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Use Aromatherapy to Add Some Flavor To Your Meals

Aug 17, 2007
When it comes to cooking, if you think of yourself as a veteran, you likely implement some of the aromatherapy principles within the items you cook. Some ingredients such as flavored butters or infused oils tempt your smell receptors along with adding a great deal of delightful flavors to your foods.

Many people do not really consider eating to be more than using the taste buds, generally because we are often pressed for time. We never really take the time to enjoy and appreciate the meals we eat. Unfortunate as it is, it is a true fact that many families today are so busy, that when we do cook, we simply gulp it down, never truly allowing the brain the ability to savor and enjoy the experience of eating. If many people slowed down and did not simply eat to eat, they would find that along with the taste buds, our smell is enticed as well.

You may not even realize it, but our sense of smell dictates more of what we eat and taste than our taste buds. If this were not true, we would simply rely on what the tongue tells us, such as sourness, sweetness, bitterness, or saltiness. When we walk into a home, restaurant, or kitchen, when any meal is being cooked, the first thing that happens is that we smell the food. We do not even have to see it, when we smell it, often times we are able to differentiate the aromas and define them, making us hungry and yearning for that food.

If you are looking to implement aromatherapy with your cooking, take not of the following tips.

Be crafty and incorporate experimentation into your cooking. You should add different edible flowers, spices, and herbs into your meals. These things can call make boring foods exciting, such as vegetables that no one really wants to eat.

If you are trying to lose weight, you can use aromatherapy as a diet plan. Fat foods such as butter, gravy, cream, and cheese, while tasting good, really packs on the calories. Therefore, opting to incorporate proteins, vegetables, and fruits into the foods you cook, then giving them some flavor with oils and herbs can provide you with all the necessary nutrients and vitamins. You will be surprised at how good you feel physically and mentally.

Of course, before adding these flavors and aromas to your food, they must be extracted from their plant. A good way of doing so would be to use heat. However, be careful, because too much heat can cause damage, which will spoil the meals you cool. Low and slow heating will provide you with the best results.

Which products can you use for aromatherapy cooking?

Infusions work wonderfully with aromatherapy cooking. They are easy to make and add a great variety of flavors to your foods. Steeped water or oil infusion are perfect with flowers and herbs.

Herbed butter, when used with caution can provide your foods with savory aroma and delightful flavors. These are also extremely easy to make within your kitchen.

Fresh herbs are recommended when cooking, because in general, more flavors are extracted when fresh.

If you love pasta, you may generally eat them with meats and cheeses. However, opt for infused oil sauteed veggies instead, for healthier eating.

For seafood, vegetables, and poultry, brush them with herbed butter. Then take aluminum foil, wrap them tightly, and throw them on the grill. The steam from the grill, allows the flavor of the butter to soak into the foods.
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