It’s not too late to whip up a DIY homemade gift like this Rosemary Infused Olive Oil that is made of love AND not all homemade foodie gifts need to take an age to make.

While I’m all for homemade foodie gifts, some are of course more in depth than others. Like jam or Christmas pudding, even though there’s hands-off time included – starting these at the 11th hour might not be recommended. Then you’ve got Mums’ crackers or Kimchi, these take a little less time but still not 11th hour material. So for all the last minute people, this recipe is for you:

Easy homemade rosemary infused olive oil, that’s fairly cheap to make and QUICK.

How to make rosemary infused olive oil

If you prefer some visual direction – watch my story highlights on Instagram to see how I make this.


  • 1/4 cup rosemary leaves (stem removed)

  • 1 cup extra virgin olive oil

  • Optional extras:


  1. Start by sterilising your jars and lids. Read more about shelf life safety below.

  2. Remove rosemary leaves from stem. Scrunch rosemary in your hands to ‘bruise’ the leaves, this releases the oils.

  3. Place rosemary and extra virgin olive oil in a pot.

  4. Gently heat oil, on the lowest temperature.
    You want the oil warm / hot but not so it simmers or boils. I heat it to the point I can still touch the sides of the pot with my bare hand.

  5. Turn OFF the heat.

  6. Leave to infuse for 1 hour, or more. I usually leave for hours.

  7. Strain into a jar and label with ingredients and date.
    I’ve found this oil lasts up to 6 months OR to preserve shelf life longer, store in the fridge and bring back to room temperature to use.

How to use rosemary infused olive oil

Here are some ideas on how to use your new batch of rosemary infused olive oil…

  1. To make popcorn – my favourite

  2. In a simple salad dressing with a squeeze of lemon, pinch of salt and pepper. Like an easy mish-mash salad, with couscous and charred peaches.

  3. Drizzled over garlic roasted potatoes.

  4. In a dip like roasted red capsicum, hummus or pesto.

  5. As a marinade for your roasted chicken or slow cooker lamb.

Shelf life safety – How long will this oil last?

Like all foodie gifts, especially those packaged in jars where we expect them to sit on the shelf for a little while. We need to be careful with how we cook and package.

I used to be a little more relaxed when it comes to recommending sterilising jars and lids (for certain products) but lately, I’m recommending this more and more and finding that beginning with really clean jars/lids/utensils rules out an avenue of exposure to bacteria up front – meaning what we’re cooking/packaging can last longer.

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