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DIY Infused Olive Oil

DIY Infused Olive Oil

Home made gifting is a great way to show your appreciation to your loved ones, while keeping it personalised and low cost. 

Making your own infused oils is an easy DIY gift you can squeeze in around your busy holiday calendar, there are just a couple of tips to bear in mind when infusing oils.

Quality matters. Always start with a good-quality extra virgin olive oil as the base for your infusions.

Balance Flavours. Consider balancing strong flavors (like garlic or chili) with milder ones (such as basil or lemon).



1. Select your ingredients...

When selecting your herbs, spices and citrus, consider the warmth of rosemary, the kick of chili, the zest freshness of lemon, and also just what you have on hand. Wash and dry the fresh herbs/citrus. If you’re using dried herbs or spices, you can use them as they are. Cut citrus fruits into thin slices or zest them for a concentrated flavour.

2. Infusion time!

  1. Heat the Olive Oil: Pour the olive oil into a saucepan and warm it over low heat. Don’t let it boil or simmer. Aim for a gentle warmth; this helps the oil absorb the flavours better.
  2. Add Your Ingredients: Add your chosen herbs, spices, and citrus slices or zest into the warm oil. Experiment with different combinations – a classic rosemary-garlic blend or a spicy chili-lime infusion, perhaps?
  3. Let it Simmer: Let the mixture simmer on low heat for 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on it to make sure the oil doesn’t overheat.
  4. Cool and Strain: After simmering, allow the oil to cool to room temperature. Strain the oil through cheesecloth into a clean bowl to remove the solid bits. This ensures a clear infusion.

4. Bottling Magic!

Using a funnel, carefully pour the infused oil into your glass bottles. Make sure to leave a little space at the top for expansion. Secure the bottles with corks or screw caps.

5. Personalise your gift

Get creative with your labeling! Write a heartfelt message, add cooking instructions, or simply name the infusion. Tie some twine around the bottle neck and perhaps attach a sprig of the infused herb for a decorative touch.

Now for the fun part, we've complied some of our fave flaves, but can't wait to hear with what you come up with!

1. Classic Herb Infusion:

  • Rosemary and Garlic: A timeless combination, perfect for roasted vegetables or grilled meats.
  • Basil and Parmesan: Great for pasta dishes and caprese salads.
  • Thyme and Lemon: Wonderful for poultry and seafood recipes.

2. Spicy Infusion:

  • Chili and Lime: Adds a spicy kick to stir-fries, tacos, or even popcorn.
  • Garlic and Red Pepper: Ideal for pasta, pizza, or as a dipping oil for crusty bread.
  • Black Peppercorn and Basil: A versatile choice for salads and marinades.

3. Citrus Infusion:

  • Lemon and Dill: Perfect for fish dishes and salad dressings.
  • Orange and Rosemary: Lovely for marinades, especially for grilled chicken or pork.
  • Lime and Cilantro: Great for Mexican-inspired dishes and salsas.

4. Aromatic Infusion:

  • Lavender and Thyme: Adds a delicate floral note, excellent for desserts like lemon cakes or shortbread cookies.
  • Sage and Walnut: A unique combination, perfect for drizzling over roasted squash or sweet potato dishes.
  • Lemon Verbena and Mint: Refreshing and ideal for desserts, teas, or fruit salads.

5. Mediterranean Infusion:

  • Oregano and Sundried Tomato: Excellent for pasta sauces and Mediterranean-style pizzas.
  • Fennel and Orange: A classic combination for salads, especially those with olives and goat cheese.
  • Basil and Pine Nut: Perfect for pesto lovers, this infusion is great for pasta, sandwiches, or as a dip.

6. Earthy Infusion:

  • Truffle Oil: For a luxurious touch, truffle oil is excellent on risottos, mashed potatoes, or even popcorn.
  • Sage and Porcini Mushroom: Adds a rich, umami flavor to sauces and gravies.
  • Thyme and Black Garlic: Perfect for roasted vegetables or as a finishing touch for steaks.

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