Garlic Infused Olive Oil

About a year ago, a friend of mine gave me a bottle of Garlic Infused Olive Oil from Whole Foods. Needless to say the bottle was used up very, very quickly!!! I sauteed EVERYTHING in it. Lately, I’ve really wanted to try and make my own (the Wholefoods stuff is quite pricey). Check out this recipe below:

How to Make Garlic Infused Cooking Oil

Garlic is a versatile spice, able to be used in most cuisines, with many researched health benefits. Olive oil is one of the most versatile and one of the healthiest cooking oils, so the infusion of garlic into olive oil is a perfect culinary marriage.

Making homemade garlic infused olive oil is a fairly easy process, and the result is a quality product for more than half the cost of expensive flavor infused cooking oils found at the supermarket and more than 75% less expensive than garlic infused cooking oils sold in specialty and gourmet shops.

Ingredients and Supplies

  • Garlic cloves, roasted (or store-bought prepared garlic, minced or diced)
  • Extra virgin or extra-extra virgin olive oil (or your favorite oil)
  • Glass jar with a sealable lid (preferably a dark bottle, to preserve the flavor)
  • Frying pan
  • Cooking Funnel

How to Prepare the Garlic

It’s important to avoid a rare but potentially dangerous food poisoning problem with garlic that you cook the garlic prior to putting it in the oil to infuse the flavor. Garlic is a root, and as such, grows in the ground where it can pick up bacteria. Typically, this bacteria is killed by oxygen and by heat, but placing garlic raw into a bottle of cooking oil allows it to breed.


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