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Sous Vide Herb-Infused Olive Oil & Infinity Jars Review

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I‘m excited to share in this post a recipe for making your own herb-infused olive oil using sous vide.  We used ours — a rosemary-infused concoction — as a popcorn topping, but it would work great as a finisher for steaks, a salad dressing, or anywhere else you like to use olive oil.  Sous vide herb-infused olive oil is quicker than your traditional herb-infused olive oil, but the principles I mention will apply even to traditionally infused oil.

Sous Vide Rosemary-Infused OIive Oil

Infinity Jars – Black Glass Jars for Better Preservation

I’m also excited to share with you a discovery — Infinity Jars’ Airtight, UV-filtering glass jars.  They make jars for many purposes, including the glass oil jars and glass slow pour bottles I chose, as well as glass cosmetic bottles for those of you who make your own lotions, lip balms, etc.

Infinity Jars boast that they can preserve your food for a very long time–much longer than your average glass jar.  The science behind their claim lies within the fact that they are airtight and filter out ultraviolet light.  One noticeable difference from their jars and many others out there is that Infinity Jars’ are black.  I imagine this working similarly to beer and wine bottles.  Have you ever noticed that beer and wine bottles are never made of clear glass?  That’s for similar preservation reasons.

After ordering my choice of jars, I was happy to find that they arrived fairly quickly.  I was even happier with how everything was packaged for shipping–well padded and labeled.  An OCD person‘s dream.

Sous Vide Herb-Infused Olive Oil

Naturally, I want to preserve my sous vide herb-infused olive oil for as long as possible, so Infinity Jars’ olive oil dispensing bottle was chosen for the job.  One difference from my herb-infused olive oil recipe from others you will find is that I recommend that you do not use fresh herbs.

Sous Vide Herb-Infused Olive Oil

But why wouldn’t I want to use fresh herbs? You ask. Isn’t fresh always better?

No.  Fresh herbs are not better in oils.  The reason has to do with lovely little bacteria spores known as Clostridium botulinum.  If that name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve heard of the condition it causes in humans: botulism.  These spores thrive in certain foods when not exposed to oxygen.  Oil is one of those foods.  The thing about fresh herbs is that they contain water, and water promotes the growth of the C. Botulinum.  Do you know what doesn’t contain a lot of water?

Dried herbs.

You’re welcome.  But you still need to be certain that your herbs are thoroughly dried out and, even still, I would caution against serving home infused olive oils to any elderly people, young children, or people with extremely compromised immune systems.  Buzzkill, indeed, but worth the caution.  That same caution applies to other foods that carry specific food-borne illness risks–soft cheeses, sushi, etc.  so don’t be scared away if you’re normally not afraid to eat those other items.

Flavored Oils are a Healthy Alternative to Butter on Popcorn

I love popcorn a lot.  And what I really love is buttery movie theater popcorn.  But I don’t love how unhealthy butter is.  Olive oil does not taste like butter, but herb-infused olive oil actually gives popcorn a kind of a fancy element.  Trade the unhealthy fats from butter for the healthy fats found in olive oil, with a twist!

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  1. Preheat your sous vide bath to 131°F (55ºC)
  2. Add your olive oil and rosemary to a zip lock bag or, if using a chamber vacuum, the bag appropriate for your vacuum. Seal using either the water displacement method or seal using your vacuum.
  3. Submerge in the water bath and cook for 3 hours. Right before removing the bag, prepare an ice bath.
  4. Remove bag from water bath and submerge into an ice bath.
  5. After the oil has cooled, remove and strain out the herbs. Transfer to your storage bottle and refrigerate.

We received these products from Infinity Jars free to try in exchange for our honest review.  As always, all opinions are our own.

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