Homemade Lemon Extract

I'm hooked. Hooked on making my own extracts! Since I first made my Madagascar Vanilla Extract, I've been making them on and off, trying to use up my vanilla beans! I have enough Vanilla Extract to last me a lifetime!! I still have some vanilla beans in my freezer, keeping them well and secretly.

Using the same method as I made my vanilla extracts, I made a small bottle of lemon extract.
Recipe for Lemon Extract

3 Lemons
90g (Absolut) Vodka

  1. Prepare a clean small bottle with cork stopper.
  2. Zest the lemons well.
  3. Put the zest into the clean bottle.
  4. Pour the vodka into the bottle. Make sure that all the zest are submerged in vodka.
  5. Store for at least 2 weeks before using.
You may refer to another recipe here.

So are you convinced of making your own extract now?


Cathysjoy said...
August 22, 2011 at 8:31 PM

Aiyo, you should do this earlier... cos I had thrown away my vodka ;P

passionbaker said...
August 22, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Oh, what a waste! Why did you throw away your vodka? I thought alcohol can keep for years?

HoneyBeeSweets said...
August 22, 2011 at 8:42 PM

Jane, where did you get your small glass bottles? I've been hunting for them for awhile now. Thanks!

passionbaker said...
August 22, 2011 at 8:54 PM

HBS, aren't they useful? Unfortunately, I'm like you, hunting all over Singapore but can't get them. I bought them when I was in Hong Kong last year...

Anncoo said...
August 22, 2011 at 9:51 PM

So easy? I must make this lemon extract and vanilla extract too.
Thanks for sharing, Jane :)

Cathysjoy said...
August 22, 2011 at 11:17 PM

I dun take alcohol ;)

Juphua said...
August 23, 2011 at 12:33 AM

Nothing like homemade lemon extract! Thanks for sharing! Will make this.

passionbaker said...
August 23, 2011 at 9:06 AM

Yes Ann, it's just that easy! You'll really have to make it since you bake a lot too!

Edith said...
August 23, 2011 at 9:48 AM

Jane, didn't know it is so easy. Thanks for sharing.

passionbaker said...
August 23, 2011 at 11:17 AM

Most welcome Juphua. I'm sure ypu'll get hooked, like me. :)

passionbaker said...
August 23, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Most welcome to share, Edith. :)

passionbaker said...
August 23, 2011 at 4:46 PM

I also don't take. I only use them for baking! :p

Momevans4x said...
October 31, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Thank you! Just made another 1/2 gallon batch vanilla and ready to move to something new. Lemon extract!! Just one thing... you shoudn't store vanilla beans in the freezer or fridge... only in the pantry well wrapped or in a tightly sealed glass jar... not trying to be nosy though. ;-) Were you happy with the strength of your lemon extract?

passionbaker said...
October 31, 2011 at 9:14 AM

Hi Momevans4x,
Thanks for your information. I only realised that I shouldn't store in the freezer after I kept it there. :( Was told by someone to store in freezer.
You're right, the lemon extract was not intense enough. Any idea to intensify it? I will try adding more lemon zest to it! :p Thanks for your info tho!

CarolAnn said...
July 6, 2012 at 12:44 PM

I received some Tahitian beans, when I ordered my Madagascar beans. They said they had a fruity/floral scent and taste. I wasn't sure I would like it so I made just a small bottle. If you haven't tried the Tahitian beans, I strongly recommend it. It is fantastic and smells so good. I've also made lemon and orange. I just did it for fun and to give away. Now, like you I am hooked on it. I enjoy making stuff and people think I'm a genius. Ha. You know how simple it is, but I just take the compliments. I enjoy your blog! One tip I have for making your own vanilla...dont use a plastic container. Glass gives much better results. I think the oil in the beans get all gunked up in the plastic.

passionbaker said...
July 9, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Hi CarolAnn, thanks for your recommendation. I'll look for opportunity to get the Tahitian beans. I've always thought Madagascar beans will be the best and sought after.
Yes, I made all my extracts in glass bottles, and I specific buy them for my extracts. Thanks for your info. I agree with you that the oil in the beans will get gunked up in plastics. Not worth to put them in plastics as they're so precious to us! ;) Happy "extracting"!

Harpreet Sidhu said...
December 10, 2012 at 1:50 AM

try poonhuat! you can find pretty much any extract there

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