Making flavored oils has been done for centuries, but is now getting the curiosity of many as it’s being considered a great personalized gift. Plus, they add an extra dimension to your meals. They look pretty good too — which means they add to your kitchen’s aesthetics!
If you want to make your own flavored oils, you’ve come to the right place! Here’s how homemade flavored oils come to life in your very own kitchen.
How to Make Homemade Flavored Oils
What you’ll need
- Large measuring cup with spout
- A big bottle of the oil (I mostly use good quality olive oil)
- Spices and dried herbs of your choice
- Bottles (such as mason jars, red wine bottles, prestige longneck bottles, etc.)
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How it’s done
- Once you have the materials ready, just heat your choice of oil in a saucepan over low heat. Most beginners start with olive oil, but you can choose other oils, too — as long as you’re comfortable.
- Add herbs and spices and steep until fragrant. You can use citrus zest, peppers, rosemary, thyme, and other herbs. Using garlic is okay, too, but it may cause the growth of C. Botulinum, which is a hazardous bacteria. If using garlic, to be safe, make flavored oils in small batches, and consume within 10 days.
- After steeping, let the oil cool, and strain before keeping it in an airtight container or glass bottle.
Apart from the given instructions above, you could also try infusing oil through the cold infusion method. To do this, just follow the instructions below:
- Add dried spices and herbs to the bottle of your choice. Make sure to use the funnel so that the ingredients are not scattered.
- Once the herbs and spices are there, pour the oil in.
- Put the cap of the bottle on, and then hide it in a dark cupboard for at least 3 to 4 weeks. This is to make sure that the flavors would really be infused.
- After the said matter of time, strain the contents to remove any residues and then pour it back into the bottle.
Now, you can use your flavored oils for making popcorn, grilled vegetables, roasted peppers, or dipping sauces, among others.
What’s in store
Mostly, I use olive oil to make infused oils. Coconut oil works as well if you live in a warmer climate. Both can be used for most cooking and are heart-healthy.
You could use any other oil to your liking. The herbs and spices you’ll add will improve their nutritional value as they’re full of antioxidants that destroy free radicals — and keep you looking healthy and radiant!
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Make your own now!
Flavored oils do not only taste good and improve the quality of your dishes, but they also look beautiful — especially when you see them on your kitchen counter. Make one for yourself, or surprise a loved one with it — you’ll both be in for a treat!
Thanks for reading. I hope this information was helpful. Until next time!
Crazy cat lady, life and food lover, certified biologist, and holistic health coach.