How to infuse your own olive oil at home (VIDEO)

Oct 12, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. ET

Olive oil has so many uses in the kitchen. Infused olive oil is a way to add unique flavors to the already versatile kitchen essential.

You can spend a lot of dough on the fancy bottles at the store, or you can make your own with this easy how-to. Don't be afraid to add a mix of different ingredients to the recipe and see where the flavors take you.

Here's what you'll need to create your own infused olive oil:

  • 1 cup total rosemary and oregano (you can use 1 herb or spice, or mix 2 of them)
  • 4 to 4-1/2 cups olive oil
  • A bottle with an airtight seal
  • A heavy-bottomed, nonreactive saucepan to heat spices

A few things you'll want to note:

  • Be sure to use a heavy-bottomed saucepan for this.
  • We used a candy thermometer to make sure the oil reached 140 degrees F. You definitely don't want your oil to burn.
  • Your oil should smell aromatic. Give your oil a little taste (carefully!) to make sure it tastes strongly of the spices and herbs. If it doesn't, then add more flavorings, and heat again.
  • The oil will keep up to 1 month in the refrigerator. Be sure to let it reach room temperature again before using it.

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