1/3 cup spices such as cumin, cloves, etc or strong scented herbs like chives, mint, oregano
1 1/2 cups grape seed oil
Sterilize a 375 ml glass bottle by washing, then baking at 250 degrees for 30 min.
In heavy bottomed saucepan, place 3/4 cup oil and all the flavor ingredients. Heat, stirring constantly over medium heat until spices start to sizzle and oil bubbles a bit.
Using a candy thermometer, heat to 140 degrees and cook there for 5 minutes. Oil should now be very aromatic. Remove from heat and taste to be sure that oil didn't scorch and has a strong spice taste. If not, add more flavorings and heat again.
Add remaining oil to flavored oil. Strain if needed. Put oil in container and store in refrigerator tightly sealed. Keeps up to 2 months.
Notes: Fresh ingredients cause oil to spoil faster. The drier the ingredients, the longer oil lasts. Garlic causes it to spoil faster.
If using anything with moisture (ex: fresh hot peppers or garlic), strain, then add a fresh, whole one when bottling.
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