DIY Flavored Salts (& More)
Have you ever used flavored salts to spice up a meal? Flavored salts can take plain and make it poppin'. They can take boring and make it unbelievable. And they can take everyday and make it stunning. AND they can make beautiful delicious DIY gifts.
We add salt to many dishes because it enhances the natural flavors of whatever we're preparing. The same is true of flavored salts as it brings out the deeper flavors of the seasoning(s) we combine it with.My favorites right now are:
- Sriracha salt - adds heat to any dish, made more mild by its combination with the salt - delicious in eggs or over pasta
- Shiitake (mushroom) salt - has a deep rich, earthy flavor - tastes great on salads, pasta, and in soup
- Wine salt - adds a dry, sweet saltiness to meats and I like it over steamed vegetables (this involves cooking down an entire bottle of good red wine, though I haven't mastered it yet)
I've share links for these and a few other favorite recipes below.
The tools for making flavored salts are few and simple. My absolute favorite kitchen tool for the task is my Proctor-Silex Coffee Grinder. Coffee grinder, you ask? Yes, my coffee grinder makes quick work of clumped together salt crystals, dried herbs and other ingredients. In addition to using them in my own kitchen, I like to give flavored salts as gifts.
I want to take a minute to tell you 4 quick things about my coffee grinder though. It's nothing fancy. It's not expensive or shiny or pretty. It's functional and perfect for homemade seasoning projects. It is compact with a retractable cord, easy to use and clean up, tough, and has numerous safety features. I have been very happy with this simple functional grinder. If I wear it out someday, I plan to purchase the exact same model again.
Now, read on to find out more about flavored salts I love to make for myself and as special (delicious) gifts for family and friends.
Here are a number of web sites with recipes for flavored salts. My favorites are the ones that provide easy to follow recipes as well as suggestions of how to use the salts with different foods. Every page also has pictures so you can get ideas for packaging your salty gifties. Enjoy!
- Life at Cobble Hill Farm - Flavors: Citrus-Vanilla, Rosemary, Porcini, Lime-Chipotle, Lime-Ginger, Celery, Curry
- Pitchfork Diaries - Flavors: Curry, Pimenton, Chive & Shallot, Citrus, Vanilla, Chinese Five Spice Powder, Porcini, Lemongrass & Kaffir Lime
- Free People - Flavors: Citrus, Vanilla, Szechuan Peppercorn, Lavender
- Girli Chef - Flavors: Lavender, Porcini, Southwestern, Bacon
- Punk Domestics - Flavors: Wine, Wild Mushroom, Chili Pepper, Chili-Lime, Ramp (wild leek), Rosemary-Citrus, Citrus
- POPSUGAR Food - Flavors: Roasted Garlic, Shiitake, Lemon
- Ramshackle Glam - Flavor: Sriracha (See picture above)
Here are a few more simple tools for salt-making projects
Make sure you have a good set of cookie sheets - some recipes call for drying time, while others require time in the oven. I like to have several cookies sheets available for large or multiple batches.
A variety of funnel sizes is super handy for getting flavored salts into seasoning jars without spills. Once you've spent time making these salts, you won't want to waste a single grain.
This is by far the best bargain for empty spice jars. I prefer glass myself - it lasts longer, is easier to keep clean and is more likely to be reused.
Which sounds like the most delicious flavor profile for salt?
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What do you think? Will you be creating homemade salts for gift-giving (or yourself?