Lemon extract is a delicious addition to pound cakes and many other baked goods, but it can be a bit on the pricey side. Learn how to make your own, and you’ll never have to settle for the imitation stuff. Here’s how:
How to Make Lemon Extract
To make your own lemon extract you will need:
- Vodka (the cheapest bottle you can find)
- (2) small, organic lemons (or one large lemon)
- A vegetable peeler
- A pint canning jar
- Brown glass bottles
Step 1: Zest your lemons. You want the outer peel, but as little of the white pith as possible.
Step 2: Stick your lemon zest in the bottom of a canning jar, and pour a cup of vodka over top of it. Make sure the zest is fully submerged.
Step 3: Screw the lid on the jar, and store in a cool, dry place for at least two weeks (longer is even better).
Step 4: Transfer your finished lemon extract (minus the zest) to brown glass bottles. The dark glass will maximize the shelf life of your extract.
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- Stick with organic lemons, since you’ll be using the peel
- Prefer to use alcohol-free extracts? Just replace the vodka with three parts food-grade liquid glycerin and one part water
- Homemade lemon extract makes a great gift. Make an extra batch (or several) to share with your friends and family
- Save the brown bottles from store-bought extracts, and refill them with your own extracts
- You can also make your own orange, peppermint and vanilla extract