Making A Glycerate: (NON-Alcoholic Extract) Combine equal parts pure 100% vegetable glycerin and distilled water to replace the alcohol used in the recipe above. I started drying herbs off in a, Cut your mint with herb scissors or place it in the jar and crush it using a. Extraction is pretty darn simple, while essential oils are generally a product of distillation (a much more in-depth procedure). Thanks for posting these recipes btw! I love mint and have always had extra that goes to waste - this is the perfect solution. If you are sensitive to glycerin, revising the blend ratio may be appropriate to reduce the chance of discomfort when using the extract. It gets even better when combined with baked goods, chocolate, or ice cream! on September 26, 2012: Awesome, K9! I just made myself a couple of jars of this bc I wanted to try one with and one without the honey. I wanted to make mint extract, but almost everything I could find involved alcohol. What's your favorite holiday beverage? Make sure you’ve crushed them some, too. Your article is amazing! My favorite quick and easy recipe is a 5 minute chocolate peppermint cake that is as minty as you choose to make it. When you're ready, take a canning funnel and a coffee filter. It is important to note that when using a glycerin to extract plant elements, the storage time is significantly less than when using an alcohol base solvent. Like you, I have an enormous amount of mint (peppermint, spearmint, and basil) lurking about my garden area. You can keep it seeping up to six weeks. I used the shelf in the snack cupboard. The limits to just how to use homemade peppermint extract is up to you. It sounds like maybe too many leaves? You'll get the same great taste you're used to, without any of the alcohol. @rcrumple~ It is easy to think that an extract is as difficult to make as an essential oil--two very different products and processes! I recommend sanitizing your jar and lid before using them. I had absolutely no idea how to make any type of herbal extract before reading your Hub. Rich from Kentucky on September 26, 2012: Had no idea that these could ever be made without an extensive chemical process. Since 80% alcohol is already diluted with water, the need to dilute the 100% glycerin is necessary to achieve a similar extraction element. @Daisy Mariposa~ How exciting! IS IT SAME LIKE THIS. Who doesn't have a little brown-tinted bottle of some kind of extract in the pantry? Shasta Matova from USA on September 28, 2012: I have peppermint in my yard too and was wondering what else I should do with it. 1 cup of fresh mint leaves or 1/2 cup dried mint leaves, A salad spinner (optional but makes things so much easier! India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on September 27, 2012: @akirchner~ How nice to see you made it by today! Discard the plant material. I don’t keep vodka on hand and didn’t want to have to buy a bottle just for extract. I just tried this with Vanilla (B Grade) to make some extract, and I noticed some green spots on the bits of vanilla. Mine kept for 3 months until it got knocked over and spilled everywhere. Kris Heeter from Indiana on September 26, 2012: What a great "how to" hub with such clear and easy directions. Crush and bruise (this step is important) a 1/2 cup of fresh leaves and dump in the jar with vinegar and water. shared Pinned and Tweeted. When creating your own peppermint extracts—or any kind of extract—there are just a few really important things to remember for the best product and shelf life. Also, can you combine both dried and fresh mint leaves? @L.L. I just added it to some milk and didn’t see the curdling reaction. Put on lid and band and then shake vigorously. Use a funnel to pour extract into appropriate sized jars or containers for storage or gifting. From peppermint candy to herbal tea, this garden wonder has always been one of my favorite flavors. Remove your extract from the water bath, chill, strain through a mesh strainer to remove the mint leaves, and rebottle for storage. Day 1-Pioneer Homemade Christmas-How to make Applesauce without ever touching a knife and Pumpkin Applesauce Cake with Buttermilk Glaze. I am going to try a basil extract this week, it could have a very special and amazing outcome; or a total herbsaster! How To Make A NON-Alcohol Peppermint Extract. Making A Glycerate: (NON-Alcoholic Extract). and add alcohol. Fill the jar with plant material and alcohol. Pour the glycerine mixture over the mint leaves until the jar is full. or I can use the grape vinegar as well ( I also make the grape vinegar at home so it would be all natural and easy ). Thank you so much for this helpful method. Consider how much those bottles cost; each of those tiny little 1 to 4-ounce liquid extracts range anywhere from $4.00 to $8.00 each! Below are the most important things to keep in mind while preparing your extracts. I thought it was terrible. (Hold filter in place or tape it before hand) Squeeze leaves to get the last of the extract from them. Glad you find the hub worthy of commenting! ), 13+ Free Printable Christmas Ornament Templates ». Some commercial extractions are done using acetone or other harsh chemicals. Optional- top with whipped cream and/or marshmallows. I used in coffee, with just a dash of cream and milk, so it didn’t curdle. Tomorrow I am going to try the extract recipe. We’ll see how it turns out I guess. Clean and sort all of the plant material. Would you still be able to taste the vinegar? Some herbalist use a 2:1 ratio of glycerin to water, saying that the plant matter already has a certain amount of water within it; thus, bringing a natural dilution. Place it over a clean Mason jar and pour mint leaves and extract through the filter. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED If you have any questions feel free to contact me directly here: natashalh(at)stalkingthewildsnark(dot)com. Homemade Citrus Cleaner RecipeMelissa K. Norris, […] make my own non-alcoholic mint extract from vinegar. Leave 1-inch of headroom. I couldn't think of one either! Who doesn't adore a minty cool julep!? To make your non-alcoholic extracts, just substitute the alcohol called for in any extract recipe with three parts food-grade liquid glycerin and one part water. Shake the jar every day to help the mint seep into the liquid. (Just saying.....). Use in all your baked goods as you would vanilla. Awesome write-up. The sweetness of the honey cut the vinegar taste for me. Instructions Put in a dark cool place. 3 cups peppermint leaves packed ▢ All it takes is mint leaves, lime wedges, cane sugar (or homemade simple syrup) and soda water. recipe.. thanks a lot for sharing this recipe.. now i m planing to make other extracts too. Just drop a handful in the vodka, and proceed with the directions; Make an extra batch to keep on hand for the next time you need … 1 cup of fresh mint leaves or 1/2 cup dry mint leaves. Amber Boston Round with Black Poly Cone Cap. Plus, I wanted to drink it in my hot chocolate and coffee before work. Discard the old leaves. Leave the plant material in the jar for right now. Just follow this simple recipe to create your own non-alcoholic vanilla extract. Which is fine for baking because the alcohol content bakes out, but I wanted to be able to serve my kids homemade mint hot chocolate. 1 cup vodka ▢ However, I’m unclear as to when I’m supposed to add the honey. Pour your extract through a mesh strainer into the new jar. Using Mint Extract Tincture 1. Always an honor to find you in the comment section! AFTER 3 TO 6 WEEKS; the plant material should look pale, limp, and spent. Place the filled, sealed, and labeled jars in a cool dark location, and allow to sit for 3 to 6 weeks. There simply had to be something productive to do with it; and so, the extraction process began. You've made it sound so easy. If you'd like to make the extract a bit sweeter, you can put jar (Without lid and band) in the microwave and add 1 tablespoon honey. Never thought to do the peppermint. I can’t wait to try this with vinegar. Anthony's Organic Peppermint Leaves, 1 lb, Gluten Free, Non GMO, Cut &... OXO Good Grips Little Salad & Herb Spinner,Clear,Small, 8" Long Stainless Steel Cocktail Muddlers by HQY, Muddler, (12 Pack) 1 oz. I actually followed your recipe and I’m only on day 2 of the waiting part. Thanks for sharing and it is something new to me. https://snapguide.com/guides/make-mint-extract-alcohol-free Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Add 1 teaspoon mint extract (or to taste) to hot chocolate. I guess my motivation for making the extracts was feeling as if all of that beautiful mint was wasting away. You may have a little left over. I don't necessarily strain out my extracts right as they come due. To make a non-alcohol version of peppermint extract, use the same process as shown above, but replace the 80-proof alcohol with glycerin and distilled water. Also pinned. Learn how to make your own homemade sourdough starter, 1/2 cup fresh mint leaves or 1/4 cup dried, If you'd like to make the extract a bit sweeter, you can put jar (, how to make a true sourdough starter from scratch, We Covered Half the Garden in Wood Chips (18 Month Update), What To Do FIRST On Your Homestead (Or What To Do NEXT), How to Propagate Plants – Stem Cuttings, Rooting Plants, and Using Rooting Hormones, Silvopasture and Co-grazing for Sustainability and Productivity. Ingredients ▢ This is very interesting, as I did not know you could make an extract with vinegar. Its stimulating taste invigorates while offering a cool minty rush and aroma. Store the filled and sealed jars of extract in a cool dark location. Peppermint extract is not as potent as peppermint oil, which is why it is a better choice when it comes to baking and making candies like mints and candy canes. Wash any muddy roots thoroughly. A tincture is a 1:3 (or more) ratio of plant matter to alcohol. I have peppermint in my garden and vodka from last year when I made some herb tinctures. Copyright 2020 - Melissa K. Norris Pioneering Today LLC. I don’t have a comment so much as a question. Stir one to three drops into hot chocolate, hot water, or herbal tea. In 3 to 6 weeks, strain and re-bottle for personal use, or as gifts! Fortunately, it's really easy to make at home and it can save you money. I’m making the mix you posted to give to some friends and family, which sounds so amazingly yummy . The full strength vinegar will help kill any bacteria that might grow. Glycerine can be substituted for the 80-proof alcohol to make non-alcoholic extracts. I am really glad that you will able to put some of your fresh mint to work!