Saturday, October 13, 2012

From my kitchen: Herb-infused olive oil


Despite summer being already almost forgotten and the temperatures dropping way too close to zero, my herb garden still manages to survive somehow. I have two pots of fresh basil on my windowsill (but sadly, no fresh tomatoes to eat with it anymore), a rosemary and oregano on my balcony,  and sage and thyme in our greenhouse. But with all the frostiness in the air, I don't think they'll survive much longer. That's why I've been pondering ways to preserve their wonderful taste and perfume for cold winter months. Apart from drying them in the food dehydrator, this infused olive oil seems like the perfect solution. I use olive oil almost daily and this is just the right way to give my seasoning a little twist.

It's very easy to make: you only need a hermetical bottle (I bought mine here) 1/2l olive oil and various fresh herbs. Wash the herbs, let them dry on a paper towel (they should be completely dried) and put them in a clean bottle. Heat the oil in a pot (it should be warm, but not boiling) and pour it into the bottle. Close tightly and let sit in a cold, dark place for a week or two. Now you can enjoy this delicious oil in your salads, vinaigrette, marinades or as a table condiment.

What is your favorite way to preserve summer flavors for winter?


11 comments:

  1. I bet this does the trick with many dishes ;) There are some kinds of olive oil that are ready made like this but I bet this has much more flavour!

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  2. This is very common practise in Spain and Italy. I also add a few cloves of garlic sometimes.
    Hope you are well Sweets xx

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  3. I would love to try and make my own bottle of herbed olive oil, sounds like a great additive to just about anything! Thanks for the good idea

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  4. You make this look so easy and I've wanted to try this for a long time! I would like to try this as a little drizzle or dip for bread!

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  6. Such a smart idea. I like that the herbs are fresh so I know the olive oil will have an amazing flavor.

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  7. What a cool idea! You always have the PERFECT posts, Ivana!
    Have a lovely weekend. :)
    xoxo

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  8. Very impressive and informative! I am impressed by the way you have used fresh herbs to prepare herbal olive oil. Thanks for the info.

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  9. I absolutely love this idea. And the bottle looks very decorative on top of it all. xo

    LUXESSED

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  10. This looks good and I love the composition of your photos!

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  11. Looks absolutely divine! How very Julia Childs of you! I'm definitely doing this pronto! I'll send you an update on how it went!

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