WHAT IS A NATURAL FLAVOR EXTRACT?
Natures Flavors Natural Flavor Extracts are water-soluble flavors made in a base of Natural Ethyl Alcohol. These all-natural flavor extracts are food grade, Kosher, vegan, Gluten Free. They are best used in clear beverages, dairy products, and applications where you don't want to disturb the clarity/translucency. Natures Flavors Extracts are of comparable strength with our Flavor Concentrates and Flavor Oils. You will need to experiment to achieve the perfect strength for flavoring your recipe, but once you finish you will be happy with the results.
WHY USE A FLAVOR EXTRACT INSTEAD OF A FLAVOR CONCENTRATE?
Natures Flavors Natural Flavor Extracts and Natural Flavor Concentrates are very similar. They are both all natural and water-soluble Products. The difference is that Concentrates have a cloudy/opaque look to them whereas most Extracts are clear*. This property is due to the base that these flavors are set in. If your final application needs to be clear then we recommend a Flavor Extract. Flavor Concentrates are also more heat stable than extracts, so for baking, you might want to look at concentrates. Flavor Extracts are in an alcohol base and will affect the freezing point of any recipe you put them into, while concentrates will not. *The few extracts that are not clear are mentioned on their product pages.
Flavor Extracts can be used in baking and clear beverages. Flavor Extracts are:
- Highly concentrated
- Clear liquids
- Water-based or Alcohol-based only
- High heat stable
- The alcohol bakes out at high temperatures
- Ingredients - ethyl alcohol, natural and organic flavor
A good rule for starting usage is .25% by weight. Finding the perfect amount of Natural Flavor Extract for your recipe is an art form, and requires practice! First, start with a small amount such as a .25% (up to 1%) of your vanilla extract or flavor. Taste the vanilla flavor in the finished dough or ice cream. If the flavor tastes good and dissipates after 3 to 5 seconds, it's perfect! Note: if this a baked product and it has not been baked, you will need to add 10% more to compensate for the loss during baking. When making and freezing ice cream it is also possible the extract will become diluted due to the whipping of air into the product from the ice cream machine, and you may need to add additional extract.
OVERFLAVORING YOUR PRODUCT
If at any time you notice a minty taste on your palate or a medicinal taste, you have over-flavored your product. Or, if you are burping the flavor up an hour or more after you have eaten the finished product then you have probably over flavored it. The trick to making a product taste good is to give just enough flavor to tease the taste buds, without overdoing it. That's what keeps them coming back for more.