Sep 17, 2014

Seriously Flavoured Salt

Filed under: Sauces & Spices,spice mixes,Home,Recipes — Kay @ 10:36 am

Seriously Flavored Salt

Seriously flavoured salt: why, oh, why didn’t I think of this sooner? I can almost see you frown.

I know that adding dried herbs or other spices to salt has been done for eons. No rocket science there. A good flavoured salt is a perfect way to finish and liven up any kind of dish. But I own a dehydrator, darn it! I can do better than that. I just didn’t think of it any sooner.

The advantage of having a dehydrator—though I know you can do this in an oven as well—is that you can add fresh ingredients, completely infusing the salt with whatever it is you’re adding to it. The salt will, obviously, get wet but that’s okay because we’ll dry it after it’s taken on the flavour and colour.

That idea resulted in me now being the proud owner of a jalapeño, lime and tequila infused sea salt. Among other things. Need I say more? Booze infused salt. Yup, take a moment to let that sink in!

The sky is the limit; add lime or lemon zest & juice, a splash of red wine, fruit or veggies, cocoa, coffee. Go completely crazy. You’re only limited by your own imagination. Create different flavours in different colours, buy some really cute jars and wrap them up nicely. They make the perfect ‘just because’ gift for friends or family.

 

Ingredients:

 
Jalapeño, Lime & Tequila Salt

1/2 cup very coarse sea salt
1 jalapeño
zest of 1/2 a lime
1 tbsp lime juice
1 tbsp tequila

 
Chili & Rosemary Salt:

1/2 cup very coarse sea salt
1 red chili pepper
2 garlic cloves
few sprigs rosemary

 

Directions:

It’s as easy as pie! This is all you need.
Seriously Flavored Salt

I deseeded the pepper, but you can leave the seeds in if you like. Make sure your rosemary leaves have no tough, woody particles still attached to them.
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Transfer it all to your food processor and blitz until it’s finely chopped.
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Add the salt.
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And blitz until the salt has taken on the colour of the ingredients.
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I bought rock hard salt because I needed it to stay coarse in the food processor. Now I can still fill up a salt grinder and have it make sense.
 

The salt is wet now, so I spread it out on the sheets that came with my dehydrator. I dried it at 52Cº (125Fº) for about an hour and that did it for me.
Seriously Flavored Salt

 
If you don’t own a food dehydrator, just spread the salt on a with parchment paper lined baking sheet and dry it in the oven at 180Cº (355Fº). Start with 15 to 30 minutes, depending on how wet the salt is, and work your way up from there.
 

I did the same with the jalapeño, lime zest, juice and tequila. This salt was wetter because of the liquids so it took a while longer to dry.
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The acidic, citrusy and boozy flavour of this salt is so, so good! I actually used it (finer grind though) to rim cocktail glasses for margarita’s… it was amazing!
 

Does this look pretty or what?
Seriously Flavored Salt

Seriously Flavoured Salt
Ingredients
    Jalapeño, Lime & Tequila Salt

    1/2 cup very coarse sea salt
    1 jalapeño
    zest of 1/2 a lime
    1 tbsp lime juice
    1 tbsp tequila

    Chili & Rosemary Salt:

    1/2 cup very coarse sea salt
    1 red chili pepper
    2 garlic cloves
    few sprigs rosemary

Directions
    Add the (deseeded) chili pepper, rosemary leaves and garlic to a food processor and blitz until it’s all fionely chopped. Add the salt and blitz until the salt takes on the flavour.

    Use a clean bowl and knife and do the same with the jalapeño, lime zest, juice and salt.

    Spread the salt evenly on a dehydrator sheet and dried the salt at 52Cº (125Fº) in my dehydrator (an hour worked for me). If you don’t own a food dehydrator, just spread the salt on a with parchment paper lined baking sheet and dry it in the oven at 180Cº (355Fº). Start with 15 to 30 minutes, depending on how wet the salt is, and work your way up from there.

Meal type: Salt, Spice Mix
Servings: 1
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    7 Comments »

    1. 1

      Wow, I make alot of flavoured salt .. never did the Jalepeno one! Next thing in my TODO list!! Thanks for sharing!! :)

      Ashima on Sep 17, 2014 @ 11:47 am Reply
    2. 2

      Evil enabler….
      Nu moet ik natuurlijk ook even losgaan in de keuken met zout!

      Es' on Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:38 pm Reply
      1. Ik ga dit weekend een batch maken met chipotle en whisky, denk ik. Voor op de steak :)

        Kay on Sep 17, 2014 @ 12:56 pm Reply
    3. 3

      OMG……………the possibilties!!

      barb on Sep 17, 2014 @ 3:36 pm Reply
    4. 4

      What a fun kitchen project! Great idea for hostess gifts or gifts for the upcoming holidays.

      Lana@NeverEnoughThyme on Sep 18, 2014 @ 2:21 pm Reply
    5. 5

      This is great! I use finishing salts from The Salt Cellar (https://www.salt-cellar.com) because making them myself isn’t always doable. This inspires me to be more of a DIY person. Have you tried using Himalayan salt at all?

      Munsie on May 31, 2016 @ 10:18 pm Reply
    6. 6

      I tried the jalapeno lime salt but it came out way too salty, not enough pepper/lime flavor. I am going to try again but dried and grind some jalapenos, use the powder and use lime oil instead of just lime. Also, watch the oven, I burned the first batch (15 min as I had added extra lime juice). Think I will try lower temp and check it alot!

      kim on Aug 8, 2017 @ 12:32 am Reply

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