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How to make Garlic Infused Olive Oil

Before you make garlic-infused olive oil, it is important to be sure that you've chosen the right ingredients. You will want to use extra virgin olive oil, as this will possess the highest concentration of phenolic compounds and other antioxidants, as well as omega-3 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats. The garlic bulbs you choose should also be undamaged and firm, showing that they have not begun to dry out or shrivel. Once you have the proper ingredients in hand, simply follow the steps below. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Oil
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: Garlic-infused olive oil
Appliance: Stove
Servings: 1 cup
Author: Ishani Bose

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1-2 tsp cumin
  • 1-2 tsp red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • To make garlic-infused olive oil, first, pour 1/2 cup of olive oil into a saucepan.
  • In the meantime, peel 4 garlic cloves and use a garlic press to crush the cloves before adding them to the oil in the saucepan.
  • Thereafter, add 1-2 teaspoons of any other spices you desire (e.g., cumin, red pepper flakes, etc.)
  • Slowly heat the mixture, allowing the garlic to gradually become golden and brown, releasing its active ingredients.
  • Heat for 5-6 minutes, until the garlic becomes medium-brown.
  • Strain the resultant mixture, removing the mashed garlic.

Notes

Once you have made the oil, you will need to store it safely so it keeps as long as possible. One month is a safe estimate for the shelf life of this infused olive oil, even if you keep it in an airtight container. You can keep this oil at room temperature, but the risk of rancidity is higher, and the quality of the oil will diminish rapidly.