So I think I’ve just discovered my new favorite DIY gift idea: infused olive oil! Last week, I helped my friend Joanne make mini bottles of ‘thyme infused olive oil’ for her wedding (best wedding favor idea ever) and I couldn’t believe how easy they were to put together. I’m officially obsessed.
If you’re looking for a delicious homemade gift or for a cool party favor idea, then check out the simple tutorial after the jump. We used thyme but you could infuse the oil with different herbs (such as rosemary or sage), lemon zest, dried garlic, black peppercorn or even dried chili! Or make a gift pack filled with different flavored olive oil. Now here’s a gift I’d love to receive, hint hint ;)
What you’ll need:
- Clean, dry mini glass bottles equipped with a cork or a screw top
- Extra Virgin Olive oil (adjust the amount to fit your amount of bottles)
- Fresh thyme (I used approximately 20g of herbs per liter of olive oil)
- Gift or ‘Thank You’ tags
Wash the thyme and dry it with a clean tea towel. Then leave the herbs to dry completely (ideally in a dry, sunny spot) for about 24 hours. If you’re short on time, then simply dry the thyme in a warm oven for 10min.
Combine half the thyme and the olive oil in a medium sauce pan placed over low heat. Leave to simmer for about 10 min. The oil should be warm but not too hot.
Strain the liquid into a clean pouring jug.
Place a sprig of thyme into each bottle. Fill with olive oil.
Seal each bottle with a cork or lid and attach a gift tag around its neck.
The infused olive oil will keep for up to two weeks and should be kept in a cool dry space (or even better- in the fridge.)
Notes: Make sure to use clean, dry bottles to prevent bacteria/mould from developing in your olive oil. Run the bottles and your pouring jug through a hot dishwasher and make sure they are completely dried before using them. Likewise, make sure that your herbs are devoid of any moisture.