* vanilla extract. Do I still use 1 tsp of it or should I use less?
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Where to get Chinotto extract?

Chinotto drinks like San Pellegrino and Brio have Chinotto extract as their main ingredient. Where can I get this extract? I've been looking around online, but cannot seem to find a supplier.
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Can I use a flavored liqueur to make vanilla extract?

Is it possible to make the extract with Crème De Cacao instead of vodka? I ask because I have some Crème De Cacao that I used in making a Grasshopper pie, but it is only "17.5"% (35 proof)" I don't ...
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Substitution of root beer concentrate for extract

I'd like to make these root beer float cupcakes. The recipe calls for root beer extract, but I haven't found any locally, and the cost plus shipping on Amazon is a little more than I'd like. I've ...
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How to make hazelnut oil

I want to ask the best way to make hazelnut oil using an oven, a blender, and...cheesecloth? (At this point no online article seems helpful). My plan is to bake hazelnuts at 300 F for 8-15 minutes ...
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Can alcohol extraction be used to draw more of the spice flavors out in chai tea concentrate?

I make chai concentrate by: Quickly boiling ginger puree twice (each time for about 20-30 minutes). Boiling the spices (bruised/coarse-ground) for about an hour, removing the liquid, then repeating ...
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Do Liquor Based Extracts Require Sugar?

I have made my own vanilla extract, without sweetener and I am interested in making others like hazelnut, almond, lemon, mint, etc. The recipes I have found call for vodka and sugar, honey, simple ...
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Do extracts add sweetness or just the flavor?

I really don't know how to best phrase this question, but do extracts add sweetness or just the flavor? That is, what should I expect from an extract? For example, say I put maple extract into milk. ...
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What are the advantages of vanilla sugar?

When/why would one use "vanilla sugar" instead of just plain sugar along with vanilla extract and/or beans/pods, particularly in recipes and baking? Is it just a matter of convenience? I understand ...
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Acmella oleracea (Szechuan buttons) - active chemical for mouth sensation?

I am looking to begin growing Acmella oleracea (Szechuan buttons). I would like to use them directly, and also make extracts specifically to maximize the taste/oral stimulation effect. Apparently ...
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Making lemon oil from vodka

I recently made some lemon oil. Here's how I made it (question at the bottom): I took the zest of about 12 lemons, packed it in a half pint jar, filled it to the top with 80 proof vodka. Left it in ...
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How safe is it to combine flavor extracts?

I experiment a lot with food combinations, and I know enough about their chemistry to avoid the particularly terrible ones. However, I know too little about flavor extracts to apply the same logic. ...
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How do they make Mexican vanilla extract?

I would like to make 'Mexican Vanilla' extract. I have used it for years and now would like to make it.
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Making licorice root syrup or extract

I wanted to make licorice ice cream, but I don't want to use existing licorice candy (which probably contains preservatives, starch, gum etc which I want to add myself if needed). I realized I should ...
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What's the difference between orange extract and orange blossom water?

I bought some extract for dessert making and got the blossom water on a whim, since it was right next to it on the shelf. The blossom water smells a little sharper, but they both taste the same ...
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How can I test my extracts for strength?

I made a couple extracts with Everclear and Buddha's hand and with habanero peppers (not combined). If I want to make some hard candy with them, how can I rough in how much to use so I don't end up ...
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Why should we add alcohol to make extract

Why is alcohol used to prepare extracts, such as mint extract?
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What method of extracting oil from almonds preserves the most almond flavor?

Which would be the best way to extract oil from Almonds preserving the strongest flavour of Almonds?
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homemade mint extract

I've got some mint in the yard (I think it's apple mint, as the leaves are very fuzzy and rounded) from which I'd like to make mint extract. No specific use in mind (except perhaps insect repellent), ...
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How to make pumpkin extract

How do I make an extract to get the flavor of a pumpkin? Should I use pumpkin seeds or fresh pumpkin or maybe even the pumpkin skin? If I use pumpkin, should I dry it out or dehydrate it?
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Is there an easy, at-home method to separate the protein from sweet whey powder?

Sweet whey powder (henceforth "SWP") is a byproduct of making cheese and is a commodity. The protein content of SWP is 13.1% protein by weight. The rest of it is largely sugar (74.5%). See its ...
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What type of rum to use when making vanilla extract?

My mom just bought me some vanilla beans from Tahiti and said that the person she bought them from suggested using rum to make an extract. What type of rum should be used, white or dark rum, and is ...
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What happened to my melted couverture?

I wanted to make mint-chocolate-covered candy. I never worked with couverture, but yesterday it was all I had. I melted the chocolate, cooled it, reheated a bit (tempered), added peppermint extract (...
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How do they extract kernels from sunflower seeds in mass production?

Every time I seed a gunny sack of sunflower seed kernels in a supermarket, I wonder how they are extracted from their seeds. It is very difficult to extract even one of them by hand without smashing ...
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How do I extract coconut milk from coconut meat?

Coconut milk in the local grocery store costs around $1.50 for a small can. Cans of coconut milk that cost less are full of fillers such as extra water and gums to thicken it. Whole coconuts, on the ...
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How can I maximize ginger extraction?

I want to make ginger drinks (bourbon, hot tea, ginger ale). In all cases, I want to create a ginger syrup that I can then add to bourbon, hot water, soda water to get my desired drink. I have tried ...
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What is a substitute for maple extract?

I am making cinnamon rolls with a maple flavoured frosting, however, I am having trouble finding maple extract for the frosting. What can I substitute it with? I have vanilla extract - will it change ...
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