“What do I need to know about safely and effectively subbing and using essential oils in cooking?” asks JulieAnn K. on today's #AskWardee. I'm sharing my thoughts below!
My Answer: Using Essential Oils In Cooking
I'm going to be sharing the 2 ways you can substitute (or add) essential oils in your cooking. First, though…
Is It Safe To Use Essential Oils In Cooking?
First of all, keep in mind that common cooking ingredients can be harmful in high doses — like salt.
With essential oils, some harmful components are evaporated off during distillation, and in others the compounds are so minute that, used in moderation, you’re generally safe.
So, yes, I believe it’s safe. But this is controversial and some people say absolutely not.
I’m not going to say yes for everyone. Certainly with young children or babies or pregnant mamas, you should do your own research and err on the side of caution.
2 Methods For Subbing And Using Essential Oils In Cooking
Before I get to them, please know that you're invited to join me for a lot more information on cooking with essential oils at the Essential Oils Revolution 2 online conference. Just go here for more info.
There are 2 ways to use essential oils in cooking. This probably is not exhaustive. Add your favorite ways to use essential oils in cooking in the comments!
#1 — Replacing Herbs And Spices
The essential oils that are essentially the same as the herbs and spices in your cupboard can be used as herbs in your cooking. Think clove, sage, marjoram, basil, etc. The names are the same, so that's a big clue!
Add them to your dishes at the end after the food has cooled, so that you preserve the aroma and nutrition.
1 drop is like 1 teaspoon of dried herbs. Or, in the case of bold herbs, such as thyme, basil, oregano, rosemary and marjoram, only a tiny bit is necessary. Dip a toothpick into the bottle and then dip the toothpick into the food. Stir, taste, adjust.
If you'd like a checklist of the oils that are generally regarded as safe for cooking, register for the Essential Oil Revolution 2 online conference and I'll be giving it out for free during my talk.
#2 — Replacing Extracts
Lemon, lime, or orange extracts can be replaced by essential oils. And they're yummy! Replace each teaspoon of extract with 1 to 2 drops of essential oils all the way up to 1/4 teaspoon (25 drops) of essential oil. Start with less and increase until you get the desired flavor. Remember that flavors can intensify so it's best to use less rather than more!
Think of the possibilities… cheesecake, muffins, ice cream, popsicles… mmmmmm!
Want More Info On Using Essential Oils In Cooking?
Check out the Essential Oil Revolution 2 online conference. You'll get access to dozens of talks on essential oils, including my own “Practical Tips For Cooking With Essential Oils”.
You'll also get access to my free checklist of oils that are generally regarded as safe for cooking, including suggestions for usage. It's a free gift for those who watch my talk. Get info on the essential oils conference here — and be sure to watch at least my talk!
Also, we have a great set of recipes coming up that use essential oils. The recipes are delicious, easy, and healthy. You'll love them. (Hint: ice cream, cheesecake, and more!)
- Essential Oil Revolution 2 Online Conference — featuring my talk “Practical Tips For Cooking With Essential Oils” and where you can get my free 1-page reference “Cooking With Essential Oils” cheat sheet
- Rocky Mountain Oils and Aroma Foundry — my preferred essential oils
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