So I did what anyone would do when they want to know something....I looked on the internet!
After doing some research, I was ready to try my hand at making some of my own extracts. After a bit of experimentation, I came up with a few that I thought were really delicious. Some I never could get right, like coconut, so I am still working on them, but here are the ones that I am rather proud of:
Take a 16 ounce jar and sterilize it by boiling or dishwasher
Combine the ingredients (you do not need to heat)
Screw on the lid tightly and shake well
Place in a cool dark area like a closet or basement
Allow two to three weeks to steep, shake well every few days
Remove lid and strain through cheesecloth or other such material
Pour strained contents into a clean container with a tight lid
Does not need to be refrigerated.
Pretty simple, eh? The resulting extracts are potent and very flavorful. They are great for bake goods or drinks, but be careful not to use too much. They also make wonderfully thoughtful gifts for friends and relatives that cook. I love giving homemade items for presents, I think that they are much more heartfelt.
Have a great week!