Cooking with Essential Flavour

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Flavour and Variety is the Spice of Life!

I’m not sure who said that originally but dang, were they ever right.

I love cooking with flavour.  Spices, herbs and sauces are all a regular part of my daily meals.  I used to think that flavour meant that I had to stock my pantry cupboard with dried herbs and spices, until I was introduced to cooking with doTERRA Essential Oils.

Why Essential Oils can be a Great Choice for use in Cooking

Essential Oils can from all different parts of different plants.  They are distilled from the leaves, flowers, steams, bark, peel and roots.  When you pick a mint leaf from your garden and chew it, the flavour you taste comes from the essential oil.  So when you are using pure essential oils, any plant, herb, or spice you would normally use for you cooking, can be substituted with a few drops of essential oil.

Essential oils are extremely concentrated in flavour.  A little certainly goes a long way.  When substituting essential oils for herbs here is a general rule of thumb:

1 tbsp of dried herbs = 1-2 drops of Essential Oil

1 tsp of fresh herbs = 1-2 drops of Essential Oil

1 tsp Citrus Zest = 1-2 drops of Citrus Essential Oil

Hot oils like Oregano or Cinnamon may only need a swirl of a toothpick to add a punch of flavour.  

These ratios may vary depending on the flavour you would like and how large the dish you are making is.

Safety and Essential Oils with Cooking

It is not recommended that you go to your local health food store and buy just any brand of essential oils for your cooking.  You want to ensure that the bottle indicates you can use it internally (it will have supplement facts right on the bottle) and that your oils are certified, pure, therapeutic-grade essential oils.  doTERRA is the brand I use and recommend.

 Here is a list of the essential oils I use in my cooking:

  • Basil
  • Bergamot
  • Black Pepper
  • Cardamom
  • Cassia
  • Cilantro
  • Cinnamon
  • Clove
  • Coriander
  • Dill
  • Fennel
  • Ginger
  • Grapefruit
  • Lavender
  • Lemon
  • Lemongrass
  • Lime
  • Marjoram
  • Oregano
  • Peppermint
  • Rosemary
  • Spearmint
  • Thyme
  • Wild Orange

Start experimenting!

There are so many flavour options and combinations.

Check back for recipes using my favourite essential oil flavours.

Happy cooking!

~Laura @lauraessentiallyinspired

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