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eyeroll

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For those of you who cold-infuse botanicals in oil to obtain color: Do you find there is a time after which the oil doesn't absorb any more color from the powder/leaves? Is it just unnecessary overkill to leave the the oil infusing after, say, a month? How long do you like to infuse for the deepest, richest color results?
 

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I've always followed the 6 weeks rule for cold infusion. I don't let any leaves stay in longer as they could start to get funky and spoil, but leaves do not really add much color, other than brown.

Spices I just do the same with. Don't know if leaving, say, annatto seed in longer will make a difference. Certainly using a lot or a little does make a difference.

Calendula petals reach yellow and don't get any further after 6 weeks. I have unintentionally let that one sit longer. Actually, by 4 weeks they are not making the oil any more yellow then they already have, in my observation.

By the time 6 weeks is up, I am ready to strain them and use anyway, 'cause I am tired of shaking them daily, I am lazy, lol.
 

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By the time 6 weeks is up, I am ready to strain them and use anyway, 'cause I am tired of shaking them daily, I am lazy, lol.
I know, right? Also, me=impatient. I'm currently sitting on three weeks and dying to use them.
 

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