Minnesota Cooking: Salted Raisins - Trail Mix Minus the Peanuts and M & M's
When you have trail mix and you eat it and the raisins have collected a bit of salt, so when you eat them, they are a salty sweet taste. This is the taste that my hubby was after. So, we went to Fleet Farm and found a bag of raisins.
I have a food processor with a chopping blade, and some salt, so decided to puree some salt to put with the raisins. After all, the peanuts were no longer available to steal salt from, so I had to improvise. Not too salty, since I didn't want the salt to become overwhelming and ruin the raisins.
I generally get the finer salt for my popcorn maker, but decided to just try to make some on my own.
I set my food processor up with a chopper blade and poured a small amount of salt, about a quarter cup or less into the processor bowl.
I found out that you had to hold the processor at an angle and it was extremely dusty. Salt, when chopped, gets really dusty. You have to let the dust settle before you open the top otherwise all the dust will just poof into your room.
I happened to already have a sheet of tin foil on a pan from the last time I made something and changed my mind. I think I was going to make burgers and was asked for quesadillas, so I sat the pan aside for a future project. This raisin project was it.
I sprinkled a teaspoon of the salt across the pan. I wished to have an even layer on the sheet. Raisins are sensitive to salt and will attract it, so it was important to not get all the salt in one spot. Then, I sprinkled the bag of raisins onto the salt, evenly, and then, folded the edges of the tin foil up around the raisins and tossed them gently.
I had a plastic bag ready to enclose them after they were finished and the tin foil acted like a chute to move them into the plastic bag without touching them with my fingers.
I saved the extra salt in a small covered bowl for future projects. I suspect I will be making more of these raisins, or perhaps I'll be making popcorn salt next.
- 1 pound bag raisins
- 1 teaspoon salt, finely chopped
- Set up food processor with chopping blade. Add 1/4 cup of salt to bowl. High speed. Tip processor over so the salt is at the bottom of the blade, cutting sideways, otherwise blade may just pass over the salt, missing it.
- Cut salt for a minute. Let dust settle. Put 1 teaspoonful of salt on a aluminum foil covered pan and spread evenly. Place raisins onto the salt in an even layer, then, using the foil as a bowl, shake to coat.
- Using the foil as a chute, pour the raisins and salt into a gallon size bag and then, eat. Store on shelf.