Originally Posted by Roll_Bones
I like the pepper oil idea. I have plenty red pepper flakes. But no peanut oil. I can get some and make it this week.
Does it last for a good while? I can keep it in the fridge. Does the color of the oil change after infusing with chili flakes?
I can only tell you what I (and many friends) have experienced with this homemade chili oil: That's my disclaimer.
We've never kept it in the fridge, even during hot weather----- even in Albuquerque.
It seems to keep for a long time---- meaning when I make a LARGE batch the oil (not refrigerated) sometimes I won't get to the last bottle for at least 6 months, probably more.
The oil does change color, of course, due to the red of the chilis.
BUT---- very important!--- I keep it in the dark
(cabinet). Sunlight will make any oil go rancid----- even the ambient light in a kitchen (which might take longer for rancidity to develop.)
I use peanut oil because that's the go-to oil for Chinese cooking, but probably any oil will work. I wouldn't use olive oil though. No reason, just don't think it would taste the same.
Make a small batch first and see how you like it. Good luck. Just don't lean over and breathe in the fumes!