Lavender flowers are great for crafting and naturally scenting your home or homemade bath products, but did you know they can be used in the kitchen too? Lavender is an edible plant, with a spicy flavor that many enjoy. Cooking with lavender can be easy; you just need to know which foods it pairs well with.
Lavender is one of my favorite herbs. It has an amazing smell, gorgeous color, is easy to grow, and has so many healthy uses! I use lavender in satchels to help everyone get a peaceful night's sleep, hang to keep closets from smelling stale, and use the flowers from my lavender plants in the kitchen! Lavender flowers add not just a fragrance to your home, but a delicious addition to many foods. You will find they impart great flavor to many foods, very easily.
7 Creative Ways To Cook With Lavender Flowers
1. Craft your own lavender sugar: Take one part dried lavender flowers to two parts white sugar and place the ingredients in a jar. Seal the jar for one week. Stir well and if you wish to sift out the lavender blooms you can. You now have lavender sugar, perfect for using in warm beverages or summer drinks. It is also a great addition to the top of a pie or simple sugar cookie!
2. Add some flavor to your honey: You can add a few lavender sprigs directly into your bottle of honey. The longer it sits, the more intense the lavender flavor will be. This is a great way to dress up toast, biscuits, and other bread that you add honey too for a special treat. You may want to test this in a separate container before flavoring all of your honey to make sure everyone likes the addition of lavender.
3. Craft lavender syrup: A lavender flower syrup is perfect for adding to desserts, beverages, and even cocktails. To make your own, mix 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 cup of any sweet dessert wine, and 3 tablespoons of regular orange juice. Heat in a saucepan and add 2 tablespoons of lavender blooms. Bring to a boil, reduce, and strain. Your syrup is now ready to be used. I love the idea of pouring the homemade lavender syrup into small bottles to add to gift baskets for friends!
4. Give cookies a kick: Lavender blooms can be added to any cookie recipe to give them a unique flavor. Just stir the blooms directly into the batter and bake as you normally would. You can also use this trick with sweet bread recipes if you wish.
5. Marinate meat: Add a teaspoon of dried lavender blooms to a cup of olive oil and let the mixture rest for an hour. Brush it over chicken or steak, even fish prior to grilling or baking. The flavor is quite savory and even a tad spicy.
6. Add edible garnish to beverages: Add a pop of color and flavor to your beverages when you toss in some fresh lavender flowers. Not only can it make lemonade and cocktails look lovely, but the sprig can be placed in the beverage for added flavor and can be eaten when done.
7. Spice up your fruit salad: You can toss fresh or dried lavender right into fruit salads to give it a tasty kick and also add some color. This is a great idea for bridal or baby showers as it adds a fresh spin to the dish while adding some flavor as well.
Fresh lavender flowers can be found at your local farmer’s market or most health food stores. You could even add lavender seeds to your flower or vegetable garden and pick the flowers right out of your own yard! You will find it to be affordable too, making it even easier to add to your dishes. Give these creative ways to cook with lavender a try and see how enjoyable it can be.
More tips for using lavender:
- Lemon Lavender Homemade Bath Bombs
- Homemade Lavender Bath Salt
- Homemade Lavender Body Scrub
- 20 Uses For Lavender Essential Oil