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Flavored Salt Recipes

Homemade Flavored Salt Is Inexpensive, Elegant, and So Easy to Make

This holiday season, treat your friends, family, and loved ones to a homemade edible gift. We've compiled 30 of our favorite edible gifts — including this recipe — so you can deliciously DIY.

Salt is one of those essentials in any kitchen, and it can take any dish from OK to amazing with just a quick sprinkle! This holiday season, spend just a few hours making your very own flavored salts for an easy edible gift. The process is simple and the possibilities as to the flavorings are pretty endless. I made three different varieties including roasted garlic salt, meyer lemon salt, and shiitake salt.

The roasted garlic and meyer lemon salts both took a little longer to make, but the shiitake one's incredibly simple and would work with just about any dried herb, from dried mushrooms to chili flakes to rosemary. When combining a salt with a flavoring that is a little more moist like roasted garlic or citrus, you will need to dry it out in the oven for a short period.

I must admit out of my three, I fell in love with my roasted garlic salt; the flavor is more complex than your average garlic salt and is epic on french fries. The meyer lemon salt is more mild but perfect for fish, chicken, and basically anything that needs a hint of citrus. The shiitake version has a very distinct aroma and would be delicious sprinkled on a soup or any dish with mushrooms. To package up these easy to make salts, just grab easy to seal jars and tie a quick bow. Pick up a box of kosher salt at your local market and start concocting your very own flavored salts this holiday season.

Roasted Garlic Salt

Roasted Garlic Salt

Roasted Garlic Salt

Ingredients

1 head of garlic
1 teaspoon olive oil
1 cup of kosher salt

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  2. Place the garlic on tin foil, drizzle with the olive oil. Wrap up the garlic and place in the oven.
  3. Cook for about 30-40 minutes until the garlic cloves are soft.
  4. Once the garlic has cooled, squeeze out the roasted garlic and stir in the salt. Using a fork or your fingers, gently mix the salt and garlic in large shallow oven-proof glass dish. Try to break up the salt as much as possible.
  5. Preheat the oven to 200ºF. Place the garlic salt in the oven to dry out about 20-30 minutes.
  6. Once the moisture has been removed and it has cooled, use a fork to break up the salt.
  7. Package in small jars.

Meyer Lemon Salt

Meyer Lemon Salt

Meyer Lemon Salt

Ingredients

3 lemons (preferably meyer)
1 cup kosher salt

Directions

  1. Zest three lemons in a shallow oven-proof dish. Mix salt in with the lemon.
  2. Juice one lemon into the salt. Mix the salt, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Be sure to use a fork or your fingers to break up the salt as much as possible.
  3. Preheat the oven to 200ºF. Place the lemon salt in the oven for about 20-25 minutes to dry out the salt.
  4. Wait for the salt to cool and use a fork or your fingers to break up salt.
  5. Package up the salt in small jars.

Shiitake Mushroom Salt

Shiitake Mushroom Salt

Shiitake Mushroom Salt

Ingredients

1 ounce of dried shiitake mushrooms
1 cup of kosher salt

Directions

  1. Using a powerful food processor, finely dice the shiitake mushrooms.
  2. Once diced, in a large bowl add the shiitake mushrooms and the salt. Mix well.
  3. Package the salt in small jars.

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lauren lauren 2 years
@cristina14813562- I smashed the cloves after they were roasted and incorporated it into the salt and than dried the whole product in the oven. If you left them whole, I bet the resulting salt would be a little garlicky, so it is really up to you on the intensity! Hope that helps!
Jenna-Gill Jenna-Gill 2 years
@Cristina14813562 I believe the answer is in step 4: "Once the garlic has cooled, SQUEEZE OUT THE ROASTED GARLIC and stir in the salt. Using a fork or your fingers, GENTLY MIX the salt and garlic in large shallow oven-proof glass dish. TRY TO BREAK UP THE SALT as much as possible." --Sounds like you mash the garlic while stirring in the salt. Then you'll bake it to dry it out, then break up the dried mixture further. I hope this helps! :)
Cristina14813562 Cristina14813562 2 years
Someone please answer! smash or keep in whole cloves? At what stage do I mash?
Cristina14813562 Cristina14813562 2 years
@lauren and at what stage would I mash it?
Cristina14813562 Cristina14813562 2 years
@lauren but do I mash it? or keep it whole?
lauren lauren 2 years
@christina14813562 you can leave that in the salt, you will be dehydrating it in the oven again. Hope that helps.
Cristina14813562 Cristina14813562 2 years
Help! At what stage do I mash up the garlic? The recipe never states... or do we leave it in bulbs and take it out?
gurei gurei 3 years
@lauren  @gurei Thanks for that!   I'm planning to make them as Christmas gifts, that's why I thought it might be nice to include some storage tips..
lauren lauren 3 years
@gurei I kept mine in the pantry and they lasted a couple months, they can draw moisture, so sometimes you will need to break it up. The longer you keep them the less flavor they have, so go for small batches since it doesn't take that long to make. Have fun and enjoy!
gurei gurei 3 years
Thanks for updating the post!   BTW, is there an approximate shelf-life to these flavoured salt?   And are there any suggestions on how to store them?
lauren lauren 3 years
@Paula3458490 Sorry about that! All of the recipes should be displaying properly now. And the garlic salt is still one of my favorites.
gurei gurei 3 years
Yup! I don't see any ingredients or directions to the roasted garlic salt too.    Would love to make some for Xmas..
Paula3458490 Paula3458490 3 years
These sound wonderful and with my budget for Christmas next to no money at all, these will make wonderful little gifts that come from the heart.  Question I have, am I missing something with the Garlic infused salt? Next to directions and ingredients it is showing "N/A". Could you please re-post those? Thank you!
fuzzles fuzzles 4 years
Awesome, Lauren! And danka!
fuzzles fuzzles 4 years
Yummy! And where did you find those little jars? They are adorable!
lauren lauren 4 years
@fuzzles, I live by the same rule! :)
fuzzles fuzzles 4 years
It's on my list! There is no such thing as too much garlic. Or bacon. :@)
lauren lauren 4 years
sure fuzzles, make sure to make the roasted garlic salt, it is amazing!!!
fuzzles fuzzles 4 years
Awesome, Lauren! And danka!
lauren lauren 4 years
@fuzzles, I picked them up at the container store! they have loads of cute ones!!!
Camilla-Salem Camilla-Salem 4 years
oh my goodness, the roasted garlic salt is divine. i can't stop smelling it.
fuzzles fuzzles 4 years
Yummy! And where did you find those little jars? They are adorable!
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