Flavored salts are an inexpensive but fun gift to make. They can be used on popcorn or in general cooking. Take a sniff from each jar and your taste-buds will immediately water. Come check out how simple it is to make!
How it’s done:
Place any ingredients that need crushing or grinding in a mortar and pestle or, if you are lucky a spice grinder. Grind roughly or to a powder, whichever you prefer. I like a mixture of table salt, coarse kosher salt and Himalayan sea salt all mixed together. Add any other flavoring ingredients and pound together in a pestle and mortar. Add about half your salt (or salts), and crush together well, then add the rest of the salt and crush gently before adding to your jars. A rule of thumb is approximately 1 teaspoon of crushed flavor additives per 1/4 cup salt.
If you want to flavor your salts with wet ingredients like: Sriracha sauce, horseradish or balsamic vinegar, allow extra time for drying. Drying can be done in a low temp oven, in a dehydrator, or just laying out on a paper towel for several hours.
Some great flavoring ideas:
- Red pepper flakes
- Liquid smoke
- Horseradish and balsamic vinegar
- Sriracha hot sauce
- Vanilla and cinnamon
- BBQ Sauce
After the salts are completely dry you can bottle them up. Salts intended for gifts should be packaged NICELY. Small jars or test tubes. Please don’t just hand them some Ziploc baggies with sharpie scribbled titles on them. You went to all this trouble so far, don’t fumble the ball at the one yard line!
How to use your flavored salts: