From Sandi Graham’s Vintage Kitchen
I must admit that I was hesitant in using essential oils into my cooking. Admittedly, I was hesitant at the thought of using my essential oils in my cooking. How would it work? For example, I am not going to use Vitality Basil Oil on a Caprese Salad because the basil a visual ingredient. However, using Orange essential oil in place of orange juice in a sauce, cuts out extra sugar while keeping the flavor element.
Once I started thinking about flavor and health, I started playing with more ideas and ways to use essential oils. Here are my suggestions to help you get started:
- You can always add more. Essential oils are concentrated so you only need a drop or two in a recipe. With about 85-100 drops in a bottle of Vitality oil, the price per drop is economical. Additionally, sometimes fresh herbs are not available in the store, so the oils are a convenient substitute.
(Note: if you are using black pepper, a drop may be too much. Put a drop onto plate and dip a toothpick into the drop, then swirl the toothpick into your food. Remember, you can always add more.)
- I think it is easiest to start with the citrus oils. Adding lime, lemon, orange, tangerine, grapefruit or citrus fresh to a recipe in in place of an extract can bring delicious results. Think cupcakes, frosting, or marinades.
- Beverages are a great place to experiment with adding essential oils. Warm beverages, cold beverages, cocktails, mocktails, and smoothies can all benefit with a complement flavor. How do you decide a complement flavor? Use some classics: orange and chocolate or cinnamon bark and apple are good places to start. There are many premixed mocktails on the market, add an oil for a unique beverage.
- Don’t overlook dip, bread, or cake mixes. You can customize a standard mix with just a few drops. Try rosemary in a quick bread mix or in a marinara dipping sauce.