How to Cook with Pure Essential Oils – Lavender Lime Cupcakes
Essential oils can really give your dishes a super fresh taste. The oils are very concentrated and are extracted from real plants. The essential oils that are used in cooking must be pure without any additives. It only takes a few drops to really jazz up your dishes. In the recipe below, you will use about 4-5 drops of essential oils. Once you taste them you will be sold. If you want a stronger flavor, just add an additional drop. You will get the true flavor, not the artificial taste so often noticed in prepared foods or baked goods that use artificial ingredients.
Cooking with essential oils is different than cooking with herbs. Instead of using a teaspoon of dried or fresh herbs, or flavored extracts, start by using a drop. If you are putting the essential oils into food you will be cooking you will want to add more, around 4-5 drops. It is best to add essential oils at the end of your cooking after the food has a chance to cool down just a bit. The oils will be less likely to evaporate. This concept is much like using pure vanilla extract which you are most likely familiar with. Recipes always say add the vanilla at the very end. In some recipes you will need to add the essential oils before you cook them. In the following recipe you will be doing this so the essential oil amount has been increased. In anything you are making that will not be cooked, i.e. beverages, dressings or the like, you will start with a drop and increase to suit your personal preference. You can increase the amount if you feel you need more. A drop will really enhance the flavor and amaze you.
Using essential oils in your cooking will also give you the flexibility to cook year round with freshness. Many fresh herbs or plants are only available at certain times of year. If they are available in the specialty stores, you will most likely pay a premium. By having the essential oils in your home, you will save yourself a trip to the store and make your dishes more flavorful .
Get Rid of the Chemicals
There are several essential oils that you can use in your everyday meal preparations. Today’s trend shows more people are eliminating processed foods from their diets. The return to wholesome, natural and unadulterated ingredients is now mainstream. You can add something more to make those wonderful ingredients burst with freshness. Start experimenting with quality essential oils. Think of all the things you can do with them.
Here Are Essential Oils You May Want to Consider
These essential oils should not be taken orally, they should be added to your cooking with the least amount necessary.
- Black Pepper
- Clove Bud
- Wild Orange
- Ylang Ylang
Health Benefits of Using Essential Oils in Meal Preparation
Essential oils are pure plant derivatives and therefore will provide vitamins, nutrients, trace elements and incredible flavor. The essential oils will also add the benefits of their individual properties. These attributes will vary by oil but may include antibiotic, anti-inflammatory and other beneficial alternative health advantages.
One book that I enjoy is, “The Complete Book of Essential Oils & Aromatherapy”’ by Valerie Ann Worwood. There is a section in this book that provides an essential oils cooking chart. Here you will find what essential oils pare best with MANY different foods. I think you will find this a great reference tool to have at your fingertips.
Let’s Get Cooking – Lavender Lime Cupcakes
- ¾ cup milk
- 4 -5 drops Lavender essential oil
- 6 tablespoons room temperature butter
- 1 cup organic sugar
- 2 eggs
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tin with paper liners.
Put the milk, Lavender essential oil, butter, sugar and eggs in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Mix until fully incorporated about 3 – 4 minutes.
In a separate bowl, measure flour, baking soda and salt. Use a wire whisk to sift and incorporate. Turn off the mixer and add the dry ingredients to to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Turn mixer to the low setting and mix completely.
Spoon batter into muffin liners, fill to about 2/3 full. Bake for 12 – 15 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pans for 5 minutes. Remove to wired racks and cool completely before topping with glaze.
Making the Glaze
- 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, sifted
- 4 – 5 drops Lime essential oil
- 1 teaspoon warm water, more as needed
In a measuring cup with a pour spout, put Lime essential oil into the water. Add the confectioner’s sugar, stirring until smooth. (You may need a little more water but do it a very little at a time.) Put foil or parchment paper under the wire rack to catch drippings. Pour glaze over completely cooled cupcakes.
For decoration, add a sprig of fresh lavender.
It’s That Easy
Once you start experimenting with these awesome essential oils you will be amazed at how much flavor and freshness your dishes will deliver.
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