Bitter Almonds

Joined Mar 3, 2002
Does anyone know how to obtain these or bitter almond flavoring to be used in cooking?

I have as a substitute used the kernel from apricots/peaches on occasion. But, man, what a job opening the pit! Any suggestions for an easier way than banging at them (wrapped in towel) with a hammer?

Also, I'm unclear as to whether to post a question like this in this forum or in Pastry Chef's Corner.
Joined May 29, 1999
The best bitter almond oil from france, you need only drops not tsp or Tbl to obtain a fragrant bitter almond product. I believe it is their brand
Joined Dec 4, 2001
I posted a question once about a product I bought in London called Ratafia Essence. By a process of deduction the fabulous keepers of knowldge on this site determined that it was in fact a bitter almond essence. I wasn't able to get any in San Francisco and it was by chance I saw it in the store in London. (Just a regular grocery store.)

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