Have you tried cooking with essential oils? If you are like most people you either haven’t tried it, or you tried it once or twice and it wasn’t a success so you gave up but are still wanting to do it. Keep reading and I will give you some great tips on how to cook with essential oils successfully.
On this blog I’ve already written a few other posts on recipes that contain essential oils. You can check them out below.
- Cooking with Lemon Essential Oil
- Chicken, Cabbage, Carrots and Cilantro Dinner
- 5 Christmas candy recipes with essential oils
- How to Flavor Tin Foil Dinners with Essential Oils
That said, I’ve never really written a complete guide on cooking with essential oils so I would like to do that here.
First, before you can cook with essential oils you need to make sure you are using essential oils that are safe and appropriate for cooking. The brand you are using should say safe for internal use on the label. You also should only use those where the herb or fruit equivalent is common in cooking. Examples include oregano, basil, cilantro, lemon, orange, cinnamon, sage, thyme etc. For those of you who doubt that this is a good idea; look at how many products at the grocery store have essential oils in them. This includes things like candy and gum and even some other deserts and dressings. It can be done and can be very beneficial if done in the right way and this is key and the reason for this blog post.
Second, use a toothpick or a dropper to make sure you don’t accidentally use too much. This can be a big problem and even more so with hot toils like oregano or thyme.
Third, try mixing 1-2 drops in another cooking oil such as olive oil or avocado oil first and then using this cooking oil in your cooking.
Fourth, realize that in order for cooking with essential oils to really work successfully, you will want to use them when you are cooking a larger amount of food. If you are only making enough food for 1 person for 1 meal, you will have hard time making it work since even 1 drop of most oils will be too much. Instead use them when making food for more people, or when meal prepping and you are planning on have leftovers for a few meals.
Fifth, use the right essential oil for the right recipe. The best way to do this is to use the essential oils to replace any fruit rind or herb, or spice. For example wild orange essential oil instead of orange rind, or thyme essential oil instead of thyme the herb or spice.
Sixth, experiment with them. As long as you do it safely there is no harm in trying a variety of things and seeing what works.
Hopefully you have found these tips helpful. Get cooking with essential oils and have fun and enjoy the new flavors.Did this help you? If so, I would greatly appreciate a share on Facebook, twitter, linkedin, or pinterest.
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