Flavour your own oils!

Your family and guests will be amazed by your creations. I didn’t know just how easy this was until Tom Pearce, Create Good Food’s own in-house chef, made me all the wiser. Flavoured oils tend to be pricey, and while I abide by a family budget they get skipped. See below for his recipe!

By the way, extra virgin olive oils are made without the use of chemicals, industrial refinement, preservatives or salt. They are rich in antioxidants. Health studies will tell you all kinds of great ways our bodies benefit from extra virgin olive oil including lowering levels of cholesterol and modestly lowering a women’s risk for Type 2 diabetes.

“How To” crEATe Flavoured Oils

Flavoured oils are a viable, flavoursome alternative to store bought salad dressings and sauces.

With a few simple steps, and a little patience your family can create a visually exciting and delicious addition to your pantry.

To create a simple green basil oil, start with;

Ingredients

One bunch of basil, stems removed

Two cups of extra virgin olive oil

Equipment

  • A cheese or Chux cloth
  • Blender
  • One sieve or strainer
  • One bowl

Method

  1. In a blender, combine oil and the basil leaves
  2. Once pureed, place the Chux cloth flat in sieve and put the sieve into the top of the bowl
  3. Pour the mixture through the Chux and leave to stand for at least an hour, ensuring sediment is left in the Chux
  4. Once strained into the bowl, transfer the basil oil into a jar and used as required
  5. This can be stored for up to two weeks in a cool, dry environment

This is just one example of a basic flavoured oil. Any number of leafy herbs, citrus’ and vegetables can be used to crEATe vastly different combinations of flavours. Orange or lemon rind, as well as chilli, coriander and dill can each be substituted into the above recipe. However, don’t hesitate to experiment and to involve the family to see what exciting flavour combinations you can come up with. These oils may be used to enhance the flavour of    poultry, fish, meats, salads and fresh vegetables. They can even enhance the simple poached egg! Try for yourself and see what works best for your family.

Additional Dietitian tips from Inger Neylon, RD:

Garlic bread loaded with butter is an unhealthy but commonly eaten food here in Australia. Garlic and herb infused olive oil used as a dip for your veggies or bread is the perfect healthy substitute.

If you watching your waistline, use the oil sparingly. However, the small amount will provide nutrition and tons of flavour. For salads I like to use the oil with balsamic vinaigrette or a squeeze of lemon, lime or orange.

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Recipe by our very own Tom Pearce at CrEATe Good Food

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