Aug 7, 2009

How To Make Lavender Extract



In years past I made cookies from recipes that had lavender flowers in them or used lavender infused sugar on top. This year I decided to make an extract from the lavender flowers in my garden and use some to make cookies. The lavender extract was made from pesticide free, freshly picked lavender heads.
 
(Use lavender flowers that are good for culinary use.)
 
 
 
 
  • Pour 2 cups of 100 proof vodka into the jar of flowers.
  • Cut 100 flower heads and put into a sterile jar.
  • Twist the lid on, shake, and place out of direct sunlight.
     
To prevent the jar from leaking at the opening when you shake, a piece of plastic wrap can be put inside the lid before you close it.
 
 
  Shake once a day for eight days.
 
Strain through a sieve lined with a coffee filter.
  
 
  
 
 Strain a few more times with the coffee filter.
 The liquid will be a dark brown. Bottle it in sterilized glass containers.
Makes approximately 1 cup of lavender extract.
 
If your lavender is dried try using 50 lavender flower heads instead of 100. 
 
 

51 comments:

  1. Ooh-I've never made lavender extract before but I've had great success with vanilla. I can't wait to try this, thanks so much! I'll be linking.

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  2. Sounds lovely! Thanks for sending us news on your great site. I posted today on your extract at: ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com.

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  3. Ooooh....can't wait to try this!

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  4. Isn't that a water and not an extract?

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    1. no an extract is made with alcohol of some kind, not a water base

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  5. An extract is made by steeping or soaking botanicals (flowers, roots, leaves, bark etc.) in water, glycerin or alcohol. The active ingredients are extracted from the plant material in a concentrated form.

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    1. An exctract made with alcohol will last for years, about 4-5 years. An extract made with glycerine, about 1-2 years. Glycerites are great for children as glycerine is sweet tasting. You'll want to bottle both in an amber glass bottle and store in a cool, dark place, keeping out of direct sunlight. Anything made with just water will last about 2-3 weeks if left in refrigerator.

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    2. Extracts made with alcohol will last approximately 5 years and extracts made with glycerine will last 1-2 years. Glycerites are great for children as glycerine is sweet. Not all extracts should be given to children or pregnant women so do research before giving either one. Extracts made with just water won't last long at all, approximately 1-2 weeks if left in refridgerator. (Bacteria will grow fast is plain water if not properly stored.)

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    3. Thank you for the information.

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  7. can I use the leaves instead of the buds?

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  8. No, don't use the leaves - and only use angustifolia flowers

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  9. would like to try this. A trip to visit the Lavendar Farm in San Diego Co is planned for early summer...

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  10. It's really that easy? I wanted to make lavender-honey truffles but couldn't find lavender exctact, even in the organic food store. Now I know what to do when I come back to Austria - visit my mom's garden, get myself a little vodka and a smal jar :D thans for posting
    I'll follow :D

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    1. Ooh, those truffles sound good, do you have a link for the recipe?

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    2. Yes, easy and very aromatic. Truffles,(chocolate?) yum....makes my mouth water thinking of them. Give us a update on how they turned out! Thanks for the follow.

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    3. I made lavender truffles by steeping the flowers in the hot cream used for the truffles, then straining it and reheating. Delicious!

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    4. Thank you for sharing this information. Hope to one day try making them.

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  11. I love finding things to fuel my obsession with lavender. ;)

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  12. Do you know approximately how much lavender that is, in volume? Thanks :)

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  13. Flower heads?....Good question. I don't know. Next harvest I will weigh them.

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  14. I meant just in amount (cups, tablespoons?). Any rough estimate?

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  15. I love your site. I have made extract from other flower blossoms the same as your recipe for lavender. Thanks.

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    1. Thank you for the kind comment. What flowers have you used?

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  16. This sounds wonderful !! Can you use lilac or rose with this method ?

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    1. Yes, experiment with the quanity of botanicals.

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    2. when you use for lilac please use 6 cups NOT 4 cups, thanks

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  17. i wonder what you would use if you are an alcoholic and dont want to use booze ? and....does this method apply to many of the herbal oils?

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    1. Great question.....I know glycern is used instead of alcohol for tintures. My references are packed due to the fact I am moving to Alaska this month.
      Similar for oils. I will post more information next month.

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    2. You can use Raw Apple Cider Vinegar (Braggs is one of the best) or a 50/50 mix of glycern and ditilled water for a glycerite. Similar prperties to a tincure it just won't last as long.

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  18. what can i do or make with lavender extract.

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    1. It can be added to chocolate, cookies and frosting.

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    2. Lavender creme brulee is delicious too.

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  19. What's the weight of 100 flower heads? Michael Moore (the herbalist, not the filmmaker) included detailed instructions on how to make an herbal tincture in his "Medicinal Plants of the Mountain West", but his are based on weight of the herb.

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    1. Good question! I am in the midst of moving to Alaska.....no longer have lavender plants and books are packed. Anyone out there with an answer? Or anyone growing lavender that could let us know after harvest?

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  20. Is there anything that can be used in place of the vodka? My family has several recovering alcoholics and I would like to try something like this but I worry about using alcohol based ingredients in my cooking. I know the claim that alcohol content supposedly cooks away but I have found through experience the flavor is still there and I do not want to put "temptation" in the path of the ones I love.

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    1. I will research in the next month and post. A very good question.

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    2. For any recipe that uses a liquid, it can be heated and the lavender steeped in it. Then strain. I have used it in several recipes that call for milk or cream.

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    3. Thank you for that information.

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  21. Bonjour
    Que veux dire " 100 preuve vodka" ?? merci d'avance.

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    1. What mean "100 proof vodka"? Thanks in advance.

      "In the United States, a proof spirit (100 proof) is one containing 50 percent alcohol by volume." Reference Encyclopedia Britannica.

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  22. How long will this keep?

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  23. It's actually a 'Tincture' :-)

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    1. In the book, Making Plant Medicine, by Richo Cech, an extract is a liquid herbal extract, such as a tincture, tea, or decoction. Also the act of drawing out the active constituents from an herb by means of soaking in a liquid menstruum.

      Encyclopedia Britannica; or A Dictionary of Arts and Sciences, 1768 – 1771 reads, “EXTRACT in pharmacy, is a solution of the purer parts of a mixed body infiltrated, by distillation or evaporation, nearly to the consistence of honey.”

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  24. I was just reading another pintrest about Lavender and as a final step, after it is filtered into a clean jar, she puts a clean coffee filter over the top and sets on the counter for roughly eight days. This allows for the evaporation of the alcohol. Of course, you may want to 'hide' yours if you are living in a recovery situation. After that amount of time, there will be no alcohol content to worry about from the vodka.

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  25. I tried a similar recipe last summer and it didn't work. Is it because I added more lavender than recommended?
    Can leaving the lavender in vodka for keys say 12 days instead of 8 make it rancid? It was in the back of my pantry
    a and I shook it as recommended.

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  26. Hello! I could only find 80 proof vodka. Will that work?

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  27. Yes, it will work. Some states do not sell 100 proof. Can't remember off the top of my head what makes the difference, but I think 100 proof makes the extract have less alcohol taste.

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  28. How do you make lavender cookies

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