COOKING WITH OILS GUIDELINES

Tomorrow we are making Christmas cookies and I love adding a drop or two of nutmeg or lemon into the batter or frosting to give them a little more flavor! A good way to start using Vitality oils in the kitchen is to simply replace dried herbs, spices, and fruit juice, zest, or extract with the corresponding essential oil. Keep in mind that essential oils have a much stronger flavor than dried herbs and spices so start low and go slow! Add small amounts of the oil and gradually increase until you get the flavor just right!

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Here are a few other guidelines for Vitality oil substitutions:

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- The juice or zest of one lemon, orange, tangerine, or grapefruit can be replaced with 10-15 drops of its corresponding vitality oil

- 1 tbsp or more of marjoram, oregano, sage, rosemary, thyme, fennel, dill, black pepper, or coriander can be replaced with 1 drop or less of its corresponding vitality oil

- With recipes that include less than 1 tsp of an herb or spice or less than a drop of Vitality oil, dip a toothpick in the oil and then swirl it through the wet ingredients and mix

- Because Cinnamon Bark Vitality, Clove Vitality, and Ginger Vitality oils are much stronger than their corresponding spices, use the toothpick method outlined above when adding to recipes

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