How to Make Homemade Flavored Oils - Recipe
Making your own homemade flavored oil is a perfect way to easily bring the best garden flavors on your table. Just follow the few basic rules described in this recipe to make your lemon, herbed, spicy or mushroom flavored oil. Preparing them is surprisingly easy and it is also a lot of fun.
- Level: Easy
Following these simple rules you will be able to make delicious flavored oils with the produce of your own garden, such as dried herbs, dried tomatoes, lemon or orange zest, habanero, chili peppers or other spices of your choice.
In few weeks you will be able to enjoy these exquisite oils for cooking adding that extra kick of flavors to your dishes. Use these oils also for dressing your salads. Just few drops of flavored oil are enough to season and give a full flavor to your vegetables. Without the need for extra seasoning these oils are great for a light and healthy eating.
With time and experience you will find your own way to customize the flavored oil to reach the perfect balance of essences and flavors to fully satisfy your palate.
The Six Secrets for a Perfect Flavored Oil:
As a general rule, for the preparation of homemade flavored oils fresh herbs should be preferred over already dried ones to benefit from their full fragrance and range of flavors.
2. WATER FREE:
To best preserve the flavored oils, avoid adding any water in the oil. This will lower the chance of molds and fungi development. Herbs should not be washed and allowed to dry for at least a couple of hours before the infusion. Vegetables and mushrooms should be completely sun or oven dried.
To avoid the development of molds and fungi, you should carefully and completely keep immersed herbs, mushrooms, lemons or habanero peppers in the oil. The lack of oxygen will make it harder for fungi to develop.
Store your flavored oils in sterilized glass bottles in a dark and cool place. These conditions will help you to preserve the oil for a longer period while maintain its full flavor. To be very safe, at room temperature flavored oils last about 8 hours, while in the fridge they keep for up to 10 days.
Choose a light flavored extra virgin olive oil as a base for your flavored preparation. An oil with a strong body may overcome and hide the desired herbal notes. You can also use Canola, grapeseed, avocado or peanut oil.
When your oil has acquired the desired taste, filter it with the help of a strainer and transfer in a new sterile glass bottle. This optional step will further help you avoiding the development of undesired molds in your oil and the oil will keep for a bit longer.
In order to avoid the development of bacteria, fungi and/or botulin toxins, it is strongly suggested to keep your flavored oils in the refrigerator and, anyway, at temperatures below the 50F. For garlic flavored oils, consider using them in a few days. Otherwise, use the oil for cooking only; high temperatures are enough to destroy botulin toxins and turn the oil safe.
Must try homemade Flavored Oils
Porcini Flavored Oil:
Follow the suggestions above and immerse completely some dried porcini mushrooms in the oil and store. Let rest few hours or until the porcini flavors will be well distributed in the oil. Now is ready to be enjoyed.
Lemons and Citrus Flavored Oil:
Remove the pulp from a lemon and keep the zest. Cut in small pieces and let completely dry (in the warm oven or in the sun) before immersing it in the oil. Follow the same procedure for oranges, grapefruits and other citrus. Key factor for a good flavored oil are the essences in the zest, prefer good quality and ripe fruits.
Spicy Flavored Oil:
Use only dried hot pepper of your choice such as habanero peppers or jalapenos. The stronger the hot pepper chosen the faster your oil will reach the desired spiciness. See also Varieties of Peppers ↪
Herbs Flavored Oil:
Harvest and let dry your favorite herbs such as rosemary, sage or bay leaves. Place them in a glass bottle and, if desired, add some black or pink pepper corns. Top with oil until covering them completely. You can also add garlic to your herbs flavored oil, however use extra caution and follow the general rules above to avoid botulin intoxication.