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

 

Do I have to use dried herbs? What if I want to use fresh ones?

Using fresh ingredients that still have moisture in them can lead to bacteria growth, and no-one wants to poison their friends. If you’re dead-set on using fresh herbs, then your method of oil-flavoring will be a bit different, and you’ll prepare this just a day or two before gifting it.

Heat the oil in a saucepan on medium heat, add the flavoring agents, and then remove from the heat to let it all steep. Once cooled, strain the oil and use your funnel to transfer it to your bottles, then refrigerate them. Tell the recipients to keep them in the fridge, and use them within 10 days. For fresh oils like this, it’s best to make smaller gift bottles so they’ll be used up quickly and nothing goes to waste.

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  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.

    http://www.oliveoilsource.com/page/infusing-olive-oil

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