Oils aint oils….
I am so excited to receive my Tanah Essential Oil order in the mail this week.
I sourced this wonderful oil recently to use instead of vanilla extract as I found out that extract has sugar & preservative added – something which a few people I know cannot have – and I bought a tiny vial to test it in some recipes a few months ago. Well, that vial went quick smart and I reordered a super-duper bottle which should last me a year!! I also bought some cinnamon bark and lemon oil as one can never get enough of either!! I use the cinnamon oil for a much more intense cinnamon hit, usually in conjunction with the ground powder as they contrast in flavour – I use it all the time!! And the lemon oil, well…., who doesn’t love lemons?!
100% Essential oils can be used in cooking as long as the actual plant source is not toxic, but please remember that they are an extremely concentrated form of flavouring and one or two drops in a recipe is sufficient.
I now use 2 drops of Vanilla oil wherever a recipe calls for vanilla and find that it is much more potent than using the real pod, although the tiny flecks of vanilla through a custard are very pretty.
I also use cinnamon oil wherever a recipe calls for cinnamon especially for an infusion, such as sugar syrup or custard. And when I am craving cinnamon, I make cinnamon biscuits with a double dose of dry cinnamon and 2 drops of oil (or 3!) If you buy some, make sure that it is cinnamon BARK oil and not cinnamon LEAF oil. They are very very different and have completely different properties. Cinnamon leaf oil is very antiseptic and almost mentholated, not good for cooking with.
Being allergic to fragrance, I cannot tolerate air fresheners or spray so I usually use a natural citrus deodoriser. Now I have made my own and it is much much cheaper. Grab a spray bottle, add 200 ml of filtered water, 20ml Vodka (optional but it does help to emulsify) and 20 drops each of lemon/lime oil. Shake up and use when required.
Of course, essential oils have many different health giving properties, for a general list, see here.
(This is not an ad – paid or otherwise – I just love this Queensland product!)