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Homemade Food Gifts: Herbed Oils

Posted by Shannon L. Buck on December 1, 2010


Olive oil from Imperia in Liguria, Italy.

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(Here is another gift idea, originally posted to the Frugal Recipes blog this morning. I hope you all enjoy it.)

Herbed oils can be made easily and used in small ratios (1/2 to 2 tablespoons) on salads and in stir fries. Experimentation is allowed, in order to find other ways in which these oils can be used.

Make these when the herbs are harvested from the garden, so they are at their freshest. The oils will store for up to one year after making them.

The basic preparations work like this:

1. Place three 2-inch sprigs of herbs/leaves into each, per each cup of oil that the jar will hold.

2. Put one garlic, shallot or other ingredient into the necessary jars as well, per cup of oil that each jar will hold.

3. Heat oil over low-medium heat until warm with a good scent; about three to five minutes (longer if lots of oil). Do not boil.

4. Pour oil into jars, over the other items.

5. Let cool.

6. Cover each jar.

7. Tie a tag around each bottle, with raffia or twine, with its’ ingredient list and ‘From (Your Names’) Kitchen.’ Also note how long the oil will last (once given as gift). Mention how each oil may be used.

Variations:

* Olive oil: Garlic, oregano and thyme.

* Sunflower oil: Garlic and dill.

Tips:

* Purchase oils in bulk and/or on sale to save money. You can also use coupons to save money.

* Find other oil and herb combinations.

References:

Rodale’s Illustrated Encyclopedia of Herbs (1987, Rodale Press)

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