Wednesday, December 10, 2014

gourmet gifts | infused oil

Another great and easy homemade gourmet gift is infused oils.  Flavored oils add more depth to dishes.  Plus they can be customized so you can give personalized gifts to your friends and family!

infused oil
 {infused oil}

infused oil
   {Don't forget to put expiration dates on the oil!}

Be careful when making infused oils from fresh ingredients like garlic because it can lead to botulism.  Read here for more information, but if you follow the directions for the fresh method below, you will greatly reduce the risk of botulism.

Infused Oil

Makes 1 quart

1 quart olive oil
Herbs and spices
Bottles with airtight lids
  1. Dry method: If using dried herbs and spices, mix with olive oil and allow to set for 1 week before gifting.  Attach gift tag with expiration date of 3 months from original mixing.
  2. Fresh method:  If using fresh herbs and spices, mix with olive oil in a casserole dish.  Roast in a 350 degree oven for about 30 minutes (oil should be bubbling).  Cool.  Store in the the fridge.  Attach gift tag with expiration date of 6 weeks from original mixing.
  3. Give out to family and friends! 
For more flavor combinations and ideas, head to Epicurious!

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