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cooking with essential oils

Updated on December 19, 2015

Add a little twist to your dish with a few drops of essential oils

I've used essential oils for massage, to cure common ailments, for beauty and fragrance and NOW I've discovered the wonder of essential oils in cooking! I started with lavender oil which I added to a roast beef to "jazz it" up a bit and then experimented with several others in several dishes. The crucial thing to remember is you need very little, just a couple of drops but the results are really quite amazing! Be adventurous! Give it a go!

Replacing herbs and spices

Essential oils can be used instead or as an addition to herbs and spices.

Here's some essential oils you can experiment with:

Fennel

peppermint

thyme

rosemary

pepper

basil

oregano

lemongrass

orange

lemon

nutmeg

ginger

cinnamon

lavender

The important thing to remember is that oils are very concentrated fragrances and you only need a very little amount. Generally 1 drop will be enough, add the second one only after tasting.

Remember, essential oils are only use to give a subtle hint of flavour.

SOME RECIPES TO GET YOU STARTED

LIME SPICY CHICKEN AND RICE

1/2 KG DICED CHICKEN

1 ONION

1 RED PEPPER

1 TEASPOON CHILLI POWDER

1/2 TEASPOON CUMIN

JUICE OF HALF LEMON

SALT AND BLACK PEPPER

1 TEASPOON SUGAR

2 TINS OF CHOPPED TOMATOES

2 DROPS OF LIME ESSENTIAL OIL

MARINADE THE CHICKEN PIECES WITH CHILLI, CUMIN AND LEMON JUICE.

QUICKLY FRY ONION AND PEPPER. ADD THE CHICKEN. WHEN BROWN ADD CHOPPED TOMATOES, SALT & PEPPER, SUGAR AND LIME ESSENTIAL OIL

SERVE WITH RICE!

ROAST BEEF WITH ORANGE (sorry no quantity on this as i decide depending on the size of the beef)

BEEF JOINT

SLICED ONION

CRUSHED GARLIC

CHOPPED OREGANO (FRESH)

CHOPPED BASIL (FRESH)

BEEF STOCK CUBE

WATER

A LITTLE RED WINE

SLICED ORANGE

1 DROP ORANGE ESSENTIAL OIL

1 DROP GINGER ESSENTIAL OIL

PUT ALL THE INGREDIENTS IN AN OVEN DISH, COVER WITH FOIL AND COOK ACCORDING TO THE SIZE OF BEEF JOINT

Essential oils in cooking - What do you think?

Would you try essential oils in your cooking?

yes, definitely

yes, definitely

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  • anonymous 3 years ago

    Yes, I don't see why not.

  • Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

    yes, I use oregano, lemon, orange, and peppermint oils regularly, and fennel occasionally.

  • RinchenChodron 4 years ago

    Yes, they add great flavor! Very interesting.

  • lewisgirl 4 years ago

    Never thought about using essential oils in cooking, but makes sense.

no, doesn't appeal to me

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  • rattie lm 4 years ago

    I probably wouldn't. I'd need to know exactly what was in them.

HERE'S A GORGEOUS RECIPE ONE I'VE FOUND ONLINE

Stuffed Tomatoes

Ingredients

2 vine-ripened tomatoes

Salt

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1 clove garlic, minced

3 drops basil essential oil

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 cup grated Parmesan

1/4 cup olive oil

Slice tomatoes in half horizontally and scoop out pulp and seeds. Mix together bread crumbs, garlic, pepper, 1/4 cup of the grated Parmesan and oil with the drops of basil. Stuff tomatoes with the filling, sprinkle with remaining Parmesan, and bake until tomatoes are cooked through and tops are golden brown, about 30 minutes.

WHAT DO YOU THINK?

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      winter aconite 4 years ago

      @captainj88: Sounds good, will definitely try it!

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      Leah J. Hileman 4 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      I love to add 2-3 drops of oregano oil to my boiling water in preparation for pasta, instead of salt. Flavors seep right in!

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      All I can say is YUM!

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      WebMarketingPro 4 years ago

      What a great idea! I was never sure whether essential oils were safe to ingest, but this lens definitely answered my question! I'm going to give this a whirl! Thanks for sharing this great info.

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      lewisgirl 4 years ago

      Great topic! I am going to try it.