Making Your Own Flavored Oils
Has anyone tried making flavored oils? I just made a ginger oil and it came out pretty amazing. It was easy to make too. I just took a chunk of ginger root about 1/2 to 3/4 inches, shaved the outer bark, and cut it into thin slices. Then I put it in a pan with about 3/4C canola oil and heated it up to 165 degrees over low heat. It takes a while but you don't want it to heat up too fast or you'll fry the ginger. Plus the longer it cooks the more the ginger gets infused into the oil. After it's heated up, take it off the heat and let it cool down. Then strain out the ginger. Then you can use it for any recipe you want. I made a salad dressing using 2 parts oil to 1 part rice vinegar, a couple dashed of soy sauce, plus a pinch each of salt, pepper, and sugar. I'm not sure how long it lasts, probably a week or two in the refrigerator. So I wouldn't make a lot unless you had something specific in mind for it. But it's so good. I'm going to try another oil soon, maybe a chili oil or a garlic oil.