[Sca-cooks] Paging Countess Brekke... was, Re: homemade bitter almond extract

Phil Troy / G. Tacitus Adamantius adamantius1 at verizon.net
Fri Jun 18 07:06:41 PDT 2010

Would Countess Brekke come to the white courtesy phone? [She's a chemist with a company that makes extracts; from my recollection of discussions with her on this subject, it is not that difficult to make yourself ill messing with peach pits, bitter almonds, etc...]


On Jun 18, 2010, at 3:51 AM, otsisto wrote:

> People have made the extract from peach pits and nectarine pits because it
> is similar in taste to the bitter almonds.
> I just don't know if I would make it. How is the cyanide content resolved?
> De
> -----Original Message-----
> OK.  I may be totally insane, but I thought I read once that you can
> make your own bitter almond extract from the centers of peach pits
> (and other stone fruits?).
> If any of you know this to be true (or untrue) please let me know.
> I thought I read this in the "Chez Panisse Fruit" book, but I can't
> locate it at the moment...
> Looking forward to the responses that may come from this!
> -Kitta
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