Homemade hot pepper oil, or olio di peperoncino as it is called in Italy, is so easy to make and there are so many uses for it. You need this condiment in your pantry.
Do you remember Mr. T? I can still here his famous saying, “I pity the fool …..” I would like to finish that statement with my own words, “I pity the fool who breaks up red chili peppers with their fingers.” Ask me how I know! If you want to know how I know this – just ask me in the comments section and I will tell you!
HOMEMADE HOT PEPPER OIL
Gardening is one of the things I do to relax. I have 5 flower beds and I always have a vegetable garden during the summer every year. Some years it is bigger than others.
We always have tomatoes, jalapeños, and cilantro in our vegetable garden. I like to say I grow a Pico De Gallo garden.
This year, Big got involved in picking what would go in the garden. She was grabbing different types of pepper plants and putting them in our shopping cart. I think she went a little crazy.
I kept asking her, “what are we going to do with all of those peppers?” I think she was in a zone and didn’t hear me because she just kept grabbing pepper plants.
Personally, I was hoping the bunnies would nibble away at a few of the peppers. Now, don’t get me wrong, I love jalapeños and have been known to eat them with pretty much anything on my plate (I think I get that from living in the Southwest for so long), but I really didn’t know what to do with the overabundance of peppers that I knew we would get.
After some thought, I decided to make my own hot pepper oil instead of purchasing it at the grocery store. It is so easy to make and only requires a few minutes to make it.
Here is how to make homemade hot pepper oil:
Homemade Hot Pepper Oil
- 2 cups Extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 cup crushed dry chili use any chili you like
- 1/4 whole dry chili use any chili you like
Pour the oil in a container that has a lid. Place the crushed peppers and the whole peppers in the oil. Place the lid on the container and place it in a dark cool place for a couple of weeks.
The oil will stay good for months.
Drying chilies using a dehydrator is the best way to do it, as far as I am concerned. I you don’t have a dehydrator you can sun dry them, oven dry them or string them up and hang them to dry.
This homemade hot pepper oil can be used in so many ways. Drizzle it on pizza and pasta. I enjoy using it when I make a stir fry. When we have an Italian dish, we always have this oil on a plate for dipping a wonderful, fresh hunk of bread in it.
Take a few minutes to see what my friends at Sunday Supper have been creating with their harvest.
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