Herb and chili infused olive oil DIY
Creating your Christmas DIY list? Why not make something for that culinary aunt or friend of yours with this super easy and fun gift! Homemade infused oils only take minutes to put together and make a great gift for food lovers and anyone who loves to cook. Many different items can be used, including fresh herbs, whole spices, chilis, garlic, citrus, etc. Combined with a pre-loved, vintage bottle, this is the ultimate DIY for Christmas
- Glass bottles
- Bottle stoppers
- Olive oil
- Infusing ingredients (see list above)
- Rolling pin
Make the oil one week before gifting.
Sterilize all bottles: it is important to do this as infused oils risk bacterial contamination. Always start by washing the bottles with warm, soapy water, then follow your favourite sterilizing method, such as using the oven, or a boiling water bath.
Wash all your ingredients and leave to dry completely.
Making the oils
For herbs: run a rolling pin over the herb sprigs to bruise the leaves and release the flavours. Place one to three sprigs in bottle
For citrus: use a citrus peeler and place three to four large ribbons or peel in your bottle
For spices: no preparation needed. Do not grind spices. Use whole spices only
For chilis: place whole chilis and/or chilis cut in half lengthwise into your bottle.
Sealing the oils
Use a funnel to pour the olive oil in the bottle. Ensure the oil covers the ingredients entirely to avoid mould, then firmly seal with a bottle stopper. Shake the bottle every day for one week. When ready for use, oil must be stored in the fridge and used within a week.
And of course, you can make your gift even more unique by using recycled or vintage bottles! Luckily for you Used.ca has tons. Click here to search your local site for antique bottles