Method 2: Quick pan method

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Benefits: A quick and convenient way to get infused oil.

Cons: may not be as strong as the traditional method, and repeat infusion may be necessary.

You will need:

  • 3 parts oil – vegetable or sunflower oil  is usually the most stable for heating
  • 1 part fresh herb or 1/3 less of dried
  • Bain-marie or a pan and a wide glass bowl or metal container with a lid
  • Water for pan
  • Sieve or muslin cloth
  • Sterile jar or bottle
diagram of the bain-marie method

diagram of the bain-marie method

Place a wide glass bowl over a panof boiling water or use a a bain-marie. Make sure it doesn't touch the bottom of the pan.

Place the oil in the glass bowl.

Place in the pan of water to within 1-2 inches of the lid and simmer gently for 1.5 – 3hours. 

Do not allow pan to boil or to run to dry, keep topping it up with water.

After the time span has completed, strain the oil using a sieve and replace the oil into the metal container with the other half of fresh herb.

Repeat if required.

strain, bottle and label!

Powdered herb method: 

If you only have powdered herbs, you can mix 1 part powdered herb to 4 parts oil and gently heat in the bain-marie for one-two hours, then strain.