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Step Up Your Olive Oil Game with These Suggestions to Infuse It on Your Very Own

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We know that your family will love the richer, deeper flavor profile of infused olive oil in your next meal. Don’t believe us? Well, it will be hard to resist these lemon or rosemary-infused olive oils after you’ve tasted it in all of your favorite types of pasta, salads, and/or main dishes! Though you can easily buy a bottle of pre-infused oil at any specialty store, it’s simple – and fun – to create your very own infusion from the comfort of your apartment home. Follow these tips, and you’ll be well on your way to making a delicious, infused olive oil, or even multiple!

Gather your container and tools.

For best results, you should set aside a glass bottle for your newly infused olive oil. Be sure that your container has a sturdy lid and is large enough to contain your mixture. You’ll also need access to a range and saucepan. Finally, if you’re working with herbs, consider purchasing a fine mesh strainer, which will help you purify the oil when the time comes.

Select your infusion of choice.

There are many different routes to take when it comes to infusing olive oil. You can add zest with citrus peels, throw in a few stalks of rosemary, or add a variety of natural herbs for a delicious hodgepodge of flavors. Garlic is another great, all-purpose flavor. Feeling adventurous? Try chilis for a subtle spicy flavor that tastes great with Mexican and Latin food.

Mix it up!

Infusing olive oil is quite simple: all you have to do is heat your oil and the infusion mix of choice (lemon, pepper, herb, etc.) over your stove. Simply pour ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil in a medium saucepan and add citrus rinds, herbs, garlic cloves, or chilis to the pan. Allow the mixture to warm over low heat. Be careful not to let the mixture boil or splatter. Once heated through, strain out your additional ingredients, and pour the newly infused oil into a clean, dry glass bottle.

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