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Old 01-09-2009, 12:14 PM   #1
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You'll need a wine bottle. A clear glass wine bottle would be best. Run it through your dishwasher a few times.
You'll need a bottle stop or cork

Take 6 or 7 cloves of garlic and run them through a garlic press or finely chop them. Put the garlic in the wine bottle.

Take 5 or 6 sprigs of rosemary and pound them with a meat mallet. No overkill necessary since all you're attempting to do is release the oils. Slip the sprigs in the wine bottle.

Add your olive oil of choice. I used extra virgin olive oil.

Let sit for a few days.

You're supposed to pour the pour the contents of the wine bottle out through a strainer removing the garlic and rosemary but I left one sprig in the bottle for appearances. I liked the look.

That's it. Cork them, wrap a ribbon around the top, and give them to friends.

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"If you use garlic, be sure to refrigerate the oil rather than store it in a cool dark place to avoid botulism"
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Old 01-09-2009, 12:57 PM   #2
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Thank you! Easy AND yummy. Can't beat that!
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Old 01-09-2009, 01:18 PM   #3
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Psst. . . I did a quick look around with Google because I remember my mother saying something once about being careful making oil like this. On ehow.com I caught this detail:

"If you use garlic, be sure to refrigerate the oil rather than store it in a cool dark place to avoid botulism"

It might not be a good idea to give these oils as gifts, sorry!
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Old 01-09-2009, 08:00 PM   #4
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Thank you! Easy AND yummy. Can't beat that!
Gee, and you were worried about me still being your friend after I just tried to poison you?

We did leave ours sit out for a few days. We all must have used it fast enough as my friends who stole them from the counter are still alive. If I would have made the connection I would have refrigerated them and told them to do the same.

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Old 01-09-2009, 09:11 PM   #5
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I do remember putting the rosemary oil in the fridge after I made it ages ago, now that you mention it. Glad y'all pointed it out ahead of time that I need to, because I had forgotten that part.
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Too worried about the boutulism issue to try this....
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Old 01-10-2009, 08:44 AM   #7
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It's a good idea to sterilize the wine bottle. A dishwasher doesn't get water hot enough. Normally, I include a little tag with directions when I give these type of oils as gifts. Most of the friends that get them are "gourmet" cooks, so evidently they don't last long.
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Thanks! I drew it for another forum a while back. I would offer to draw some up for folks here, but (foo) I no longer have a wacom tablet. I can't draw anything worthwhile with a mouse.
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Old 01-10-2009, 02:58 PM   #9
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What is a wacom tablet? Are they expensive?
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It's a mouse-substitute that lets you draw at the computer. The cost runs the gamut, but there are cheap versions in the $100 range.

If you want fancy, look up "Cintiq".
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