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ISO Homemade Almond Extract Recipe

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gourmet wife Aug 28, 2009 09:48 AM

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?

Thanks!

GW

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    jayaymeye RE: gourmet wife Aug 28, 2009 10:05 AM

    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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      gourmet wife RE: jayaymeye Aug 28, 2009 10:12 AM

      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).

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        jayaymeye RE: gourmet wife Sep 2, 2009 06:39 AM

        Interesting! David Lebowitz just posted this today! http://www.davidlebovitz.com/archives...

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          gourmet wife RE: jayaymeye Sep 10, 2009 09:15 AM

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

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