Hostess gifts: Flavour-infused oils

November 25 2015

It’s finally Holiday season! Bring on the snow, the Holiday music and movies.

Holiday season also mean that there are lots of fun parties and dinners to attend. But what about a gift for the host or hostess? And what should you give anyway?

Every year, hosts and hostesses receive the same predictable gifts. So why not give them something different, with a unique twist? 

Try our easy-to-make flavour-infused oils – all wrapped up and ready to give in just a couple of hours (including cooling time).

What you need

  • 3 tall jars with lids or cork tops
  • 3 cups of olive oil (one cup for each jar)
  • 2 sprigs rosemary
  • 3-5 cloves garlic
  • 3-5 tbsp. chili pepper flakes
  • Baker’s twine
  • Chalkboard tags
  • Scrapbooking or jewellery embellishments (optional)
  • White marker
  • Cutting board
  • Knife
  • Scissors
  • Small pot
  • Strainer
  1. Step 1

    For each of the flavoured oils, add 1 cup of oil plus flavouring ingredient to a small pot on the stove.

  2. Step 2

    For rosemary-infused oil, heat one large sprig of rosemary with oil and discard when straining. (Use a new sprig in the jar for a prettier presentation.)

    For garlic-infused oil, heat 2-3 crushed cloves of garlic in oil. (Strain and discard cooked garlic for a milder flavour. Add several new cloves to the jar before wrapping. Alternately for a stronger flavour, leave cooked cloves in oil when adding to jar before wrapping.)

    For hot chili-infused oil, use about 1 tbsp. of crushed chili flakes in oil. (Strain and discard cooked flakes. Add 1-2 tbsp. of new chili flakes to jar for a little more kick and some visual interest.)

  3. Step 3

    Heat oil plus flavouring ingredient on stovetop until the oil is lightly bubbling. Remove from heat, strain and let cool completely. Repeat for each flavour, washing pot and strainer between uses so as not to transfer flavours.

  4. Step 4

    Carefully pour flavoured oil into each jar. Use a funnel if desired. Seal each jar with a lid or cork topper.

  5. Step 5

    To gift-wrap, write the flavour of each oil on a chalkboard tag with a white marker.
  6. Step 6

    Then attach the chalkboard tag and scrapbooking or jewellery embellishments using coordinated baker’s twine to each jar. Happy gift-giving!

  • Wondering how to use the oils? How about sautéeing bite-sized pieces of chicken in the rosemary infused oil? Or drizzling warm pasta with the garlic-infused oil before serving? You can even add a litte chili-infused oil to a pan of taco meat.