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Rosemary Infused Olive Oil

The taste and nutritional value of oil increases when it is infused with other ingredients. Find more about rosemary infused olive oil and its importance mentioned in the coming up article.
Tastessence Staff
As we all know, olive oil is a healthy oil obtained from the fruits of the olive tree. The oil is used as an excellent cooking oil as well in cosmetics, beauty treatments and massages. However, with so many uses, the most highlighted benefit is in the culinary world because consuming olive oil can provide a number of essential nutrients to the body. Even though using any form of olive oil is healthy for our diet, infusing it with some other healthy herbs would always improve the quality of the oil. One of the best combinations for this purpose is olive oil and the edible herb rosemary. A number of people like to have a bottle of rosemary olive oil in their kitchens as the combination gives a brilliant taste and helps reduce the pungent odor of the oil. In the coming up paragraphs, you can find the methods and recipes behind preparing this healthy and tasty seasoned cooking oil. Take a look.

How to Infuse Olive Oil with Rosemary

When you infuse oils for various purposes, there is a beautiful combination of flavors which improves the product or the quality of the oil. Infusing is mainly flavoring them and hence, when herbs and spices are added to cooking oils, you can make them useful for dressings. But there is a lot of trial and error in coming up with the right proportion of the quantity of both the ingredients to make a tasty infused oil.

Olive oil is rich in mono-saturated fats and is healthy for your heart, whereas rosemary is a spicy and delicious herb which can add taste to any dish. However, while making infused oil, the additions of moist herbs can create risks of moisture in the oil making it home to bacteria such as Clostridium botulinum. Thus only dried herbs or spices should be added to keep the oil away from such damage.

With Garlic
Ingredients
  • 9 sprigs dried rosemary
  • 2 bottles extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 2 teaspoons peppercorns
Directions
Along with using rosemary to flavor the olive oil, there can be other spice ingredients which can also be incorporated to change the flavor of the oil. Therefore, in this recipe, we will be adding garlic which is one of the most widely used flavoring agents in all types of cuisines and has a strong flavor. Mince the garlic finely and sun dry it for about a day. Wash and dry three glass bottles and place about 3 rosemary sprigs, 1 teaspoon of garlic and 1 teaspoon of peppercorns in each of these bottles. Then in a sauce pan, heat the olive oil to 120 degrees F and pour it in the prepared bottles. Do not shake the bottles after that, but preserve them in a dark place for 7 days.

With Crushed Peppers
Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons of dry red crushed pepper
  • 6 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup sun dried tomatoes
  • 1 bottle extra virgin olive oil
Directions
In this recipes too, you have to heat the olive oil in the sauce pan on low flame for about 2 minutes and let it cool. Then in the washed and dried bottles, add the crushed peppers, sun dried tomatoes and the rosemary sprigs. Pour out the oil in the bottles and fill them up leaving some space near the necks. Close the lids and place them in a dark cool place for at least 5 days before using the olive oil.

With these simple recipes for preparing rosemary infused olive oil, hope you have found something new in this information. Well, you can use this oil for salad and pasta dressings and make every dish delicious and enjoyable.