DIY Spice Infused Oil September 15 2015

Whether you’re looking to create an infused oil for personal use or are getting a jump start on DIY holiday gift planning, look no further than your pantry to create a delicious and flavorful spice infused oil! Not only are they easy to make, but they can quickly jazz up salad dressings, go great in a stir fry, and much more.

Generally, you will need about 2 tablespoons of spices per cup of oil you choose. Oil can be flavored using whole or ground spices, either on the stovetop or in the oven as detailed below:

  • Stovetop: Heat your oil (like olive, peanut, grapeseed, or avocado oil) in a medium saucepan with selected spices for about 5 minutes - or until the mixture is slightly bubbling. Remove from heat to cool.
  • In-oven: In an oven safe bowl or pot, heat oil and spices at 300°F for 40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow it to cool.

Once your oil mixture is cool from the above methods, strain it using a fine-mesh sieve lined with a cheesecloth, then funnel the liquid into your bottle. Infused oils should last about a month when stored properly(refrigerated) so if making for a gift, be sure to include use by date and storage instructions!

For some inspiration - try infusing your oil with your favorite La Flor spice, like crushed red pepper, achiote annatto seeds, anise seeds, coriander, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, or fennel seeds!