Making your own flavored oils not only saves you money but you are guaranteed that the ingredients are fresh and of high quality. I have been making my own flavored oils for years now and currently have quite the collection going. A fun thing that I have done is I save all my old empty glass liquor bottles and use them to display my oils (see recycled jars to find out how). This not only gives my collection a rustic and eclectic feeling but I also do not have to label the bottles because each one have a unique shape to it. I go to the wine store and get my metal pour spouts that fit standard liquor bottles, try to find the ones that come with a spout cap.
Here is my recipe for jalapeno oil, it has the flavor of jalapenos but just a mild spice to it because it is oil roasted(think of difference between raw garlic and roasted garlic). This oil is great in Spanish and Mexican food and I use it anytime a recipe calls for oil like in my CHICKEN ENCHILADAS or PAN CORNBREAD.
you will need:
1 recycled glass 1/5 liquor bottle, prepared
1 pour spout or cork that fits the bottle you are using
organic olive or organic coconut oil (measure up to 2 inches from the top IN the bottle you are going to use, then measure in a separate measuring cup)
6 fresh organic large jalapeno peppers PER 2 CUPS OF OIL YOU ARE MAKING, fine chopped
In a medium pot, put oil and jalapenos in, stir well. Simmer on lowest setting for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and allow to set for 24 hours. Strain in a mesh strainer, reserve the oil and reserve the oil roasted jalapenos. In a clean pot, return the oil to it and on medium heat bring to a light bubble, continue light bubbling for 5 minutes. In a clean strainer lined with paper towel, strain the oil again. Bottle your oil and store out of direct sunlight or heat. Place your oil roasted jalapenos in a labeled small freezer container to use in other recipes.