Bitter Orange, a citrus fruit with a robust and complex flavor profile, can infuse a unique zest into your culinary creations. Let's explore this fascinating fruit and the process of creating your own Bitter Orange extract using 200 proof food-grade alcohol.
Bitter Orange: A Potent Citrus Treasure
Native to southeastern Asia and eastern Africa, the Bitter Orange, also known as Seville Orange, is a citrus fruit that stands out due to its distinctive flavor and aroma. A Bitter Orange resembles a regular orange in size but has a rougher, darker skin. Its taste is less sweet and more robust, with a complex flavor that combines a strong, tart citrusy punch with underlying notes of sweet orange. Its aroma is intense and reminiscent of a sweet orange but with an edge of tart freshness.
Choosing the Best Bitter Oranges
When selecting Bitter Oranges for extraction, look for firm, heavy fruits with a vibrant, deep orange color. The skin should be rough but unblemished, and the fruit should have a rich, citrusy smell.
Bitter Orange Extract Recipe
Creating your own Bitter Orange extract allows you to tap into the complex flavor profile of this unique fruit. You'll need the zest of 2 Bitter Oranges and 2 fl oz of 200 proof food-grade alcohol from Culinary Solvent.
- Begin by carefully zesting the Bitter Oranges, avoiding the white pith underneath the skin which can add bitterness.
- Place the zest in a clean glass jar with an airtight lid.
- Pour the Culinary Solvent over the zest, ensuring it is completely submerged.
- Seal the jar and store it in a cool, dark place for 2 weeks, shaking gently every few days.
- After the steeping period, strain the extract through a cheesecloth or fine sieve into another clean jar. Voila! Your Bitter Orange extract is ready to use.
Storing Your Bitter Orange Extract
The key to maintaining the potency of your Bitter Orange extract is correct storage. Keep your extract in a dark, cool place. If stored properly, the extract will maintain its robust flavor for up to two years.
Bitter Orange extract can add a unique twist to your dishes, providing an exciting flavor journey for your palate. This guide equips you with the knowledge you need to make your own Bitter Orange extract at home, opening the doors to new and exciting culinary experiences.