Nature’s essential oils can be used in so many ways in the kitchen that it is difficult to know where to begin. Indeed, there is no dish whose flavor is not enhanced by the addition of essential oils, and no limit to the number of possibilities for culinary delight they open up. Using them is so simple, too. A pepper steak is made into a gastronomic great by mixing a drop of lemon essential oil to the pepper before spreading it onto the steak. Vanilla ice cream can be transformed into an amazing exotic adventure by whisking with it any number of essential oils like ginger, peppermint, rose, or frankincense to name a few.
Essential oils in the kitchen can be placed into five main groups: herbs, spices, citrus, florals and dietary supplements. They can be used in soups and starters, in marinades and sauces, with red and white meat dishes, with fruits and vegetables, in salad dressings, and in breads, biscuits, cakes, desserts and confectionaries.
Young Living’s Herb Vitality essential oils make the perfect contribution to casseroles, either used as a marinade for the meat before cooking or simply added to the pot. These are very strong oils so be careful not to overpower the dish. Begin slowly and adjust to taste as you go. They can be used to enhance the flavor of a stir fry or even added to a bread mixture to create wonderful herb breads – try sage or rosemary bread.
Citrus essential oils may be used in salad dressings, marinades, sauces, and desserts. They are also a wonderful addition to fish and poultry. Lemon is an excellent flavor to beef, butter and fish, giving it a special zing.
Young Living’s spice Vitality essential oils are excellent to season as you would with the actual spice itself. Try mixing up a wonderful marinade for your Thanksgiving turkey, or pumpkin pie/bread and see what you come up with. The possibilities are endless.
Have fun in the kitchen with these amazing liquid extracts derived from the plants themselves. They are more potent that the dried herbs, and more flavorful too! Be sure to check out our recipe section, In the Kitchen, for ways to incorporate them into your recipes.