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What are some of the oils you make and how.....
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post #2 of 9
I LOVE hot oil. I take a big batch of dried hot peppers that I have either bought already dried, or bought fresh and dried myself. Then I grind them in the food processor until they are a coarse powder. Then I put them in regular vegetable oil, bring to a simmer, turn off the heat, and let them steep until they cool. Then refrigerate.

I've also made it without heating the oil but just processing the peppers and mixing them with the oil. Refrigerate it or leave it at room temperature but not too too long because it can grow bacteria.

There was a post on here not too long ago about making homemade oils and food safety.

Does anybody have the link? It had very good information.

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post #3 of 9
The way I learned to make hot oil is to take peanut oil, heat in a wok until the smoking point, turn off the heat and dump a bunch of dried chilis and turn your head. It's best to do this outside or under a big fan! If you breathe the fumes it will put a serious hurtin on ya! :( But you get an awesome toasted flavored hot oil!

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post #4 of 9
Jesus Chrose I'm such a dope. :o

You'd think I would have remembered that it was you that posted that information.

I did print it and do have it in my food fact file.

Once again, an awesome link that completely covers the subject.

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post #5 of 9
use grapeseed oil for best results....it has least flavor and itll pick up whatever herb you use.


i like trotter style oils.

so blanch herbs (adding some spinach adds color without a spinach flavor) to get out all that beautiful chlorophyll and cuisinart/blender with oil.

press through cheesecloth. save for up to 2 weeks? i dont know how long it holds, cause once i have it, i love to garnish plates with the neon green stuff



good stuff:

basil oil
mint oil
post #6 of 9
Used to make basil oil and cilantro oil at work: blanch and shock the herbs, squeeze out the excess water, puree in the blender with oil (we may have used an olive oil blend). Strain through many many layers of cheesecloth or a linen napkin.

We'd keep the batch refrigerated and just pour off a little into a squeeze bottle as needed. It really won't keep more than a couple of weeks, if that, before the color starts to go.
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post #7 of 9
Suzanne

Do you have a special technique for your cilantro oil?
Other green herbs are no problem. For me the flavor of the cilantro gets realy diluted in the whole process.
post #8 of 9
There is a great article on ChefTalk.com on how to prepare flavored oils by Chef John Draz:

http://www.cheftalk.com/content/disp...5&type=article
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Hey Nicko...that was a great article from Chef John...

I use infused oils all the time (and I do mean all the time) both at home and at work and was glad that his article hit upon the sanitation issues of infusing oils and this is very important!!!!

I call my infused oils Bocci Oil (short for botulism), if strict care is not taken with your oils you have a great chance of getting someone very sick....

Great article...

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