Do extracts go bad?

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by arabianequine, Nov 3, 2011.

  1. arabianequine

    arabianequine Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 4, 2010
    I am going to make angel food cake and why I don't know but the recipe calls for orange extract which I happen to have but never use and it is pretty old. Does it go bad? I think I would rather just use my vanilla extract does it matter which I use?
  2. bigmike&nan

    bigmike&nan Chillin' With My Peeps

    Yahoo or Google Orange Extract, look for a Wikipedia link. I believe that like Vanilla Extract, Orange Extract has a high percentage of alcohol - so NO I do not think it would spoil, it might evaporate a little but not spoil...

    Here's the explanation of what many extracts and oils are made of and how they're used. Seems if they are kept in a cool dark place (a cupboard qualifies I would think) you will be just fine. They almost all have alcohol in them which will work as a preservative.
    Last edited: Nov 3, 2011
  3. Kuntry Klucker

    Kuntry Klucker

    Jun 9, 2010
    Tennesee Smoky Mts.
    No, extracts have alcohol in them thus they keep for a long, long time.
  4. stoopid

    stoopid Chicken Fairy Godmother

    Aug 3, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    If you aren't sure, just subsitute a little orange zest. Or some kind of liqueur.
  5. Oregon Blues

    Oregon Blues Overrun With Chickens

    Apr 14, 2011
    Central Oregon
    If it smells OK, it is OK to use. They don't spoil, but they loose their strength.

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