Best Essential Oils to Use for Cooking

cropped-smalllogo1.jpgWhich Essential Oils can be used in cooking?

Essential oils that come from spices, herbs, or citrus fruits commonly used in cooking are the best essential oils to incorporate in your food. These oils can include the following:

  • Basil

  • Bergamot

  • Black Pepper

  • Cardamom

  • Cassia

  • Cilantro

  • Cinnamon

  • Clove

  • Coriander

  • Dill

  • Fennel

  • Ginger

  • Grapefruit

  • Lavender

  • Lemon

  • Lemongrass

  • Lime

  • Marjoram

  • Orange

  • Oregano

  • Peppermint

  • Rosemary

  • Spearmint

  • Thyme

Five Essential Oils Every Kitchen Should Have:

Use just a drop or two in recipes sweet or savory, cooked or raw, and even drinks! Fewer drops-per-recipe help to promote good safety for a wide range of oils, as well. Here are some of the best essential oils for cooking.

1. Lavender
Try lavender in dessert recipes like scones, simple syrups added to beverages like lemonade and even savory dishes like fish bakes. Just a couple of drops for the whole recipe will add just a touch of that unique floral flavor to take your recipe from bland to gourmet.

2. Peppermint
Cool and refreshing, peppermint essential oil is another easy one to start out with. A drop of peppermint essential oil added to honey turns an ordinary mug of tea into a stimulating, energizing jump start. Peppermint also blends well in lemonade, and for the adventurous – go for a lavender, peppermint, lemonade mix! It’s yet another case where the big-three essential oils and flavors work together well.
Use peppermint oil in candies and chocolates for your own mint treats. And while it’s not actually cooking, don’t forget to use peppermint to make your own oral health treatments.

 3. Citrus
All citrus oils are great for cooking!
Use citrus oils in drinks, smoothies (orange-cream, anyone?), and treats. Add to stir-fries and casseroles, one-pot wonders, and even in dips. The sky’s the limit with these delicious, fruity oils.

4. Ginger
Add ginger to sweet treats like ginger snaps, gingerbread, and spiced drinks, without a doubt. But also try it in sauces for savory dishes like stir-fries and marinades. Fresh ginger has to be peeled and grated, so ginger essential oil can be a quick and easy addition when time is short but the flavor is needed.

5. Coriander/Cilantro
Use cilantro essential oil where you would use cilantro, in salsas, dips, and savory cuisine. Coriander essential oil works well in sauces, vegetable dishes, pickling, and other savory recipes that use herbs.

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