Herbal oils are very useful to have in a kitchen for marinating and flavouring various dishes and salads.

Popular herbs used in culinary oils are thyme, oregano, fennel and rosemary. To make these oils follow the method below:

  1. Crush the fresh herbs.
  2. Put 2 tablespoons in a half pint bottle or jar.
  3. Fill three quarters full with sunflower, vegetable or olive oil.
  4. Add one tablespoon of wine vinegar.
  5. Add a few whole peppercorns.
  6. Tightly seal the container and place in hot sunlight.
  7. Leave for 2-3 weeks, shaking container regularly.
  8. Strain the oil after this time squeezing the oil out of the herbs and discard.
  9. Repeat the process with fresh herbs for another 3 weeks.
  10. Oil is now ready for use.
  11. Pour into a clean bottle and decorate with a whole sprig of fresh herbs.