Gifts from the Kitchen, Fresh Basil Oil

When I saw this Fresh Basil Oil over at the Café Sucré Farine, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on some fresh basil~

basil oil

Make up a batch and put it in a fancy bottle and you have the perfect gift from your kitchen,

A most welcome addition to anyone’s pantry….

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I used a handpainted bottle, [see Juicy Details below]  but all kinds of fun bottles are widely available-check Pier 1, Michaels, Hobby Lobby, Sur La Table…


All you need is 1-2 cups fresh basil leaves, a little good quality olive oil another light oil

I used vegetable because that’s what I had but Chris recommends sunflower or canola oil

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The technique is very simple

Poor boiling water over basil leaves in a strainer over a bowl [upper right]

Quickly rinse under cool water to stop the cooking process [ middle right]

Drain leaves well [lower right]

Pat dry on paper towels [bottom middle]

Pulse in food processor or blender with oil

Now put mixture into a saucepan


Bring to a gentle boil and simmer 1 minute, do not over cook


Remove from heat and cool, then pour into clean bottle

basil oil

Fresh Basil Oil

Prep Time 10 minutes
Course condiment
Cuisine American
Servings 1 cup


  • 1-1 1/2 cups fresh basil leaves
  • 1/4 extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • boiling water


  • Fill a quart sized measuring cup with water and microwave on high until it comes to a vigorous boil, about 8 minutes. Place leaves in a strainer over a large mixing bowl and pour boiling water over them.
  • Immediately transfer strainer to sink and run cold water over them to stop the cooking process.
  • Drain well and remove to paper towels and pat thoroughly dry.
  • Place leaves in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Add oil and puree for 1 minute.
  • Transfer oil to a small sauce pan and bring to a gentle boil and cook 1 minute, stirring. Remove from heat and cool. Pour into a clean bottle. Makes 1 cup
Keyword basil oil, fresh basil, herb flavored oil
fresh basil oil

Thank you Chris for such a heavenly recipe.  Please pop over to the Café Sucré Farine here to see all the delicious ways she uses this oil, and her gorgeous photos~

Juicy Details

If you want to paint your bottle, use Acrylic Paint for glass and a small liner brush for lettering.  Use a fatter brush for the basil leaves and a combo of yellow and dark green to paint the leaves

Another way to jazz it up is with a cute label, like these chalk board labels


You can stick them on the bottle or use a piece of ribbon or twine and hang the tag around the neck

Halloween bottles

Not using words like these of course!!

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There are lots of free printable labels available too, see a selection here and here

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Check the craft store for Martha Stewart’s line of labels and paper crafting supplies, tons of super cute things to choose from~

Lots of possibilities here!

Pssst…just a little FYI, my first bottle of this divine basil oil is staying right here in my kitchen!


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9 Responses to “Gifts from the Kitchen, Fresh Basil Oil”
  1. Mary says:

    Looks beautiful and timely Jenna! I was looking at a recipe this weekend that called for basil oil and I just planted some basil yesterday 🙂 Love your lettering and painted bottle too!

  2. Velva says:

    This is such a great idea! With summer just around the corner this would be a fabulous way to use summer garden basil. Thanks for sharing. I am pinning this right now!


  3. Another wonderful idea from The Painted Apron, Jenna!!

  4. Lynn says:

    Sounds tasty! And I’m lovin’ those cute canning labels:@)

  5. That looks so amazing!!! I am obsessed with basil (I even made lemon basil ice cream once) so once my new little plant gets going, I am going to give this a try! Thanks so much for sharing! Found you at Coastal Charm blog party.

  6. chrisscheuer says:

    Hi Jenna, thanks so much for your kind words and the link. I love your bottles, so fun and pretty! I always appreciate a gift from the kitchen!

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