Gourmet Extracts

Written by Stephanie Dula
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Gourmet extracts can be purchased online from a number of quality specialty foods sources. The herbs and spices are the most important part of a good extract, so make sure they are the highest quality possible. Herbs and spices cultivated and harvested using first-rate processing techniques to retain the essential oils which provide the flavor is what you are looking for.

Extracts go a long way in adding flavor to desserts, fillings, frostings, puddings, and pies. Because they are concentrated, you don't need a whole lot to get started. Get some basic flavors and you can experiment with how much to use and with what kinds of foods.

The Convenience of Gourmet Extracts

Having a spur-of-the-moment holiday gathering or party? Gourmet extracts and other basics can often be your lifesaver. Forget the last minute trip to the store if you've got some good seasonings and extracts on hand. Some quality vanilla or raspberry extract can turn ordinary instant coffee or hot chocolate mix into an impressive restaurant-style treat to go with specialty muffins and pastries.

Desserts aren't the only dish that can benefit from gourmet extracts. Pineapple, mango, and raspberry extracts can be used to add a sweet, fruity flavor to vinaigrettes and salsas. Check online for some other creative ways to incorporate the convenience of flavor extracts into your home cooking.


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