Once you find out how to infuse olive oil with garlic you will be hooked. Olive oil with garlic adds flavor to bread, pasta, and homemade salad dressing. Dropping a few cloves of garlic in a bottle of olive oil is not a safe way to make infused olive oil. Bacteria can grow on raw garlic. Using the cooking method is a safer method.
To infuse olive oil with garlic, you will need:
- Sealable bottle (1 quart size)
- 4 cups of olive oil
- 6 cloves fresh garlic
- Sterilize the bottle by washing it in a clean dishwasher. Use the heated drying option. You can also use a canning jar with a screw on lid.
- Prepare the garlic. Remove the garlic cloves from the papery husk and rinse. Then dry very well with a paper towel.
- Heat the garlic. Mix the garlic with 1/2 cup of the olive oil in a pan and sauté over medium low heat for 3 to 5 minutes being sure not to burn the garlic or raise the olive oil temperature too much. This will prevent any possibility of bacterial growth.
- Place the garlic in the bottle. Pour the rest of the olive oil (3 1/2 cups) into the bottle up to the top. Seal the bottle.
- Place the olive oil with garlic in the refrigerator for about 10 days. Test the olive oil every couple of days to see how much garlic flavor it has.
- Strain the garlic solids out of the oil. Pour the oil over cheese cloth or mesh strainer to remove the garlic pieces.
- Store the olive oil in a cool dark place or in the refrigerator. It should keep at least a month. Discard the olive oil if you see any signs of mold or an off odor.