When baking people look at several factors before starting, what is the cost, do I have all the ingredients handy and how healthy is it. Extracts today fall into 3 categories. They can be completely composed of artificial ingredients, made with real ingredients but other things have been added or 100% pure extract. The last group is the most expensive but tastes the best. What if you could make your own at a fraction of the cost? The process is the same whatever flavor you want to make, but this time I am making cherry.
Cherries 1 cup
I purchase the cheapest vodka I can find, I don’t think it makes a huge difference to buy the pricier brands. I will add that I don’t drink so if you know a particular brand is significantly better, use it by all means.
In this case I am only making up a single jar, but if I were to make some for Christmas gifts I would do several. Pit cherries and cut in half and place 1 cup into a quart sized Mason jar. Cover with vodka until full and place on the lid and ring. Get it good and tight because you don’t want I to leak.
Do not toss the vodka bottle! Once the extract is ready it will be strained and out back into it. This makes using it significantly easier than taking it out of a quart jar. If however you intend to give it as gifts, small bottles can be purchased online.
Place the mason jar into a brown paper bag and leave it in a cool and dark place. Ever few weeks give it a good shake. Allow the cherries to flavor the alcohol for at least 3 months. The longer you leave it, the stronger the flavor will be. Use as you would any cherry extract purchased from the store.
Stay tuned for other extracts you can make at home.