Extracts vs. Flavorings
Can you explain what the difference is between extracts and flavoring? I want to make mint chocolate chip ice cream, which I tried to last night. I used peppermint flavoring and it was terrible. Do I use peppermint EXTRACT or MINT flavoring, which I noticed is different than peppermint flavoring. What types of foods do you use flavorings in? and extracts?
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With flavorings, they are often less concentrated and not nearly as pure. They will work with limited success in lightly heated foods but with too much heat they can destabilize and become bitter or just not right! They will work with more success in cold foods like custards and drinks but try them first to see how they work with you own tastes.
All that said, I will always promote extracts over flavorings in my recipes, just for the "better safe than sorry" factor. Hope this helps a bit!
This is one of those things where the extra expense is well worth it.