Who doesn’t love an infused olive oil? If you’re looking for suggestions on how to elevate your next meal, just try a lemon or rosemary-infused olive oil. These oils will take all of your favorite types of pastas, salads, and/or main dishes to the next level! Even though anyone can buy a bottle of pre-infused oil, it’s rewarding to make an infusion of your own in your fully equipped kitchen. Here are a few simple tips to follow if you’re interested in infusing your own olive oil.
Gather your container and tools.
For best results, you should set aside a glass bottle for your newly infused olive oil. Be sure that your container has a sturdy lid and is large enough to contain your mixture. You’ll also need access to a range and saucepan. Finally, if you’re working with herbs, consider purchasing a fine mesh strainer, which will help you purify the oil when the time comes.
Select your infusion of choice.
There are many different routes to take when it comes to infusing olive oil. You can add zest with citrus peels, throw in a few stalks of rosemary, or add a variety of natural herbs for a delicious hodgepodge of flavors. Garlic is another great, all-purpose flavor. Feeling adventurous? Try chilis for a subtle spicy flavor that tastes great with Mexican and Latin food.
Mix it up!
Infusing olive oil is quite simple: all you have to do is heat your oil and the infusion mix of choice (lemon, pepper, herb, etc.) over your stove. Simply pour ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil in a medium saucepan and add citrus rinds, herbs, garlic cloves, or chilis to the pan. Allow the mixture to warm over low heat. Be careful not to let the mixture boil or splatter. Once heated through, strain out your additional ingredients, and pour the newly infused oil into a clean, dry glass bottle.
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