I have a recipe that calls for Lemon Oil. Which do I buy regular or natural?
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Buy food grade lemon oil from the supermarket ie it will be with the groceries. Natural is better than synthetic.
Unless your local grocery stores are a LOT better stocked than mine, you won't find Lemon Oil in the grocery aisles for love nor money. (I'm assuming you're in the US, couldn't say about other places). What you'll find in the grocery aisles will be Lemon EXTRACT which is not the same thing. There are several online sources however, among them King Arthur and americanspice.com
I don't know what "regular" or "natural" would be. You definitely want food grade lemon oil, and not some type of "essential oil" for aromatherapy or perfume making.
since i don't know what you're making, i don't know if this would work but...you might be able to use grated lemon zest instead of lemon oil...i do it the other way around all the time (i use the oil in place of the zest).
the info i have on substituting says that one quarter to one half teaspoon of oil is equal to one tablespoon of zest.
hope this helps.
The lemon oil we sell has been a best-seller for us for years, and our recipes are developed using this oil. If you go to the grocery store, DO NOT get lemon oil polish, lemon oil cleaning fluid, or anything else; most groceries don't carry pure edible lemon oil, so beware...
Man, I didn't even THINK about something like furniture polish, LOL!
Flavoring oils used to be common in grocery stores, mostly for candymaking (there I go showing my age again).
Unfortunately this is no longer the case. You may be able to find some locally if there's a candymaking specialty shop nearby, or sometimes a cake shop.
Would someplace like Michael's or AC Moore carry them, since they have a cake/candy aisle?
If they did, you can often print a coupon online.
I'd be sort of surprised if they did but if you were going out that direction anyway it might be worth checking. I'd think your chances were higher at a little hole-in-the-wall type of place, locally owned, or maybe by asking at a local confectioner's or bakery (CAKE type of bakery) if they'd sell you some, if they have any.