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The Yankee Chef's Almond Extract

Now ordinarily you would have to make this recipe and let it sit for 6 weeks, but I have successfully made this the following way and it has turned out with the exact same results. Make sure you use a vodka that has no odd smell to it. There are some inexpensive vodkas that don't have a foul odor and many that do, just ask someone for help if you don't know. I will tell you that I have always used Fleischmanns's vodka. Even though I can buy much more expensive vodka, this brand is perfect.


For 4 people


  • 12 whole almonds
  • 1 pint vodka

The Yankee Chef's Almond Extract Directions

  1. Place the almonds and vodka in a food processor or blender and puree until the almonds are about the size of large-grained sugar, or coffee grounds. Remove and add to a 2 qt. slow cooker. Over low heat, let this simmer for 4 hours and remove from heat. Pour into a large glass jar with a tight-fitting lid and let sit in darkness for 3 weeks. Remove, strain through a cheesecloth into mason jars and decorate as desired.