Infusing good quality oil will not only be a hit in the kitchen, but it will also add health benefits to your meal. Not only are they edible, but they are wonderful home decor items, and make a great gift. They require little skill, and very little time to make. Here are some infusions for you to try at home. An infused oil can be drizzled over dishes like soups, salads, pastas, act as a dip for bread, crackers, or vegetables.
Firstly, get some good quality olive oil which is sweet, and not bitter. You will need 4 cups.
You will need 1 cup of the ingredient you choose to infuse your oils with. When it comes to what ingredients to use, the sky is your limit. Here are some suggestions:
Thyme- Antiseptic, antifungal, antibacterial, antioxidant.
Oregano- Antifungal, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory
Coriander- Detoxifying, alkalizing, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant
Basil- Anti-inflammatory, anti-histamine
Lemongrass- Anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antioxidant
Kaffir lime leaves- Anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory
Bay leaves- Aromatic digestive, antiseptic
Peppercorns- Carminative, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant
Garlic- Antifungal, antibacterial, immune stimulating, anti-hypertensive
Cinnamon and cardamon- Warming, astringent, aromatic digestive.
Dried mushrooms (truffles, shiitake, wood-ear)- Immune enhancing, anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant