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Aug 28, 2009 09:48 AM

ISO Homemade Almond Extract Recipe

Hello CHs,
I'm making some apricot jam this weekend and I thought I'd try to make almond extract from the heart of the seeds. Has anyone ever done this with good results? Would the method be similar to making vanilla extract?



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  1. Hmm...I thought that the kernels of apricots, peaches, and even sweet almonds had traces of cyanide in them. I could be wrong...

    BUT, I, too, have been looking for an almond extract recipe. I took some ground almonds and mixed it with vodka (or grain alcohol--no other competing flavors) about a month ago and I'm awaiting the results. So far, not bad, but not done, I think...I plan to filter out the almonds at some point. Or, maybe I'll just leave 'em in and let the sediment stay on the bottom/scoop out the separated extract... (Edited from before)

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    1. re: jayaymeye

      I heard about the cyanide too but apparently if you roast the almond seeds first, it'll be destroyed by the heat. I have nothing to support it, just random readings on the internet.

      I know that with chinese almond dessert soup, it's ground with raw rice to help reduce the cyanide (something to that effect but don't quote me on it).

        1. re: jayaymeye

          I saw that too. I guess I'll just have to keep searching.