Making Homemade Extracts

I have been making my own deodorant for about 3 years now; grain alcohol or vodka with lemon oil.  Costs me only a couple of dollars a year and works really well, and is non-toxic.

Then it hit me that I could also make my own extracts to bake with as the store bought kind are very expensive.  I Googled some recipes and came one of my favorite websites came up; Common Sense Homesteading.  You’ll love the site!  Here’s the recipes for lemon extract, and the link to others…

How to Make Homemade Lemon Extract

lemon zest for homemade extract

Place zest, sugar and vodka in a lidded, glass jar.

Shake the bottle once a day for at least a month, and you have homemade lemon extract. I usually aim for two to three months. The flavor will improve with age.

Strain the finished extract through cheesecloth, a coffee filter or a flour sack towel to filter and place in a dark bottle.

Store in a cool, dark location.

Vanilla and Almond Extract recipes are here- Common Sense Homesteading

3 Comments on “Making Homemade Extracts”

  1. Thanks for sharing the link to my post. 🙂

    Clifford – I talk about various sorts of herbal infusions in this post –


  2. clifford okolie says:

    I want to know how to make good home made extracts of different flowers and plant as much as is possible.


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