How to: Preserve Chillies in Oil
Raise your hands if you love anything spicy!
I remember the first time I ever had chilli oil with a dish, I was 14 years old and I was eating pizza at a proper restaurant as opposed to eating greasy takeaways. The waiter brought some parmesan, garlic and chilli oil to our table. 14 year old me thought this was so fancy! I had no idea that you could add anything to a pizza, how naïve I was.
fast forward to right now…
Now I ask for chilli oil every time I sit down to have a pizza, or even pasta. Chilli is just such a wonderful ingredients that can add so much depth to your meals. I have a tendency to add chilli to almost everything I made, even my broccoli soup.
My sister hates spicy food, she prefers bland boring food, my mother and I on the other hand douse our food in chilli, and we share a look when people say our food is too spicy, because we don´t even notice it any more.
The downside is, unfortunately, sometimes I forget that I have added chilli to my niece´s food, and I end up making her something else. The upside is that there´s more food for me. Hehe.
I am so used to buying store bought chillies, and one day I did find a great bag of mixed chillies for super cheap, and I had to idea to cook and preserve them in oil before they spoiled.
Preserving is a great skill to learn, it deepens the flavour of your ingredients and it prolongs the shelf (or fridge) life of said ingredient. Just check out my pickled beets that have been in the fridge for six months and still taste great!
I searched all over the internet (Pinterest) to find an easy recipe on how to preserve chillies in oil. Here it is if you would like to check it out.
I hope you enjoy making this as much as I did.
How to Preserve Chillies in Oil
- 1 cup chopped chillies
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 1 medium-sized glass jar with a tight lid
- Finely chop all the chillies you are going to use
- Heat vegetable oil in a small pot
- Add in the chillies
- Reduce the heat to a simmer
- Simmer the chillies for 15 minutes
- Remove from the heat and cool completely
- Add to a sterilised glass jar
- Store in the fridge for up to a month.