Hey everyone! Last week I was wondering how to make flavored salts. You find flavored salts a lot in the stores and little restaurants these days and I guess it’s becoming more and more popular. Guess what! Making flavored salts is really easy and as long as you have an oven you can make them yourself. You can choose the flavors you want and it’ll save you a lot of $$ as well, since flavoured salts are expensive in the stores.
Making flavored salt is easy
I started experimenting with flavoring salt since last week and found out that it’s so easy and the possibilities seem endless. There are a lot of common flavor combinations you might already know, like; chili-ginger-garlic, lemon-rosemary, lemon-thyme & garlic-pepper. I took some inspiration from Jamie Oliver’s cookbook ‘Jamies Kitchen‘ also and below I’ve put a list with flavors that I foundor came up with.
To make flavored salt you need coarse seasalt, kosher seasalt works good to make it. Then you need the flavors you want to put in the salt. The next step is to grind the salt and flavors with a foodprocessor or a mortar and pestle. Then let it air dry for 2 days or leave it in the oven for 1 or two hours at 200°F / 100°C and that’s it, easy as that!
You can use dried herbs or pre-dry your ingredients in the oven before grinding it with your salt, but you will get the best flavors if you use fresh ingredients and grind them with the salt while they’re fresh. The salt gets a little wet and will suck up all the flavor, then dry it for about 2 hours in the oven as I mentioned above!
Making flavored salt is no rocket science, you decide how much flavor you like. The list with flavours below are merely suggestions to get you started and you can always adapt the amounts of the ingredients to your liking!
List of flavor combinations
All flavour quantities go with 1 cup of seasalt
- Garlic (4/5 cloves)
- Garlic-pepper (4 cloves + 3 tbsp ground black pepper)
- Black pepper-chili-ginger (2 tbsp black pepper + 1 dried chili + 1 tbsp ginger)
- lavender-rosemary-thyme (2 tbsp of each)
- fennelseed, lemonpeel, vanilla (2 tbsp fennel + 2 tbsp grated lemon peel + 1 vanilla pod)
- Jasmin tea (3 tbsp)
- Citrus salt (Every citrus combination possible, in total 3 tbsp of grated citrus peel
- Any combination of green herbs you like, basil, thyme, rosemary etc. (total of 3 tbsp herbs)
- Dried mushroom or porcini (3 tbsp)
- Lemon-Thyme (grated lemon peel of 1 lemon + 3 tbsp Thyme
Making Lemon-Thyme salt
- 1 cup of coarse seasalt
- grated lemon peel from 1 lemon
- 3 tbsp of fresh thyme
- Grind everything in a foodprocesser untill well mixed
- Spread on an oven plate lined with baking paper
- Let it air-dry for 2 days or dry it in the oven for 1 or 2 hours
- Store in an airtight container
- The flavor will stay for approx 6 - 12 months depending on the ingredients.