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peppermint oil

tweetie Dec 10, 2008 01:39 PM

Planning to make peppermint patties for Christmas and the recipe I may use calls specifically for peppermint oil, not extract. Any idea where I can buy this in the Boston area and if you've made these before, do you think extract will do the trick? Thanks.

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    Velda Mae Dec 11, 2008 05:29 AM

    I just got peppermint oil at Whole Foods. Sur la Table at the Chestnut Hill Mall also carries some flavored oils but I'd call ahead before going there. I wouldn't use extract because the flavor won't be concentrated enough. Extracts burn off at high heats but oils retain their flavors, which is why they're used for candymaking.

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      Delicafancy Dec 10, 2008 05:09 PM

      I think extract would work fine. But another place you can try is a healthfood store or local food co-op or big chain organic grocers. They have "essential oils" made from nearly every plant used for food or medicinal purposes. And the best part is that you are getting pure healthy oils, not synthetic products made to immulate what nature has to offer. Extract is good too, as long as its not imitation. Essesntial oils can be kind of expensive, but a bottle will last you forever, which makes it totally worth the extra money. Essential oils can also be used for aromatherapy or put into homemade soaps or facial and skin products. Peppermint oil is a good way to liven you up in the mornings, and it can also get rid of a headache. Okay, I told you everything I know about Peppermint Oil. Cheers and good luck!

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        tweetie Dec 11, 2008 05:32 AM

        Oh my! Thanks so much for all the information and suggestions. I'll be on a mission today to buy my first bottle of the minty stuff. Wondering if Whole Foods might carry it too.

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        rockycat Dec 10, 2008 04:37 PM

        If you have a Michael's, AC Moore, or a local equivalent, check their cake decorating aisle. LorAnn makes flavoring oils and extracts and I believe I got mine from AC Moore.

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          nemo Dec 10, 2008 04:05 PM

          A local cake and candy supply place will have small vials of oil. Check the Yellow Pages.

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            CocoaNut Dec 10, 2008 03:45 PM

            try your local drugstore......... the pharmacy.

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