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DIY Flavored Salts
These custom-seasoned salts pack a flavor punch that any home chef would love.
Flavored salts are a wonderful finishing touch to any dish. Gift these simple-to-make seasonings to impress your foodie friends and to help home cooks give their meals even more flair. CUSTOM FLAVORED SALT BASICS Infusing your flavored salts with extra tastes is a simple matter of baking the salt and your chosen ingredients at a low... Keep Scrolling
Written by Jickie Torres
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Flavored salts are a wonderful finishing touch to any dish. Gift these simple-to-make seasonings to impress your foodie friends and to help home cooks give their meals even more flair.

CUSTOM FLAVORED SALT BASICS

Infusing your flavored salts with extra tastes is a simple matter of baking the salt and your chosen ingredients at a low temperature (between 150–200° F).

Use a coarse salt, such as kosher or flaky Maldon sea salt, for a better texture that will meld well with all your ingredients.

Your flavorings can be almost anything you like, from citrus zests to dried tea leaves, dehydrated veggies or mushrooms. You can also create a sweet and savory combo by using dried fruits or flower petals—just be sure to chop them finely.

You can dehydrate your flavorings first. Or if you are choosing ingredients that are already fine, such as zests or grated ingredients, you can bake them along with the salt.

A good flavorful ratio is 1 tablespoon of flavorings to about ⅓ cup salt. Combine your ingredients in a food processor or with a mortar and pestle or spice grinder. Pulse just a few times to incorporate. Store the finished flavored salts in an airtight container and enjoy!

SALT IT UP!

Here are a few ways to enjoy your newly blended seasonings.

  • On popcorn
  • As a finisher for grilled meats or fish
  • Sprinkled onto roasted veggies
  • Dusted onto eggs or avocado toast
  • On the rim of your margarita
Baking sheet covered in salt, lemon zest and mushrooms pieces displayed next to lemons and porcini mushrooms.
Infusing your salt with extra tastes is a simple matter of baking the salt and your chosen ingredients at a low temperature (between 150–200° F).

EASY RECIPES TO TRY

CHILE LIME Salt

  • 2 tablespoons grated lime zest
  • 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • a teaspoon citric acid
  • 1 cup salt

Pulse all the ingredients in a food processor for 15–20 seconds. Spread them onto a baking sheet and bake at 200° F for 30 minutes.

PORCINI Salt

About ½ cup dried porcini mushrooms 1 cup salt

Chop the mushrooms finely, then combine with salt in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse for about 15–20 seconds, or until the mushrooms are evenly dispersed in the salt.

LEMON ROSEMARY Salt

  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 cup salt

Pulse all the ingredients in a food processor for 15–20 seconds. Spread them onto a baking sheet and bake at 200° F for 30 minutes.

Three small glass canisters filled with custom seasoned salts on a linen napkin with a silver serving tray in the background.
If you are having a hard time mixing the ingredients, pulse them in a food processor for 10–15 seconds.

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