This is how the non-crafty people can fake a DIY lifestyle. Just a few easy steps and you can make your very own homemade olive oil infusions. You don’t have to limit yourself to these ingredients — get creative! Add dried chilies, orange peels, peppercorns, whatever your tastes lean towards. It’ll also give you an excuse to go out and buy those cute little jars you’ve had your eye on. Plus, these make the perfect holiday or hostess gifts. You’ll look like a super star, especially if you can add some fun labels to the bottles.
4 ½ cups olive oil (1 ½ cups for each infusion)
Flavorings (citrus, garlic, herbs)
Glass storage jars with tight lids
Step 1: Prepare the Infusion Ingredients
Wash and dry the herbs very well to remove any dirt. Peel 3 to 4 large sections of citrus peel with a fruit peeler. Wash and dry the rinds very well. Peel the garlic and chop in half.
Step 2: Heat the Oil
Add 1 ½ cups of oil plus just one of the infusion ingredients. Heat to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, remove from heat and allow to cool. Repeat for all infusions.
Step 3: Add Infusions to Jars
Remove the infusion ingredients from the oil and add to the jars. This will make filling the jars with oil much easier.
Step 4: Add the Oil
Using a funnel, pour the olive oil into the jars until filled. Seal the jars and refrigerate until ready to use.