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
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!