Happy Holidays one and all! I love this time of year. Giving is one of my very favorite things to do. In addition to the Parsley Mint Cleanser/Toners I made for some girlfriends, this year the gift is Herbed Olive Oil. This is a simple and fabulous gift that is sure to please anyone who cooks…or at least uses oil olive to dip bread in:) You will need:
- Oil bottles (I bought mine at the 99 cent store…which I don’t care for particularly, but it’s good for things like inexpensive glass bottles)
- A funnel
- Fresh Rosemary, Thyme, & Oregano. Ideally they should be dry before putting them in oil. I buy fresh herbs and let them sit out for 3 days, or put them in the dehydrator on 125 for 1 hour. You can use just one of these herbs, two, or all three.
- 3 garlic cloves per bottle
- 3 dried cayanne peppers
- Olive oil, or oil of choice, ideally organic and cold pressed. Sesame oil is nice, chia or grapseed oils are nice. I choose olive oil for it’s bright color and price range.
- Simply wash all bottles with hot soapy water and let dry. If water pellets remain inside the bottles, put the bottles in the oven on 200 for about 30 minutes. This will dry them out perfectly. If you fill the bottles with oil when there is water pellets on the glass, it will create bubbles along the glass and won’t be as attractive of a gift.
- If bottles are dried in the oven, let them cool for at least 15 minutes before handling them. Be careful:)
- Fill the empty bottles with garlic and dried cayenne pepper. Then add the dried sprigs of herbs. Choose any herb you like, or whatever herbs your loved ones enjoy. All herbs have therapeutic properties, so this gift is a high quality nurturing gift.
- After adding all the herbs, pour in the olive oil USING A FUNNEL. Be sure air flows between the funnel and the lip of the bottle so the oil pours in nicely.
- Put cap on.
- Tie with a pretty ribbon.
- Feel free to add a label. I thought it looked prettier without a label.
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