Cooking and baking with essential oils is a fun and easy way to experience their healthful benefits and add a burst of flavour to your favourite recipes! Just like there are many differences between using fresh versus dried herbs, incorporating essential oils requires some added finesse to get things right!
Essential oils are extremely concentrated, so keep this in mind when you are adding them to recipes and especially when substituting oils for fresh or dried herbs. A little goes a LONG way.
One of the best ways to add essential oils to recipes is with the toothpick method! To do this, simply dip a fresh toothpick into your bottle of essential oil, then swirl it around in the recipe OR mix into some olive oil or other liquid to ensure a more even dispersion of flavour.
For cooking recipes, you generally only need a toothpick swirl or two. For baking with essential oils, you may need up to 3-4 drops depending on the recipe and the flavour you desire. Always start with less and taste before adding more to prevent spoiling your dish!
- 1 TSP lemon extract = 16 drops
- 1 TBSP lemon zest = 8 drops
- 1/2 TSP dried herbs = 1 1/2 TSP fresh herbs = 2-3 toothpick swirls
- 1 TSP dried herbs = 1 TBSP fresh herbs = 1 drop of essential oil