Disclaimer: the folks at Boyajian don’t know me from Adam . . . but I’d love to be a taste tester for them!
Do you have a flavor that beckons to you when you’re browsing through a cookbook or a menu? I do. If I see lemon zest or lime zest, my mouth waters and I explore further. I was reading a cooking article in a magazine several years ago that recommended using pure citrus oil if you’re going to add citrus flavoring – and Boyajian Pure Citrus Oils were recommended as the best. I ordered a sampler pack and have kept them in the door of my fridge ever since. When I got my first order, I read on the back of little green box, “ To appreciate the remarkable intensity of these oils, imagine it takes 44 oranges, 66 lemons and 80 limes to fill a 1 oz bottle of oil. Use sparingly in place of peel or zest.” (I really think there should be exclamation points after those statements) It’s hard to shut me up when I start singing the praises of these magical oils. They’ve been one of my secret ingredients for a long time and I’m finally spilling the beans.
A scant 1/4 teaspoon turns a vinaigrette into an exquisite dressing for a spinach salad. This one is 2 parts EVO oil, 1 part (white) vinegar, honey to taste and a 1/4 tsp orange oil. I added a bit of parsley because I found a winter survivor in my herb garden.
This salad is a simple mix of baby spinach, Texas pecans, dried cranberries and chopped bits of bacon.
The Pure Lemon Oil is a favorite. I add a few drops to mayonnaise with a few grates of fresh pepper and use it as a dipping sauce for artichokes. It can also be used for a quick aioli sauce and sometimes I add it to EVO oil to saute veggies. Hands down, one of my favorite uses is in a Waldorf salad. It brightens the flavors so much, it puts a big grin on my face when I taste it.
Then there’s that delicious Pure Lime Oil. It’s also incredible mixed with mayo or EVO oil, but it has a ton of other uses. A dab stirred into margaritas or Mojitos gives them a zesty citrus punch. One of my favorite ways to use it is in homemade hot sauce and it rocks in fresh salsa. I make one with fresh corn, tomatoes, onions, cilantro and peppers in the summer and it never lasts long. Goooooood stuff.
One last thing . . . both times I ordered from Boyajian, they added a complimentary product sample. Check out their site and some of their other oils and vinegars. Delicious!