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Feb 4, 2005 01:27 PM

lemon oil and lemon extract

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what's the difference between lemon oil and lemon extract? i am interested in making lemon cake.

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  1. I think it's be stronger in flavor. When I was making my Christmas cookies, one recipe called for orange peel and one for orange extract, so I just got a bottle of the extract and used it for both. It was MUCH better than peel, and I had planned to try the lemon extract next time the recipe called for peel.

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    1. re: coll

      yeah, i use lemon extract in lemon biscotti and it comes out great. i'll just try the extract for the cake and see how it goes. the recipe only calls for 1/2 tsp.

    2. I looked into this when I was making a buttercream where I wanted a good lemon-y flavor and you just can't add as much lemon juice as would be needed to give it that strong lemon flavor.

      Anyway, IIRC, lemon oil is lemon extract diluted with other oil (e.g. canola or other neutral flavored oil). Lemon extract is (I think) the oil that is in the skin of a lemon, undiluted.


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      1. re: Smokey

        Lemon extract is usually alcohol-based - lemon oil from the skin mixed in alcohol. Some lemon oils are blended oils, lemon oil mixed with a neutral oil . At least one, Boyajian, is pure lemon oil. It's powerful, great stuff, better than extract, particularly in something like a buttercream, where the extract can have an off-taste. But a good quality extract can be fine, especially in baking.

        Boyajian also sells orange and lime oils, and a lovely little gift set with one of each. They are heavenly.

        1. re: curiousbaker

          I have them all--orange is my fav.

        2. re: Smokey
          Caitlin Wheeler

          I don't know where you got your information, but lemon oil is way stronger than lemon extract, which is usually lemon oil diluted in alcohol.

          Check out this link to, and look at lemon extract and oil of lemon


          1. re: Caitlin Wheeler

            Agree--lemon oil is probably 10x stronger.

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