Method 2: Quick pan method
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
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.