Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Recipe Wednesday:Herb Infused Oil & Vinegar

Looking for a quick and easy way to make your own, gourmet flavored oil and vinegar? Who doesn't love those fancy gourmet bottles of flavored oil and vinegar, and at one time or another, even spend more than you should have on  them.

Why not make your own! That is what we  finally did. While at the Dollar Tree over Christmas, we came upon these oil and vinegar bottles and we knew we could make our own flavored oil and vinegar for much less and be happy with the way they looked and tasted.

Below you will find an assortment of the ingredients we used.

       These are the Dollar Tree bottles drying out after a good washing.

 For our flavored oil we choose to make a lemon mint flavored olive oil.

We really did not use any precise measurements. We just added as much of the ingredients as we liked. 

{For example, for the flavored oil, we filled the bottle with olive oil almost to the top after adding in the other ingredients. The same for the flavored vinegar.} 

We peeled off some lemon skin and tried not to get any of the pith attached to it.

We placed that in our bottle. Use a chop stick or something similar to help in loading up your bottles if needed.

Next went in the mint that we bruised a little to release some of the oils from the leaves.

Last we added in the olive oil almost up to the top leaving about an inch space.

                         Secure on the top. Love the pretty organic look to this.

Place in a cool, dry shady spot for a week. Check flavor, and if not strong enough, leave it and check after three days. 

We removed the lemon and mint when it was ready to be used. Store in a cool dry cupboard and use within 2-3 weeks.

   For our flavored vinegar we decided to flavor it with rosemary and garlic.

Using clean dry springs of  rosemary from the garden, we put them into the bottle.

We used several whole cloves of garlic and added them to the bottle with the rosemary.

                                         Next we added our red wine vinegar.

                                    Love the colors showing through the bottle.

We choose to keep our rosemary and garlic in the bottle. 

Store flavored vinegar in the refrigerator for 2-3 weeks.

These are bottles of healthy goodness waiting to be poured onto a salad, made into a dipping oil or drizzles over some tomato slices. 

These also make a great gift.

So if you have always wanted to try some of those gourmet flavored oils and vinegars, why not try some of your own! Be inspired, get creative!

Through wisdom a house is built,
And by understanding it is established;
 By knowledge the rooms are filled
With all precious and pleasant riches.
Proverbs 24: 3-4

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  1. Wow, I love this idea. Will be trying!

  2. It's a great idea! I aim to make it to me with different flavors.
    Greetings from Spain!

  3. Great pictures! And great idea! These would be a fun way to spice up any kitchen! Thanks for sharing at oopsey daisy!

  4. What a great post! I bet those taste so good! I'm going to give this a try for a housewarming party I'm going to next week. These would make a great gift for my friend! :)

    Thanks so much for linking up!!

  5. This is such a great idea and I love that those bottles are from Dollar Tree :) You're being featured this week :) Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!