How to Make Your Strawberry Pie Better Than Ever

One of the best things about fall is all of the fresh-baked, homemade pies. Pumpkin, apple, pecan... they're all favorites! My absolute favorite, though, is fresh strawberry pie. There's just something about all of those beautiful, sweet berries in a homemade pie crust that brightens my day and makes me smile. It's hard to imagine improving on something so delicious, but I've got a quick tip for you that will make your pies even better than normal.

Did you know you can use certain essential oils in your cooking? There are quite a few that have been added to the GRAS list and it's super fun to experiment with the way they enhance flavors. Pies are a perfect place to play with them and get to know how they taste in our food.

To incorporate essential oils in your pie-baking this season, start by adding just one drop to your recipe. See how it tastes, and if needed, add another drop. You'll want to always add your essential oils when the food is finished cooking, after it has been removed from the heat and begun to cool. This will help protect the oils from evaporating during the cooking process.

So which oils can you use in your strawberry pie? I recommend trying Lemon or Sweet Orange. The bright flavors really highlight the taste of the strawberries.

Not a big fan of strawberry pie? Try using essential oils in your other pies too. Lemon in lemon meringue pie or Lime in key lime pie. There are several that would be delicious in pumpkin pie.

Here's a quick list of some safe guidelines for using oils in cooking (from the Veriditas website):
  • 1-10 drops per day: Grapefruit, Lemon, Orange
  • 1-5 drops per day: Lavender, Peppermint, Tea Tree
  • 1-2 drops per day: Anise, Basil, Bergamot, Cardamom, Cinnamon Bark, Cocoa in Jojoba, Cypress, Eucalyptus Radiata, Fennel, Rose Geranium, Good Samaritan, Jasmine Absolute, Jasmine in Jojoba, Lavender Reserve, Lemon Verbena, Lemongrass, Lime, Neroli, Oregano, Pine, Ravintsara, Rose Absolute, Rose in Jojoba, Rose Otto, White Rose, Rosemary Cineol, Spearmint, Thyme Linalol, Thyme Thymol, Vanilla in Jojoba, Ylang Ylang
NOTE: We can only recommend using the Veriditas Botanicals essential oils internally in this way. Most other essential oils available on the market are adulterated and/or contain harmful residues. The Veriditas Botanicals essential oils are 100% ECOCERT and USDA Certified Organic.

This season, as you're baking your pies, try adding a little extra flavor with these powerful essential oils. Let us know your favorite combinations. Enjoy!


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