Home Made Almond Extract – Without Almonds

IMG_0044 My friend Debby was making vodka infused Apricot kernels aka Noyau the last time I was at her apartment.  I thought it was going to be some kind of beverage, she was putting the kernel from apricot pits into vodka: about 20 pits to 2 cups of vodka. The smell was heavenly.

It wasn’t until I smelled it that I realized what she was really making was Almond Extract. Apricots, Almonds, Peaches, Plums and Cherries all belong to the Prunus family and kernel of each one of these (well except Almonds) has the most intense Almond scent.

For years I have made Vanilla extract by using Vanilla beans that got partly used in baking, putting them in a jar and adding vodka.  It’s kind of like a sour dough starter, I regularly add more vodka and vanilla beans as need be.  Now, thanks to Deb, I have a huge amount of home-made Almond extract.  Guess I’ll have to make some more ice cream!IMG_0049

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I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note: urbanfoodguy@gmail.com
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