Homemade Hop Extracts

Homemade Hop Extracts may be a new idea to you, but it’s a fun way to really expand your flavour arsenal in the kitchen!

Did you know that I wrote a whole book on cooking with hops? I did! It’s called Hedonistic Hops, and it goes over all kinds of ways you can use hops to flavour your cooking.

You can use almost every part of the hop plant – shoots, leaves, and flowers. One of the most convenient ways to include hop flavouring into your cooking and baking is through the use of homemade* hop extracts, which are very easy to make.

The only ingredient aside from hops is just a neutral alcohol base. This alcohol extracts flavours/ aromas from the hop, without the isomerization of the alpha acids. (The types of acids, isomerization, and details on the different types of hops are all things I go into way more detail in the book, btw). Any good quality vodka will work.

I like to keep a few extracts on hand – usually one that’s more citrussy, one that’s more herbal, etc. My go-to for cooking/baking is my Citra® hop extract. LOVE it. Unlike normal baking extracts – which are normally used exclusively for sweet applications – you can use hop extracts in almost anything – sweet or savoury!

While I’m a purist and like to have single hop extracts, you can have a lot of fun with mixing hop varieties to come up with new favourite flavours.

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Homemade Hop Extracts

Homemade Hop Extracts

Fan of hops? You’ll LOVE my latest cookbook, Hedonistic Hops!

Hops are prized for their ability to impart varied, complex flavours to beer… but did you know they can also be used culinarily? While hops may seem like a bizarre or exotic item to cook with, it’s the same as using other herbs and spices in your kitchen… you just have to know what to do with them. Appetizers, main dishes, beverages.. even desserts can be uplifted with hops!

Even those who are not fans of beer will love the unique flavours that various types of hops can bring to their plate. Floral, earthy, peppery, citrusy… Cooking with hops is a great way to expand your seasoning arsenal!

Homemade Vanilla Extract Recipe

Ah, the best laid plans… or intentions. What is it they say? I don’t know. Got so overwhelmed by scheduling all of the remaining tornado reconstruction over the past couple of days that I had a mini breakdown yesterday. Awesome. Don’t really know up from down today! This has to be done before that, THIS can be done only on weekends… we need a permit for that, and THAT takes X number of days… don’t forget to buy X,Y, and Z before we do THAT… man, it gets overwhelming. Never mind that we’re talking about several major projects – kitchen, bathroom, patio, and deck… concurrently!

So, my big plans to do a week of cookie recipes went right out the window. Sorry about that! If you need a cookie fix, you should invest in the ridiculous shopping list of ingredients required for my “Sweet Ecstasy Cookies” recipe, and make a batch. I swear it’s worth the cost and effort. Insanely addictive!

So I’m planning a special blog entry for tomorrow, and realized that I haven’t posted an extract recipe yet. Well, it comes in handy for tomorrow’s recipe, so here we go – how to make your own vanilla extract at home! (This involves a couple of months of waiting, so plan ahead.)

The first chapter of my first cookbook(“The Spirited Baker“) is all about making ingredients from – and for – liqueurs and cocktails. Sweet and sour mix, various syrups – including homemade grenadine.. SO much better than the store bought versions! – and even various baking extracts.

Just be forewarned: Once you’ve tried fresh, pure, homemade ingredients, you’ll have a very hard time settling for their commercially available counterparts in the future!

Making flavor extracts at home can be rewarding on several levels. It can be more economical, provide a better tasting product, provide *more* of a product (convenience!), and also allow for a greater variety. In addition to being great to use in your own kitchen, homemade vanilla extract makes an excellent gift for the foodies on your holiday list. Present the extract in a pretty bottle, add a vanilla bean for added visual interest, and maybe wrap a ribbon around it. Done!

Homemade Vanilla Extract

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

Homemade Vanilla Extract