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Post  Mamachibi on 8/20/2012, 1:29 pm

If you've not kept up with keeping your basil trimmed and found it's gone to flower, make this delicious oil!

Stuff rinsed and patted dry basil flowers into a canning jar and fill the jar with a good quality olive oil. As long as the flowers stay below the level of the oil they won't mold. Let it sit for a month and either strain or leave the flowers in it. If you leave the flowers in, you can keep adding oil replacing what you use each time and you'll have continuous basil oil for several months.

Long after your basil is a memory, this oil will lend delicious bouquet to spaghetti sauce and other tomato dishes.
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Post  llama momma on 8/20/2012, 1:31 pm

What a great idea! Saved into favorites!
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Post  cpl100 on 8/20/2012, 2:48 pm

Don't want to thread-jack but I do this with sprigs of rosemary to make rosemary oil. I have some 'brewing' now in fact.

It is absolutely essential that the herb is below the oil as it will mold in a minute! (well, not exactly a minute but a very short time!)
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Post  Mamachibi on 8/20/2012, 2:55 pm

Mmm! Rosemary oil to rub on a pork roast! Delish!
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Post  Kelejan on 8/20/2012, 3:22 pm

Do you keep these oils in the fridge?
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Post  Mamachibi on 8/20/2012, 4:04 pm

I don't. I keep them in my pantry, which stays cool but not cold year round. I have a food storage area that averages 55° year round also, but I go through the oils too quickly for a long term storage area like that.
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Post  cpl100 on 8/20/2012, 4:44 pm

I do not refrigerate my rosemary oil. However, early in the summer I had a lot of basil and decided to chop up a bunch and put it in some olive oil to use for cooking. This I do have in the refrigerator. (By the way, I also made basil butter at the same time. This is delicious when used for a grilled cheese and tomato sandwich or just melted on top of a steak after it has been grilled.) I am aggravated at myself that I did not save the recipe for that and cannot find it again online.
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Post  Mamachibi on 8/20/2012, 4:47 pm

I like Martha Stewart's basil butter recipe. It's easily adapted to any herb, and you can even use a combination of herbs (Italian herb butter, Herbs de Provence butter, curry butter...)

http://www.marthastewart.com/338671/basil-butter
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Post  cpl100 on 8/20/2012, 5:43 pm

The one I used had you melting part of the butter and mixing in the basil for more consistency throughout. Thanks for your link.
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Post  Mamachibi on 8/20/2012, 5:44 pm

Ooh, that would be a good idea. I'll bet some of the essential oil from the herb would react well to the heat as well.
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Post  WriterCPA on 9/5/2013, 5:36 pm

Can anyone tell me the ratio of oil to basil flowers?
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Post  Goosegirl on 9/6/2013, 6:48 am

@WriterCPA wrote:Can anyone tell me the ratio of oil to basil flowers?
As little or as much as you want!  The more you put in, the faster and stronger the flavor will be, but if you only have a few, just drop them in and give it a try. 

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Post  FamilyGardening on 9/7/2013, 1:06 am

thanks for giving us these tips! Very Happy we have dehydrated a bunch of our Basil already so it would be nice to try it in some oil now Very Happy 

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Post  WriterCPA on 9/7/2013, 2:09 am

Thanks. I'll give it a go this weekend.
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Post  Windsor.Parker on 9/7/2013, 1:11 pm

@llama momma wrote:What a great idea!  Saved into favorites!
Ditto, llm!
We made four jars yesterday. Thanks Mamachibi!
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