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Olive Oil with Herbs.

Olive oil can be infused with flavours by using fresh or dried spices, garlic, hot peppers, peel from citrus fruits  or aromatic plants. 

The olive oil needs to be of a good quality and of low acidity and so that it can absorb the scents of the herbs, spices etc  and should not have its own strong smell.  The best type of olive oil to use is extra virgin olive oil which will give great results.

Bottles to be used for storage should be clean and dry as also should any aromatic plants which are to be used.  Once filled with Olive oil the bottles should not be left in the sun but kept in dark and cool places.

Scented oil can serve as a lovely starter when on small dried rusks or bread.  It is the best substitute for butter and contains no cholesterol.  It can also be added to salads, boiled vegetables, roasted meat or fish, rice, potatoes, pastry and also used as a basic ingredient of sauces.  Slices of bread drizzled with scented olive oil, such as rosemary, garlic or hot pepper can be browned in the oven or under the grill. 

Naturally olive oil has an array of smells, but by using different aromatic plants a choice of scent can be made.  It is quite a good idea to have several bottles of scented olive oil made to be used for different purposes.

To quickly scent the olive oil heat the aromatic plants in a small amount of olive oil, then filter through a clean cloth and add to the main body of the oil.

Olive oil with aromatic plants

If using only one plant place 2 -3 sprigs washed and dried in a bottle with two cups of olive oil.  Store the bottle in a cool dark place for about 10 days before using it.  The plants can be left in the bottle to add to the scent visually but do not leave for too long as they can spoil the oil.  Threfore it is better to remove the plants once the olive oil is scented.  Olive oil scented with mint, parsley, fennel or dill is very successful.

Olive oil scented with basil

In a bottle put 3-4 sprigs of basil along with 2 cloves of garlic.  Add 2 cups of extra virgin olive oil and cap the bottle tightly.  The oil will be ready in about 10 days.  Olive oil with basil goes perfectly with uncooked vegetables and goes well in tomato sauces and is superb for dunking pieces of bread.  Drizzle over tomatoes topped with feta cheese!

Olive oil scented with oregano

In a bottle place 2 -3 sprigs of fresh  oregano with 2 cups of olive oil, cap the bottle tightly and store in a cool dark cupboard and it will be ready after 10 days.

Olive oil with garlic and rosemary

In a bottle add 2 cups of olive oil, 2 cloves of garlic, a sprig of fresh rosemary and half a dozen peppercorns.  Cap the bottle tightly and store in a cool dark cupboard for about 10 days, particularly good with roast potatoes, lamb or fish.

See also How to preserve olives
Phil Partridge
Posted: September 15, 2008 by Phil Partridge 1 comments
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Travel writer, car rental guru, Phil has rented cars all over the world and shares his knowledge and experience on the Rhinocarhire.com Blog. Favourite country to visit: France.

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Mr.james Muller
Hello Owner,

My Name is Mr.James Muller and I'm inquiring about an order of some Olive Oil and i want you to order them for me please below are the types of the Olive Oil i will needs.

Riviera Olive Oil ½ lt. Glass Bottle
Odysea Greek Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2.oz Glass Bottle
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 17 fl.oz
Extra Virgin Olive Oil 5.25QT
French Extra Virgin Olive Oil AOC 25 fl.oz
adrid Fajin Gran Seleccion Coupage EV Olive oil 500ml
Sherry Vinegar Reserva Francisco de Cala 250mls
White truffle Olive Oil 100ml
Filippo Berio Extra Virgin Olive Oil (750ml)
Italian extra virgin olive oil Inprivio 100ml, Viola
Suma Italian Organic Olive Oil 3l

Please can you email me back the price on each of the Olive Oil listed or if you do not have this types can i also know the types you carry? and also if i may ask what types of credit card do you accept as payment? and what is the surcharges on each card? I will be waiting to read from you soon with the prices on each of the bounce. Thank you and look forward to your reply

Kindest Regards......
Telephone: 07031887924
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Stretford, Manchester, M32 9AU
5/2/2010 12:41:10 AM