I love apples and eat them regularly year round. Although I find myself craving “apple products” significantly more in September. It could be that’s when the nearby apple festival is, or it could be my strict “no pumpkins before Oct 1st” policy. Either way, I fill September with apple oatmeal, apple cookies, and of course my Amazing Homemade Apple Cider with Essential Oils. I’ve made it three times over the last week. And You should know by now I put essential oils in EVERYTHING! Of course, this recipe is no exception. It’s a super easy recipe that makes your entire house smell like fall!
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Cooking With Essential Oils
When I first started with Young Living, I was told that lots of people cooks with their oils. At first, this idea seemed a little odd to me because I was thinking of them medicinally and not with their flavor profiles. The longer I continue to “live healthy” the more I see food as the great healer and the notion of cooking with oils doesn’t seem as odd. The most common oils used in the kitchen include lemon, lime, orange, tangerine, cinnamon, clove, thyme, rosemary, nutmeg, basil, black pepper, oregano, ginger, grapefruit, and sage. Think of your spice cabinet and fruits/citrus you regularly eat. I love using essential oils in the kitchen for two main reasons:
- Essential oils are highly potent which means you need less than you would of spices. Over time this is a great money saver!
- I have learned a lot about the spice trade, flavor solutions, and what goes into bringing spices and teas into our home recently. Unless you are buying fair trade, USDA organic spices you could be purchasing diluted and questionable ingredients. (Imitation Vanilla Flavoring can be made out of PINECONES! Seriously!) And even then, ground spices lose their flavor much faster than a bottle of essential oils.
As always, make sure you are using Grade A, therapeutic oils or food grade oils. Knowing the company you purchase from is crucial. I love Young Living oils and highly recommend them! If you are interested in purchasing oils be sure to read my Essential Oils page to get started. And before cooking/ingesting oils always check your reference guide or a herbalist. There are some oils that “sound” safe to ingest that are not. For example, mustard oil, horseradish oil, and wintergreen oil cannot be ingested. As a rule of thumb, just check your reference guide. The flavors you will get out of cooking from essential oils is completely worth it!
Amazing Homemade Apple Cider with Essential Oils Cooking Tips
After making this recipe tons of times, I have found some tips and tricks I would like to share. For easy reading here we go:
- Definitely use organic apples and be sure to give them a good wash before cooking. You will be throwing the skin and all in so be sure to give it a good, toxic free bath!
- Peel your orange. Leaving the peel on makes it a little more bitter.
- Clove oil is very strong! If you like more of a spicy cider, then use the oil. If you like a sweet apple cider, then use the whole clove spices.
- After cooking for two hours, press all of the fruits with a spoon or potato masher to release more of the juices. When you finish cooking, strain everything through a fine mesh strainer at least two times to make sure you get all of the “extra” chunks out.
- Depending on your preference, add 2-3 tablespoons of sugar. Regular cane sugar makes the cider taste the closest to store-bought apple cider. You can also use honey, brown sugar, or maple syrup which all taste nice. I like to only add 2 tablespoons when the cider is hot. You can always add more later to your individual cup.
- This Amazing Homemade Apple Cider with Essential Oils will last for 7 days in the fridge or up to 3 months in the freezer.
There is something so amazing about a glass of warm apple cider. And with this recipe, you can easily make it yourself. The amazing homemade apple cider with essential oils gives you healing ingredients and control over sugar while letting you indulge in one of the traditional Fall rituals. If you would like more apple recipes, be sure to check out my easy cinnamon pancakes with awesome apple topping. They are to die for! And keep your family well this cold and flu season by boosting your immune system with these 7 easy steps!
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