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Casa Verde: What's in These Jars?

Casa Verde: What's in These Jars?

Recently, I've been experiencing some seasonal nesting urges, which have had me in the garden, sewing pillows, and reupholstering chairs. This is another of my ongoing projects.

To see what's inside these canning jars,

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I'm infusing olive oil to make salves for holiday presents! The last time I made salves, my gardening and artist friends said that it saved their hands through hard work and chilly Winter gardening projects.

If you want to make your own infused oil, use extra virgin olive oil (preferably organic), and make sure to completely cover the herbs with olive oil. You should fill the jars completely with olive oil, too, since extra oxygen can cause the oil to go rancid. (Don't worry, I filled that last jar after I snapped the photo.) So far, I have rosemary oil, lemon verbena oil, and peppermint oil in the works. All of the herbs are from my garden, but you can use herbs or flowers from friends' gardens, or buy them (again, make sure they are organic) from a farmers market.

Have you ever infused olive oil?

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