It's summer and it's strawberry season around these parts of Scandinavia. I've been waiting for the ripest, plumpest, freshest strawberries to be available so I could make this glycerine extract.
And here they are - fresh picked and deliciously aromatic.
Shall we get busy?
Glycerine Extract IngredientsThis is a very simple process and requires only
- fresh strawberries
Glycerine extracts are commonly made with dried plant materials that are reconstituted with water, then added to the glycerine.
Water to Glycerine Amounts
The usual ratio of water-content to glycerine for an extract is 50/50.
For this batch I used49.8 % Glycerine
49.7 % Strawberry
0,5 % Preservative (I used benzyl alcohol)
Even though fresh strawberry is 'only' about 92% water, I went with a 50/50 ratio of strawberry to glycerine..
Aroma Zone's glycerine extract how-to recommends adding 0,6% broad spectrum preservative, storing the final extract cool, and using within 6 months.
A few of you have asked me about this, and I'll be answering your questions about glycerine as a preservative in an upcoming post.
Meantime, here's a peek at the process of my strawberry glycerine ecxtract.
(those extra strawberries in the bowl in the background? What a shame they wouldn't fit into the jar. We simply had to eat them for dessert)
MethodMaking a strawberry glycerine extract is easy peasy.
- Sterilize the jar and your equipment
- Slice the strawberry
- Weigh the strawberry
- Weigh and add glycerine
- Add preservative
- Place lid on jar
- Keep jar in a dark and not too warm area
- Agitate the jar daily for 7-10 days
Tip: Always always measure your ingredients by weight - this is the only accurate way to be sure of your amounts in any formula.
Here's what you need to strain
When it's Time to Strain
- Bottle for your extract
- Receptacle to strain into
As soon as the liquid has run through the filter, transfer the extract to a bottle, put on a label with a date and enjoy your fabulous extract!