Homemade Strawberry Extract Recipe: A Delicious and Versatile Addition to Your Kitchen

Are you a fan of clean, organic flavors? Do you enjoy adding a burst of natural sweetness to your recipes? If so, then you’ll love this homemade strawberry extract recipe. Made with freeze-dried strawberries and your favorite spirit, this extract is not only easy to make but also incredibly versatile. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a culinary enthusiast, this strawberry extract will elevate your dishes and take them to the next level. Read on to discover how to make this delectable extract and explore its various uses.

What You’ll Need

To make your own strawberry extract, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • 1 oz of freeze-dried strawberries
  • 8 oz of vodka (35%-50% alcohol content)
  • 1 vanilla bean

Instructions

Follow these simple steps to create your very own homemade strawberry extract:

  1. Add 1 oz of broken/crumbled freeze-dried strawberries into a glass jar, preferably 8 oz or larger. Ensure that the fruit fits into the jar and that the spirit covers it entirely. Breaking and crumbling the fruit will allow for more surface area contact with the spirit, resulting in faster extraction.

  2. Pour 8 oz of your favorite spirit, preferably a light one, into the jar. Some fruit pieces may float, but that’s perfectly fine.

  3. Fold or tie one whole vanilla bean and place it on top of the fruit in the jar. The vanilla bean not only softens the bite of the spirit but also beautifully blends the spirit and fruit together. For an extra kick of flavor, you can also add 1 or 2 broken cinnamon sticks to the jar.

  4. Close the lid tightly and store the jar in a cool, dark place for 8 weeks. During this time, the fruit will darken in color, which is perfectly normal.

  5. After 8 weeks, pour the extract through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any fruit chunks, crumbs, and particles. Be sure to firmly press out as much extract as possible from the fruit. Freeze-dried fruit acts like a sponge and absorbs a lot of the alcohol, so take your time to extract every ounce of liquid from the fruit.

  6. Note that after straining, you may end up with only 4-6 oz of finished extract, even though you started with 8 oz of alcohol. This is because the freeze-dried fruit absorbs a significant amount of the alcohol. The resulting extract will have a double-fold, extremely sweet taste.

  7. If you desire an even sweeter taste, you can repeat the extraction process with a new batch of freeze-dried strawberries. Make sure to top off the alcohol after the first extraction to begin the second extraction with 8 full ounces of spirit. Just like the first extraction, the second one may yield 4-6 oz of finished extract with an intense sweetness.

  8. You can keep the vanilla bean in the jar for as long as you wish, or until it is no longer submerged. Once removed, you can use it to make vanilla powder, vanilla sugar, or even start a mother jar.

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Once you’ve made your first batch of strawberry extract, you’ll discover a whole new world of possibilities. This recipe serves as a great foundation for creating other fruit extracts, allowing you to explore endless flavor combinations. Check out our extract-recipe center and our vanilla extract how-to guide center for more valuable information to ensure each extract turns out perfectly.

Versatile Uses of Freeze-Dried Fruits

In addition to creating extracts, freeze-dried fruits offer a range of other culinary possibilities. Here are just a few ideas to inspire your creativity:

  • Healthy snacks: Enjoy freeze-dried fruits as a nutritious and delicious snack on their own.
  • Trail mix: Add freeze-dried fruits to your favorite trail mix recipe for a burst of flavor and texture.
  • Garnish on frostings/pastries: Sprinkle freeze-dried fruits on top of frostings and pastries to add a pop of color and flavor.
  • Fruit smoothies: Blend freeze-dried fruits into your favorite smoothie recipes for added natural sweetness.
  • Cereal topping: Sprinkle freeze-dried fruits on your breakfast cereal to enhance its taste and provide a satisfying crunch.

With freeze-dried fruits, the possibilities are endless. Get creative and enjoy the vibrant flavors they bring to your dishes.

FAQs

Q: Where can I purchase freeze-dried strawberries?
A: You can find freeze-dried strawberries online at Tims Family Farm. Check out their website at Tims Family Farm to explore their selection of clean, organic freeze-dried fruits.

Q: How long can I keep the strawberry extract?
A: When stored in a cool, dark place, your strawberry extract can last for several years. However, for optimal flavor, we recommend using it within one to two years.

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Q: Can I use fresh strawberries instead of freeze-dried strawberries?
A: While fresh strawberries can be used, freeze-dried strawberries provide a more intense and concentrated flavor. Additionally, using freeze-dried fruit eliminates the need to worry about spoilage or water content affecting the extract.

Conclusion

Making your own homemade strawberry extract is a rewarding and flavorful experience. By using freeze-dried strawberries and your favorite spirit, you can create a clean, organic extract that will enhance the taste of your recipes. From sweet desserts to refreshing beverages, this versatile extract is a must-have in every kitchen. So why not give it a try? Visit Tims Family Farm for all your freeze-dried fruit needs, and embark on a culinary journey that will delight your taste buds.