An infused olive oil is a cooking oils that has been enhanced with natural seasonings. When frying or sautéing, infused oils can give dishes a unique flavor.
Flavored oil can be used as a dipping oil or sprinkled on top of salads.
Did you know that olive oil is one of the most healthy cooking oils? It is the illusion of adding flavors that make it so popular.
Utilizing A Clear Bottle
It is best to put the olive oil and spices in a clear glass bottle. Seal the jar and let it sit at room temperature for several hours or up to a month. It is extremely important that the cap and jar are completely sterilized. Flavorful substances may cause oil to go rancid.
Once the infused oils reach the desired flavor level, they should be kept refrigerated to ensure freshness.
A sexy infusion is another way to consume olive oil infused with herbs and spices. Mix the olive oil with herbs and spices in an saucepan. The mixture is then gently heated on a stove. The mixture should be heated to 180 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit (82-93 degrees Celsius) to fully release any flavorings. The flavored cooking oils are then strained into a container, sealed, and kept at room temperature.
An older method of infusing olive oil is to use a food processor/blender. This system is especially useful for dry spices or woody fibers. The food processor will combine the olive oil and any other ingredients. The chef can also strain the mixture. To preserve the best flavor, pour the infused oils into ribbons.
What about the Herbs?
To make flavored olive oil, you can add a mixture of herbsherbs or spices to the oil. Many people love to make infused oils with fresh rosemary, thyme and tarragon. Oils with a stronger flavor can include fresh or dried chilies or curry, cumin or cardamom. You can also add shallots or ginger to root additions.
How do I season it?
Individuals can choose the seasonings used in making infused oil. Some people like to add fresh garlic to make an all-purpose flavoring oil. Some people will combine unique creations with mint or citrus zest and specialty cooking oils. The best recipe to infuse olive oil with a flavor that is similar to the chef's cooking style and preferences is the one you create.