For all your extract and flavoring oil needs look no further than Gourmet Wholesaler! We have a fantastic range of extracts and oils, from classic flavors like Vanilla and Almond to exotic options like Rose water and Orange blossom! Whether you need a high quality extract to round out the flavor in a certain recipe, or you're looking for something more concentrated like an oil we have a fantastic assortment of flavors, extracts, and oils, for all your culinary needs!
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Recipes often direct us towards the use of extracts, but oils are also a great addition to recipes. The secret lies in knowing when to use them. Extracts are made by “extracting” the flavor of something into a liquid base, this is usually alcohol. For example vanilla is made by steeping vanilla pods in wash after wash of ethanol at different temperatures to extract the 400+ flavors that reside in the humble vanilla bean. Oils, on the other hand, are the essential oils squeezed from the ingredient itself. This makes flavoring oils much more concentrated, making them inappropriate to throw into just any recipe you’re making. Whereas an extract, especially one like vanilla, can be used in practically any baked good with no adverse effects, a flavoring oil would be so strong that it would compete with the other flavors present in the recipe and produce a confusing and very likely unpleasant eating experience. To avoid any of the possible negatives, reserve your oils for when you want them to play the starring role in whatever you’re making- things like hard candies, icings, and buttercream fillings are ideal for those strong flavors. Use the extracts when you need a flavor that will remain in the background adding to the overall flavor but not competing with any of them. Not only must you consider what you’re adding your flavoring to you must also consider how much you’re adding. Anything from a teaspoon to a tablespoon of extract can be fine, whereas only a few drops of oil should be used in any recipe. Armed with this knowledge, you can now easily and knowledgeably choose from among our delicious array of flavoring oils and extracts to best suit your baking needs!