I try to not get overwhelmed with gift giving during the holidays, but I have to admit it’s hard to avoid picking out something special for my friends.
Luckily, almost all of my friends are as interested in food and cooking as I am, so I know gifts from my kitchen are loved. The other perk? They are incredibly easy to put together, and it only takes a few extra minutes to make enough for all your friends.
This year one of the gifts I’m giving is flavored salts. Aimée wrote about Meyer lemon salts earlier this year, and making other flavors is just as easy. With the help of a food processor and a quick stint in the oven, you can infuse salts with herbs, flowers, citrus, and more.
What to do with flavored salts? Use them on cuts of meat, sprinkle over fish, make your own potato chips, add to desserts for a savory burst, top popcorn, or simply use on roasted veggies. The possibilities really are endless!
For gift-giving, package the salts in small containers (I used small Weck jars) that are air-tight. These salts should last forever – or until you use them up, that is.
No matter what flavor you’re using, start out with a ratio of ¼ cup salt and 1 teaspoon (dried) flavoring, then adjust to taste. I use Kosher salt because its inexpensive and easy to find in large containers, though larger-flake salt would be even more gourmet.
|Sage Rosemary Salt|| |
- 1 cup coarse Kosher salt
- ½ cup fresh sage leaves
- 1/4 cup fresh rosemary leaves
- Preheat oven to 250°F.
- Process ingredients together until herbs are chopped, about 30 seconds.
- Spread onto a rimmed baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes.
- Let cool and package in airtight containers.
Need some other homemade gift ideas? Here are a few of my favorite past recipes:
- Dark Chocolate Rum Truffles
- Maple Spice Candied Nuts
- Buckwheat Pancake Mix
- Chai Spice Granola with Dried Apple and Almonds
- Molasses-Cinnamon Syrup
- Pear Cranberry Compote
Are you making gifts from the kitchen this year?