Risks of Homemade Infused Oil?
I'm sorry if this topic has been overdone, but it's new to me.
I've been reading that there's quite some concern over infusing bulbs and herbs in oil. There's a risk of Botulism. From what I read, the spores are carried around on most vegetables, but in oil at room temp. is the perfect enviroment for them to become deadly.
Recently I had chopped some hot peppers and taken some spices, put them in a jar, added sunflower oil, sealed the lid, and refrigerated it. I had also taken a recently used up store bought bottle of oil with the herbs still in it, and refilled the bottle with sunflower oil, which I also refrigerated.
I was told that so long as I do not heat up the oil and herbs etc. together, and keep it in the fridge, it should be fine. However, it's apparently very risky, so I want a second opinion.
Just wanna be careful. Thanks!