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Homemade Cooking Oil No. 1 - Lemon Spice Oil

Written by Paulo Martirez on Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Spice up your cooking or give these tasty oils to your friends as a memorable gift. They will love this and will thank you for it!

Stir this oil into cooked rice or pour it sparingly onto poached, steamed or sautéed fish.

• 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
• 10 whole cloves
• 1 bay leaf
• 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
• 1/2 teaspoon whole allspice
• 1/2 teaspoon whole black peppercorns
• 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
• 1/2 cup peanut or vegetable oil

1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees.

2. With a mortar and pestle or a spice grinder, coarsely grind the lemon zest, cloves, bay leaf, cinnamon, allspice and peppercorns with the lemon juice to form a paste.

3. In a 1-cup metal measure or very small metal bowl, stir together paste and oil. Set the measuring cup or bowl on a baking sheet and cook in lower third of oven for one hour. Cool on a rack for 30 minutes.

4. Line a small strainer with several layers of cheesecloth and strain oil into a glass jar. Covered loosely and refrigerated at all times, flavored oil keeps for one month.

Servings: Makes about 1/2 cup.

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