I love cooking with essential oils! Not only does it add such depth of flavor and huge health benefits, I simply love that it takes a very VERY minimal amount of oil to add flavor, versus it’s normal counterparts such as herbs, spices, or juices.
So, here are 10 Tips for Cooking w/Essential Oils:
- Add 2 drops of peppermint to your favorite brownie mix for an even yummier dessert.
- Add 1 drop of Lavender to your summer lemonade for a fun twist on a traditional favorite.
- For a lighter, less intense flavor, dip a toothpick into the essential oil of your choice and swirl it into your batter, sauce, stir fry etc. You can also do this with beverages like tea or water.
- Add a touch of essential oil to cooking water for boiling pasta noodles, rice or potatoes. Or steam veggies with water and a drop of essential oil to flavor while you cook.
- When grilling, periodically brush meat, seafood, veggies or whatever you are grilling with a mixture of olive oil and a few drops of your chosen oil to continually flavor your food while also keeping it nice and moist.
- Hate zesting citrus? Instead, add one drop of any citrus oil (lemon, lime, orange, bergamot, etc) for each teaspoon of zest that your recipe calls for.
- Flavor sauces, marinades and salad dressings with a few drops of any oil that compliments your dish’s ingredients.
- Mix a drop or two of your favorite flavor oil to your morning smoothie. One delicious combo is a drop of cinnamon bark in a banana smoothie.
- Add 1-3 drops of any citrus or other light and fresh tasting oil to your water bottle to make drinking your daily 8-10 glasses a little more exciting. Be sure to use glass, as plastic and essential oils do not mix well.
- Add a drop or two of essential oil to your hot tea. Copaiba is great in chamomile or rooibos tea sweetened with Blue Agave natural sweetener. Any citrus oil is delightful in green tea. Bergamot is one of the main ingredients in Earl Grey tea, so add a drop of Bergamot oil to intensify the flavor.
And just because we couldn’t stop there, here are a few more!
- Substitute essential oil for any ground spices in a recipe. 1 drop typically = 1 tsp.
- Add essential oils to homemade jams, jellies and preserves. Cinnamon Bark and clove are great for apple or peach butter while lavender compliments any berry, stone fruit or citrus flavored jam.
- Add essential oils to salsas and other dips. Lime is great in a classic tomato based salsa, and dill is the perfect addition to sour cream dip or bacon cheddar dip.