Use These Infused Olive Oil Recipes to Make the Perfect Gift!


Use These Infused Olive Oil Recipes to Make the Perfect Gift! | thegoodstuff

Handmade gifts are my favorite thing to give during the holidays, and these infused olive oils are no exception. Each infused olive oil recipe is easy to make at home and fun to dress up in a bottle and give.

You can make a big batch for all your friends and family right at home, and even experiment with a few different flavors.

Ready to get started with these easy infused olive oil recipes? Check out my quick tips and steps for how to infuse olive oil below.

Cheri’s tip: The quality of your infused olive oil depends greatly on the quality of the olive oil you use. As a rule, the better the olive oil, the better the infused oil. Simple, right?

You can buy large containers of olive oil at Costco and similar stores at a reasonable price, and a bigger bottle of olive oil will give you enough to make 10-15 bottles of infused olive oil.

You can cook up all sorts of fun, homemade holiday gifts right in your kitchen! Try making these bourbon-soaked cherries and other homemade gifts in jars

How to Infuse Olive Oil

Get started by deciding what flavor you want to make. Are you looking for a chili oil recipe, garlic-infused olive oil recipe, or maybe a rosemary-infused olive oil? Once you’ve decided, follow the steps for the type of infused olive oil you want to make below.

How to Make Herb-Infused Olive Oil

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Ingredients

• 1 cup olive oil per bottle
• 4-5 sprigs of woodsy herbs per 1 cup olive oil or 1 cup fresh basil or cilantro

Cheri’s tip: If you’re using fresh herbs like basil or cilantro, you’ll want to wash and dry them thoroughly, then blanch them and blend them with your olive oil in a food processor prior to heating. Woodsy herbs, like rosemary and thyme, can be heated with the oil.

Directions

1. Add your herbs (be sure fresh, non-woodsy herbs have been blanched first) to olive oil.

2. Warm olive oil for 5 minutes on low, or until the oil just starts to bubble, not boil.

3. Remove from heat and let cool before bottling.

4. Strain olive oil before bottling for clear oil, or keep herbs in bottle with oil for a pretty, rustic look.

How to Make Citrus-Infused Olive Oil

Citrus-infused olive oil is great in salad dressing and sauces. You can add a finishing touch to a piece of fish or chicken just with a drizzle of citrus-infused oil and a pinch of salt and pepper!

Ingredients

• 2 oranges or 3 lemons
• 1 cup olive oil

Directions

1. Clean and dry fruit before peeling. Avoid getting the white pith.

2. Add peels to olive oil and warm for 5 minutes on low, or until the oil just starts to bubble, not boil.

3. Remove from heat and let cool before bottling. For a more delicate flavor, remove the peels while cooling. For a stronger flavor, leave the peels in the oil while it cools.

Cheri’s tip: Try limes, clementines, and grapefruit for different flavors!

How to Make Garlic-Infused Olive Oil

Garlic-infused olive oil makes a delicious dipping sauce for bread. Serve it alongside a fresh loaf for your own holiday dinner, or gift it with a homemade bread mix.

Ingredients

• 1/3 cup garlic
• 1 cup olive oil

Directions

1. Wash garlic after peeling to remove all impurities, then roast garlic 30 minutes before adding it to oil to improve flavor.

2. Add garlic to olive oil and warm for 5 minutes on low, or until the oil just starts to bubble, not boil.

3. Remove from heat and let cool before bottling.

Other Olive Oil Flavors to Try

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Got those infused olive oil recipes down? Try these custom variations for extra flavor!

Rosemary-Lemon: Warm both rosemary and lemon together in oil for 5 minutes, then let cool.

Orange & Star Anise: Warm orange zest and star anise together in oil for 5 minutes, then let cool.

Garlic-Basil: Blanch and drain basil, then blend basil with oil. Warm garlic in olive oil and basil mixture for 5 minutes, then let cool.

Bottling Your Infused Olive Oil

The best way to gift your infused olive oil is by putting it in a swing top bottle. Don’t forget to print out a label, add a handwritten note and gift tag, and attach them to the bottle before gifting.

Bormioli Rocca Square Swing Bottle, $3.49 at Amazon

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