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How to make your own Chilli Infused Olive Oil

How to make your own Chilli Infused Olive Oil

If you're on a tight Christmas budget but don't want to leave anyone off the gift list then why not make your own Infused Chilli Olive Oil.

They make an extra-special present that doesn't cost the earth to make. Infact, if you already have the ingredients and a few bits and bobs - like ribbons and buttons -  you can make it for free!

I saw this great recipe for Chilli Infused Olive Oil in the Metro newspaper this morning...

To make 1 bottle you will need:

Empty beer bottle - washed, sterilised and labels removed
Cork to fit 
Large button

200ml Extra virgin olive oil
Sprigs of thyme
Pinch of dried oregano
3 bay leaves
1 garlic cloves
6-7 small dried red chillies
Sea salt

How to make the Infused Chilli Olive Oil:

Step 1: Pour the olive oil in a saucepan with the thyme, oregano, bay leaves and garlic. Crumble in the chillies, discarding the stalks.

Step 2: Place over a medium heat and gently simmer - you want to warm the ingredients rather than fry them. Season with salt.

Step 3: Cook for 15 minutes or until the chillies become fragrant and the garlic soft.

Step 4: Remove from the heat, allow the oil to cool down and pour the whole mixture into the bottle and seal with the cork.

Decorate the bottle:

Make a small hole through the centre of the cork and superglue a large unwanted button to the top. 

Add your own personal touch by decorating the bottle as you wish but I will be using old ribbons tied around the neck of the bottle with handmade labels.

It's worth noting that the olive oil will keep for about a month - so make it close to the date you want to give it away and let them know to use it before it goes off. 

Let me know how you get on!

Anushka x