Vanilla Infused Oil - Straining
A couple of weeks back, we started a vanilla oil infusion and did a comparison test of vanilla bean quality.
Today, we strain and check out the final product and, as promised, I'm going to share an easy peasy straining tip that is perfect for smaller amounts.
Shall we strain our vanilla-infused oil?
Place one tea filter inside of another
Roll the top down a bit so the filters do not risk separating. Place the tea filters inside a clean container (beakers are perfect because you can pour directly from them when you're done)
Pour the oil into the filters
Lift the filter bag up and let strain completely
It usually isn't necessary if you 'double bag'.
Transfer the oil to your final container.
Rejoice at your expertly strained vanilla-infused oil
Comparison TestI'll bet you already know the answer to this one, and you are absolutely right. The pricier, juicier, plumper vanilla beans resulted in a richer, warmer, more luxurious scented oil.
Once again proof that choosing quality raw materials is the best way to ensure a top-quality result.
Where to Use Infused OilIt's almost more fitting to ask where not to use an infused oil. An infused oil can replace part or all of a regular carrier oil in any formula.
As for this oil, I have plans of trying it out in
- body lotion
- lip balm
- Body butter
- face oil
- body oil
Visit the first post on making infused oil right here.
I have a few tonka beans and I think I'm going to give them a try...
@Gwen - I agree with you about sun infusion. I am partial to this method, and never forget to agitate daily as I cannot help but see the bottles every day.
Does the vanilla smell last? what percentage do you suggest?