Thursday, August 27, 2009

Going Gourmet...

Hosted by Designs by Gollum

You know those pricey bottles of "flavored" oils?

Well, the last rain and sunny days we had made my own basil bloom like a community potluck depended on it, and I still have a lot of Pure Olive Oil from Costco last September. So, with that in mind, I decided to finally use the $2.99 bottle I got from IKEA last month and make my own!
I know, I'm not creating a trend, but I'm more gloating over the fact that I was finally able to do it!
See that good looking bunch, that's only a few stems. Yummy!
And here it is! I purposely bruised most of the leaves to start the infusion. After only a few hours, the olive oil smelled incredible!
  1. Make sure the bottle you use is sanitized (washed in hot, rinsed well and dried)
  2. Harvest the herbs you will use.
  3. Rinse herbs lightly on all sides and pat dry lightly. Let dry on a paper towel for a few hours or overnight. Or lightly blanch in a boiling water. Again, let dry completely.
  4. Slowly insert herbs in the bottle, lightly bruising some of the leaves.
  5. Pour oil slowly with a small funnel.
  6. Leave a gap from the mouth to the top of the oil level to aerate.
  7. Make sure the lid is secure to keep from spoiling.
What's the first thing you should drizzle it on? Some great steak of course, I made some steak, basil and tomato salad, eat with steamed rice and you'll have an amazing explosion in your mouth!

Ok, I'm off to bake some sandwich bread for tomorrow!

Thanks for hosting Michael Lee and thanks for visiting!


Poppedijne said...

A very good idea and this will be lovely on pasta's en focaccia bread too!

Martha said...

There is nothing like fresh herbs --I do vinegars and make pesto for the freezer with my basil -- which is growing like gangbusters right now!

Chandy said...

Hello ladies! Good morning and thank you!

Southerncook said...

Great idea Chandy. I may do the same with some of my basil. We have had so much rain lately that my basil is getting quite large. Thank you also for visiting my blog.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

The Fajdich Times said...

My basil is doing so well. I think I will give this a try. I just love the smell of it:)

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I must make some this year. I wonder how long will it keep?

Love the shoes in the post below :)


Mary said...

What a great idea. I'll have to give this a try. My basil is getting ready to bolt. It's time has come :-).

Entertain Exchange said...

I have so much I know what to do with it!

Thanks for a great idea.

Eldredge Family said...

It looks to pretty to eat! Your kids are all getting so big and pretty! I love your new pumps they are adorable! Have a great day and night! You look wonderful BTW!

Chandy said...

Thank you dear ladies!

Chandy said...

Crystal, I loved it, too! I know the kids are just so bent on growing up. LOL

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

I'll bet this is amazing! And it looks pretty too!

Kathleen said...

Looks excellent!
Some critters ate all my basil!
The nerve!!! :)

xinex said...

What a great idea,, Chandy! I have so much basil in my garden and I do not know what to do with them. They just kept sprouting everywhere. Thanks for stopping. I've really missed you and your tablescapes. SS misses you too, LOL! Hope you get to relax every now and then...Christine

darnold23 said...

I do the same thing, and I also flavor vinegars as well. I would love for you to join me for Crock Pot Wednesday on Mister Linky will be up by Tuesday for your entry. Thanks so much for posting.

Joyce said...

Good idea and they make cute gifts too.

Chandy said...

Ladies, thank you all for coming... I hope to be able to visit most of you soon.

Empress Jade said...

Basil is my favorite herb and this was the first year I've been successful in growing my own. Going to try infusing some in olive oil tonight. YUM!

XOXO Empress

p.s. found your blog in SITS