It all started one day when I spent a few extra minutes at the supermarket and checked out the gourmet section. All sorts of nice products started to appear before my eyes. Infused oils, fancy seasoning mixes and flavored salts. I was like a kid in a candy store. I wondered why had I never stopped before to check out all these delicious sauces and oils and soon found out. I reached for a lime and chile flavored salt and almost dropped the jar on the floor when I saw the price. Granted, a well-known chef was depicted on the label but c’mon… $18.99 for salt?
I picked up some kosher salt and decided to go home and make my own flavored salt for a fraction of the price. I don’t mind help building up the celebrity chefs empires when it is a great product, but I am not willing to buy something that is overpriced just because they have endorsed it.
After a bit of experimenting, here is my favorite flavored salt recipe:
Rosemary, Garlic and Lemon Salt Recipe
Note: feel free to adjust the recipe as you please. So… if you go gaga for garlic then double the amount and so on.
- 1/4 cup fresh rosemary (not the wooden part)
- Zest from 1 organic lemon (I use this peeler as it only peels the yellow part off and not the bitter white part)
- 6 gloves garlic
- 2 cups kosher salt
Note: feel free to adjust as you please. If you go gaga for garlic then double the amount and so on.
Put the ingredients in a food processor and pulse until everything is blended together. Heads up – if you are using a processor with a clear plastic bowl, the salt can scratch the inside of the bowl. Not a big deal for me, but it if is for you, you may want to get a spice grinder instead.
Place everything on a cookie sheet that is covered with parchment paper. Note, the parchment paper or a silicone mat is very important. The first time I made flavored salt I didn’t bother with any parchment paper and the salt pretty much melted into the cookie. It was not a lot of fun to cleanup, so learn from my mistake and use parchment paper.
Put the cookie sheet in a 250 F oven for 10 minutes. Stir the salt and give it another 10 minutes in the oven. Take the salt out of the oven, let it cool down and then give it another few pulses in the food processor. If you plan to put the salt in glass jars, make sure to pulse the mixture until it is fine enough so you can sprinkle it through the holes in the top of your glass jar.
Transfer your flavored salt to your glass jar and slap a fun label on it. I have given dozens of this particular salt away to friends and neighbors at Christmas and they love it! I chose a nicer jar for hostess gifts than the regular glass jar and people loved them! A few people have already asked for more already, so this post will be shared with them, so they can make their own flavored salt.