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Infusing oil and vinegar

blueyzblueyz Raw Newbie

So sometime in the last week I decided I wanted to start using some of the leftover glass bottles I have at home and do something with them. Some will be redecorated and used for storage of crafts or kitchen items but I have a number of old wine bottles I saved to make into insence bottles then never got around to.

For the wine bottles I decided would be a good idea to try some infused vinegars or oils.

Lol, that idea was about as far as I got because I'm low on ideas.

I am looking for your favorites on...

1) Infused oils for foods

2) Infused vinegars for foods

3) Infused vinegar to clean or use as a hair rinse(what else would be good with ACV for this?)

How long do they need to sit? What are they good for? How have you used them?


  • RawKidChefRawKidChef Raw Newbie

    Spinach + olive oil + vinegar + sea salt = bliss

  • blueyzblueyz Raw Newbie

    You infuse the oil with spinach? Or use the oil on the spinach(In which case I agree that is good)?

    If it's the first, how much and how long did you let it sit before using?

  • RawKidChefRawKidChef Raw Newbie

    just mix olive oil and vinegar and drizzle on the spinach, and sprinkle sea salt. I guess I didn't really infuse it...but the flavors sure soak in fast if you toss everything around.

  • blueyzblueyz Raw Newbie

    That sounds great, but I am looking specifically on ideas of making oil or vinegars infused with different flavors.

  • RawKidChefRawKidChef Raw Newbie

    You could infuse some sundried tomatoes which probably would rock, with a little black pepper. If you wanted to make an Indian dish then infuse some curry and saffron. Just an idea.

  • MeditatingMeditating Raw Newbie

    BLUEYZ - Infused oils make a great gift. I have made them on several occasions and everyone loves them. You still have enough time to make some in the next few days for the holidays.

    I would go online and look for direction on several sites before you started just so you can feel comfortable with what you are doing. Here is a link to get you started: http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/cr_diy_people/article/0,,DIY_13752_2277178,00.html

    One thing not mentioned in that article is that you want to boil (sterilize) your bottles and caps/corks. I would do this immediately so you are sure they are completely dry, especially if you are using corks, which need to dry a day or two. I you have bottles but need corks, most craft stores sell them in variety packs.

    Good Luck.

  • SuasoriaSuasoria Raw Newbie

    With olive oil there is garlic, sprigs of rosemary, sprigs of thyme, sprigs of tarragon, red pepper flakes or dried chili peppers, and sun-dried tomatoes sounds grand. Other, lighter oils might be nice with cardamom pods and coriander seeds, or shaved truffle.

    Tarragon is also great with white vinegar and so is fruit - pineapple or mango vinegar would probably be a fabulous salad dressing.

    For hair rinses I'm thinking aromatics like lavender or jasmine - not that you can find it this time of year - or some essential oil drops. Wonder if Aloe would work? Vinegar and aloe sounds like it would be great for sun-fried hair. Or maybe green tea?

    Follow instructions for preserving and storage because botulism isn't a gift you want to give.

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