Cheer up these Autumn grey days with a bright burst of Chillis. By making chilli oil you can enjoy your summer crop all year round. And it means whenever you want to add a tasty touch to salads, stews and enchiladas alike you just tap a drop from your oil bottle. No need to trim and de-seed those fiery little pods every time. Read on below and you’ll discover my simple Chilli Oil recipe.
Read on below and you’ll discover my simple Chilli Oil recipe.
My Chilli Oil Recipe is easy and fun to do on a wet Autumn afternoon. We grow our own chillis in our kitchen garden, but our eldest son grows just as big a crop as houseplants on his window cills. You can always buy a bag of chillis from a supermarket pretty well year round, and a little bottle of chilli oil with a ribbon tied makes a welcome thank-you gift or Christmas pressy to friends and family.
- 100g (3 ½ oz) red chillis
- 1 litre (1.75 pints) groundnut oil
- 2 Tbsps Sweet or Hot Paprika
- Cut the stalks from the top of the chillis. Put them in a food processor and blitz them to a pulp. Transfer pulp to a pan and add the oil.
- Heat the oil gently until it reaches a light frothy simmer (120 degrees C). Maintain at this level of heat for 15 minutes.
- Remove from the heat and stir in the Paprika. Leave to cool completely and then pour into a bowl through a muslin strainer and then into sterilised bottle and seal the top. It is ready to use and will keep for a year.
A stable strainer is a great investment and this new 3-piece click-together strainer is a sturdy piece of kit, quick to construct and take apart in seconds, so there’s less faff when straining jellies, cordials, home brews or scented oils. Click the photo to find out where you can get one.
Whether you are making the Chilli Oil recipe for your own use, or making a gift of it it, is good to have conveniently-sized and attractive storage bottles with secure lids. In the photo above I have used an old olive oil bottle but this handy sloe gin bottle has a better fastening and holds a handy 0.5 litres. Again click the bottle to find where to buy them.
If you are interested in chillis and want to know more about growing them, their varying temperatures and uses, our friend at Yorkshire Chillis is brilliant. Here he is at Beverley Food Festival. Click on his stall and it will take you to his website.