Hello culinary friends, today we’re making basil infused olive oil! As spring has finally arrived here in western Germany (more or less…), I am stocking up on herbs and spices for some spring recipes. And what better way to use those herbs and make them last longer than to submerge them in oil? However, this is not the only way to make herbs last longer: For example, you can freeze fresh herbs in olive oil in an ice cube container. Or you can hang them up to dry, maybe with a Herb Mobile…
Speaking of stocking up on herbs and spices…now is actually the right time to plant some herbs and bee friendly flowers on your balcony! Especially thyme, sage and lavender are wonderful for bees. And if you want to plant flowers, try French daisies. I have planted some, and if you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen that I already had some friendly bee visitors. And speaking of bees actually: My wonderful brother invested his money in me and bought me my third beehive! This means that my bee population will be growing this year, which will be perfect for my newly constructed vegetable patches. You see, now I only need some chickens to have my own small farm 😀
Here’s How You Make Basil Infused Olive Oil
- A bunch of fresh basil leaves
- 1 dried chili
- 1 clove of garlic
- ½ liter of good olive oil
- Start by cleaning out your empty flask to remove bacteria etc. Then remove the basil leaves from their stems and put them into the flask.
- Next, crush the clove of garlic with a knife/bottle and add it to the basil leaves. Then add the dried chili as well.
- Finally, use a funnel to fill up the flask with the olive oil until everything is submerged. Now you just have to wait a few weeks until the oil takes on the basil’s flavor. That’s it!
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I just love such spontaneous little projects that add something to my kitchen repertoire! And I think the great thing about this oil is that you can use it in such a versatile way. For example, you can use it to dress a salad and you can use it for cooking. Or, my favourite way: You can put a little of the basil infused olive oil on a small dish. Then add some balsamic vinegar and some coarse salt. Voilà! Now you have the perfect companion for a piece of fresh, fluffy and crispy bread. Don’t you already taste it in your mouth? I know I do!