Orange Extract

Orange extract.

I absolutely love using orange extract in the chilly winter months, when we’re all longing for a little warmth and vibrancy. When making an extract using citrus fruit, don’t allow the mixture to marinate for more than three or four days before filtering it, as it will create an overly acidic flavor. When zesting citrus, be sure not to peel into the white pith under the skin, as it’s extremely bitter.

Yields | 1 cup |

  • zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cup vodka

| Preparation | Add zest to a Mason jar. Pour vodka over top and seal jar with lid. Let zest and vodka marinate for three to four days.

Line a fine-mesh sieve with a coffee filter and strain extract. Package in a brown or dark-colored glass jar with an eyedropper lid to preserve both flavor and color.

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Julia Calleo is a freelance photographer for editorial magazines including Feast. She is also a food and prop stylist at a commercial production studio and blogger in St. Louis.

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