Cooking with Hemp Seed Oil
Hemp seed oil has an interesting flavor--it’s nutty and warm and a little bit rich. If you’re a lover of various vegetable oils, I’d suggest hemp’s flavor is most analogous to walnut oil.
As such, it can’t be just subbed in for any other vegetable/cooking oil.
Here are a couple important pieces of info before you get started.
- Hemp seed oil has a really low smoke point, 325 degrees F. That means you’ll want to use it carefully in cooking because if you try to sear some steaks in it, you’re gonna have a hemp-stinking house & funky-flavored steaks!
- Hemp oil’s unique flavor makes it a perfect finishing ingredient--use it in marinades, salads, with bread, drizzled on roasted veg or popcorn before serving.
There are a couple of misconceptions about hemp seed oil that we should probably clear up.
First - There is difference between hemp seed oil & CBD oil. Hemp seed cooking oil does not contain CBD or THC in significant quantities.
Second - As the hemp plants mature in the field, the CBD & THC presence spikes, but then once the plants seed, CBD and THC presence all but disappears. This is one of the reasons that industrial hemp activists have been so aggressive on ending prohibition of industrial hemp.
For industrial applications, mature plants are no longer controlled substances or anywhere near them.
Third - Hemp seeds do contain protein, but the oil does not - the protein is all in the shells and the meats--vegetable oils are all fats extracted from plants.
And now that’s all out of the way, let’s talk about some ways to incorporate hemp seed oil into your holiday cooking!
You’ll want to add some hemp oil anywhere you’d like a rich, nutty flavor infusion.
Serve it with the rolls instead of or in addition to butter.
Drizzle it on top of the green bean casserole to elevate a Turkey-day favorite.
Make salad dressing using 2 parts of your favorite vinegar (strongly recommend red wine or apple cider), one part of hemp oil, some dehydrated garlic, dried or fresh sage, a splash of soy sauce or worchestershire, salt, pepper, and just a dash of sugar. If you’ve never served a brussels sprouts slaw, I’d recommend trying this tossed with raw, shredded brussels sprouts and napa cabbage. Give it a sweet/tart bite and festive coloring with some pomegranate seeds and fresh basil.
If your family is fond of steamed cauliflower, toss it in a little hemp seed cooking oil, salt, pepper, garlic, and vietnamese chili-garlic paste before serving.
If your people like homemade condiments, try subbing some or all of the oil in your favorite mayo recipe with hemp oil. It’ll have a gorgeous green hue, and you can put this on your leftover turkey sandwiches or serve it as a dipping sauce with roasted brussels sprouts & toasted pecans. Add a little garlic and call it an aioli! Impressive and adventurous!
We hope you’ll enjoy bringing the hemp seed oil to the table this Thanksgiving, and that you and yours have an excellent celebration followed by a prosperous year.