Calendula-Infused Coconut Oil
2 C. melted extra-virgin coconut oil (see step 1)
2 C. dried calendula petals
1 pint glass jar with lid, preferably dark in color
If the oil is solid, set the jar in a saucepan with 1 to 2 inches of simmering water. Swirl the jar around from time to time and remove when the oil has melted. This works for glass jars only. If your coconut oil is in a plastic jar, transfer some to a glass jar before melting in simmering water, then measure 2 cups. Pour the petals into the empty jar. Pour melted oil over petals, filling the jar to within one or two inches of the top. Loosely cap, label, and set in a sunny window or other warm spot to steep for 2 weeks or up to 1 month. Gently swirl the jar a couple of times a day. Secure the cap and store in a cool, dark place. To use, bring the oil back to liquid if it is solid, using the method in step 1. Strain through a cheesecloth-lined metal strainer into a glass measuring C. or jug. Gather up the four comers of the cheesecloth, twist, and squeeze the petals to release all the oil. Discard petals and cheesecloth. Pour calendula-infused oil into smaller jars. Cap, label, and store jars in a cool, dark cupboard or refrigerator.