Gallery: DIY GIFT IDEA: Flavored Cooking Oils In Beautiful Bottles


How do I do this?

First and foremost, make sure the bottles, funnel, and spoons are clean.

For a cold-infusion method, add a couple of tablespoons of dried herbs/spices (according to the flavors desired) into the bottle using the funnel so they don't scatter everywhere. Pour in oil to fill the bottle, cap it, and place it in a dark cupboard to infuse for 3-4 weeks to let the flavors develop. Then strain the contents into that spouted measuring cup, and funnel it back into the bottle.

For warm-infusion, heat your oil in a saucepan on med-high heat and add the same amount (or up to ¼ cup) of dried flavorings.  Turn the heat down and let it simmer for a couple of minutes, then set aside to cool. Strain through a fine metal strainer or cheesecloth, funnel into your bottles, and store in your cupboard.

When using dried herbs and spices, these flavored oils will be good to use for up to a year. These oils should be used as dipping/drizzling oils rather than to cook with — they can taste a bit scorched if heated too much.

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1 Comment

  1. jsv November 20, 2012 at 4:49 pm

    Flavored olive oils and dressings make great gifts but watch out; there are safe and unsafe ways to make infused olive oil. The unsafe way is to put anything in the oil that contains any trace of water or moisture. That would include garlic, lemon peel, fresh peppers, fresh herbs and spices. The oil will not support bacterial growth but the water containing herbs will. Botulism bacteria can grow in this type of environment, even in a sealed bottle.

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