Homemade Hop Extracts may be a new idea to you, but it’s a fun way to really expand your flavour arsenal in the kitchen!
Did you know that I wrote a whole book on cooking with hops? I did! It’s called Hedonistic Hops, and it goes over all kinds of ways you can use hops to flavour your cooking.
You can use almost every part of the hop plant - shoots, leaves, and flowers. One of the most convenient ways to include hop flavouring into your cooking and baking is through the use of homemade* hop extracts, which are very easy to make.
The only ingredient aside from hops is just a neutral alcohol base. This alcohol extracts flavours/ aromas from the hop, without the isomerization of the alpha acids. (The types of acids, isomerization, and details on the different types of hops are all things I go into way more detail in the book, btw). Any good quality vodka will work.
I like to keep a few extracts on hand - usually one that’s more citrussy, one that’s more herbal, etc. My go-to for cooking/baking is my Citra® hop extract. LOVE it. Unlike normal baking extracts - which are normally used exclusively for sweet applications - you can use hop extracts in almost anything - sweet or savoury!
While I’m a purist and like to have single hop extracts, you can have a lot of fun with mixing hop varieties to come up with new favourite flavours.
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|Fan of hops? You'll LOVE my latest cookbook, Hedonistic Hops!
Hops are prized for their ability to impart varied, complex flavours to beer… but did you know they can also be used culinarily? While hops may seem like a bizarre or exotic item to cook with, it’s the same as using other herbs and spices in your kitchen… you just have to know what to do with them. Appetizers, main dishes, beverages.. even desserts can be uplifted with hops!
Even those who are not fans of beer will love the unique flavours that various types of hops can bring to their plate. Floral, earthy, peppery, citrusy… Cooking with hops is a great way to expand your seasoning arsenal!