Gift Glass Bottles

glass gift bottles

If you’re planning to conserve funds and add the personal touch this Christmas by giving home made gifts, there’s a fine roster of classic gifts to choose from. A traditional favourite involves making flavoured oils in glass gift bottles – they look good and taste great. All sorts of ingredients can be used to flavour oil, but fresh and dried herbs, spices, peppers, garlic and citrus zest are classic options. Olive oil is the best base oil to use and the result can be drizzled over sauteed vegetables, roast meat, pasta recipes or salads. Make your infusion and pour into sterilised bottles – Wares of Knutsford sell a range of attractive presentation bottles. Don’t forget to label your gift with its contents.

Glass gift bottles of garlic and fennel oil

  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 bulb fennel, tops and outer leaves trimmed, core removed and flesh chopped
  • 200ml olive oil

Add all the ingredients to a heavy based saucepan and heat gently until the mixture just starts to boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for about 45 minutes or until the garlic and fennel are soft. Set the pan aside and allow the infusion to cool a little. Strain the infusion into bottles and seal.

As an added bonus, the cooked fennel and garlic can be mashed and seasoned to make a great spread for toast or crackers.

Glass gift bottles of chilli oil

  • 450ml olive oil
  • 20g dried chilli flakes
  • 3 whole dried chillies

Heat the olive oil gently in a heavy based saucepan, then add the chillies and chilli flakes and keep heating for another 3-4 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and allow the oil to cool a little. Pour the oil carefully into bottles, including the chillies and chilli flakes, then seal.

Glass gift bottles of rosemary oil

  • 1-2 large sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 200ml olive oil

Rinse the rosemary clean and allow to dry thoroughly before using. Add the oil and herbs to a heavy based saucepan on a low heat and allow to warm through for 10 minutes. Allow to cool for a while before straining into bottles. Add a fresh sprig of rosemary to the bottles and seal carefully.

Glass gift bottles of lemon oil

  • 200ml olive oil
  • Peel of 1 lemon, in strips

Add the oil and lemon zest to a heavy based saucepan over a low heat and allow to simmer for about 20 minutes. Strain the oil into bottles, adding fresh strips of peel for decoration, if you want. Seal the bottles and store in a cool dark place.

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