Make Your Own Gourmet Salt Blends
Salt will extract and absorb the essential flavor compounds and oils from your favorite herbs and other added ingredients, creating a perfect infusion. Stir any of the following flavoring agents, or a creative combination, into sea salt. Start with about 1/2 teaspoon per tablespoon of salt, stirring gently to keep delicate crystals intact. Keep in mind that dried ingredients have more concentrated flavors than their fresh counterparts, so you can use a little less. Store your infused salts in an airtight container for up to a month. For more about artisan salt, read the original article, All About Salt.
Citrus zest: Grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange
Herb seeds: Whole caraway, celery, coriander, cumin, fennel, poppy, sesame
Onions: Finely diced dried shallots, onions or scallions
Peppers: Whole peppercorns or finely diced dried chilies
Herbs: Finely diced or crushed basil, cilantro, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon, thyme; or whole bay leaf
Garlic: Finely diced dried garlic
Seaweed: Dried seaweed, shredded or crumbled
Truffles: Black or white truffles, grated (These treasures are outrageously pricey, but a very little goes a long way!)
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