My dad also hinted that this might make a good post for my blog. 😉
And I could not agree with him more.
So this is really his method, and he also shared a couple of resources with me (here).
All you need to throw one of these together is a glass bottle that can be sealed (like this one), 18-20 dry ornamental peppers, and about 1 cup of olive oil. You could easily recycle any glass bottle you have/collect. I used a reusable one I had on hand. Whatever you use, just be sure to clean it first.
Slice each pepper so that the insides and seeds are exposed. This is usually the hottest part of any pepper. I prefer to wear gloves when I work with any type of hot pepper. I just keep a small package of disposable gloves under my kitchen sink. I don’t use them often, but when I do need them they come in really handy (pun!!!!)
After cutting the peppers, add them to the jar and fill with olive oil. Allow that to soak for 2-3 days before use (or before you gift the bottle to someone).
As the peppers soak they will begin to sink to the bottom of the bottle. This is good! If you notice the peppers floating at the top are exposed (sticking out of the oil), be sure to add a little more oil or invert the bottle. Exposed peppers can become moldy; this happened to the first bottle my dad gifted me before I realized this was the case. So make sure the peppers are fully submerged. You can also snag a bottle of pepper oil already made or go for spicy chile pizza oil or an infused oil gift set if you are (or you know) an oil-loving kind of person—they really add so much to a dish!
Thanks for letting me share my dad’s latest pepper project. I just love these and think they make an awesome little handmade gift for this coming season. Yay, Dad! xo. Emma
Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions.