Basil Oil and Other Herb Oils Recipe
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Basil Oil and Other Herb Oils

For soft herbs, such as basil, parsley, cilantro or tarragon, use 4 cups firmly packed leaves to 2 cups olive oil

Puree the herbs and oil in a blender until completely smooth. Put the mixture in a saucepan and bring it to a simmer over moderate heat. Simmer for 45 seconds, then pour through a fine-mesh sieve into a bowl. Don't press on the mixture, but you can tap the sieve against your hand to get the oil to drip through faster.
Immediately strain the oil again through a flat-bottomed paper filter. If the filter clogs, you might need to change the filter partway through. It's okay to pick up the filter and squeeze it gently to force the oil out faster, but be careful not to break the filter.

Sometimes a little dark liquid comes through the filter first. Don't worry; it's only water. It will settle to the bottom because it is heavier than the oil. Let the filtered oil settle for a few hours, then pour off the clear oil, leaving the dark liquid behind. Store in an airtight jar in a cool, dark place. It will stay lively for at least 1 month.

YIELD: 1 1/3 Cups

Source of Recipe: Michael Chiarello


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