Orange oil is perfect for adding a zing of flavor to recipes which would benefit from its citrusy taste. Add a couple of drops to your next cake, cookie, cheesecake or brownie recipe and see how the lively orange flavor complements the other sweet flavors in the recipe, or try it with something savory like a duck or pork recipe. Orange oil boats a lovely, fresh flavor, and it is a worthy addition to your collection of oils.
The skins of about 220 oranges are cold-pressed to get 5 ounces of orange oil, so you can understand why the flavor is so rich and intense. Add orange oil to muffin or pie recipes, or use ¼ to ½ teaspoon of it if a recipe calls for a tablespoon of orange zest, to add the same fruity flavor but more quickly and easily than having to grate zest off the fruit.
The Appeal of Orange Oil
Forget scraping your knuckles grating orange zest and use this oil instead if your recipes. Versatile enough to give added flavor to all kinds of cake, cookie and dessert recipes, you can also use this oil to enhance your duck a l’orange. Add it to cupcake icing to give it an orange color tint plus add a citrus flavor, or use it to flavor biscotti or citrus cheesecake.
This oil is 90% limonene, making it suitable for use in household cleaning products. Not only will it cut through dirt and grease, but it will leave an attractive fragrance in its wake. This oil is an environmentally-friendly solvent and is found in stain removers, adhesives and also in some agricultural products. Orange oil may be used in aromatherapy. Did you know that just a sniff of orange oil can lower blood pressure a couple of points? This aroma is also believed to be a sedative, and good for indigestion, cramping or muscle spasms.
Where to Buy Orange Oil
You can find this oil in health food stores or specialty grocery stores. To be assured of a good quality product though, it might be a good idea to order it online somewhere with plenty of positive reviews.
Uses for Orange Oil
- 1. Add a few drops to vanilla frosting for a citrus flavor and also to add a hint of orange color.
- 2. Orange goes beautifully with chocolate so use orange oil in chocolate cake, chocolate cookies or chocolate brownie recipes to add a zing to the flavor.
- 3. Are you making duck a l’orange? Why not add a few drops of orange oil to the sauce mixture to bring out the flavor of the duck and give the dish an authentic flavor.
- 4. Orange oil can be used in aromatherapy, either during a massage or as a bath additive. It can lift the mood, make you feel energized and alert, reduce indigestion and cramps, and it is also good choice if you are suffering from a cold or the flu.
- 5. Whisk some with black pepper, extra-virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar for a tasty vinaigrette which is wonderful drizzled over mixed salad leaves.
Photo Credit: Boyajian Orange Oil (12.7 Oz)
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