DIY Basic Herb Salt Recipe is the perfect homemade seasoning mix to jazz up your dishes, and it makes the ideal gift for friends and family!
“Salt is a preservative. It really holds flavor. For example, if you chop up some fresh herbs, or even just garlic, the salt will extract the moisture and preserve the flavor.” – Sally Schneider
I’ve been obsessed with herbs for years now. I love growing them, cooking with them, and using those gorgeous plants in my DIY projects.
It’s always fun to stumble upon a new way to put the bounty of summer’s harvest to work in new ways.
I rarely use salt in my recipes now because I’ve been cutting down on my salt intake. Using infused herb salt to sprinkle on the dish when it’s time to eat, give a more flavorful dish.
While in line at the grocery store, I saw a special publication of Mother Earth News. They had a magazine devoted to Cooking with Herbs.
It was love at first sight. Do magazines in check-out lines speak to you too? I ignore all the gossip magazines about movie stars and gravitate right to the cooking and gardening magazines.
The recipe for Basic Herb Salt came from this magazine and I just had to try it. What’s great about this recipe is that it’s a perfect starting off point to blending your own herb salts at home.
While the herb salt blend sits in your cupboard, the magic happens. The salt will absorb the oils and flavor compounds from your dried herbs.
You can start with this basic recipe and then adjust it, depending on your tastes. Who knows, you might become a master blender of herb-infused salts once you get started.
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Here are some herbs you can use to make your own herb salts:
Basil, bay leaf, cilantro, lavender, lemon balm, marjoram, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, savory, tarragon, Thai basil, and thyme.
Whether you use store-bought herbs or herbs you dried from your garden, the result will be the same – flavorful dishes in your future.
DIY Basic Herb Salt Recipe Ingredients:
1 cup unrefined sea salt
1/4 cup dried parsley
2 tablespoons dried basil
1 tablespoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
DIY Basic Herb Salt Recipe Directions:
1) Blend all ingredients in a mortar and pestle until combined. (If you’re using your own dried herbs, remember to remove the stems.)
The original recipe said to combine in a food processor, but I prefer manual control over the consistency I like the best. If you process this infused salt too much, it loses the “look” I love.
2) Add salt mixture to a clean glass jar and store in a dark, cool place.
Remember that herbs lose their flavor after a few months, so make sure you use it soon!
Here’s some ideas of dishes to use your DIY Basic Herb Salt Recipe:
Roasted vegetables, homemade soups, meat marinades, dips, salad dressings, popcorn, grilling basically anything, fresh tomatoes or cucumbers, and corn-on-the-cob are just a few ideas to get started on accenting.
What you need to make DIY Basic Herb Salt Recipe:
1) Herb drying rack.
I recently read in a gardening magazine an idea for drying your homegrown fresh herbs – by using a sweater drying rack. You can find one here on Amazon.
I thought this was a smart idea because the air is allowed to circulate around the herbs.
2) Drying herbs in a dehydrator.
If you live in an area with moisture in the air, then you might want to consider buying a dehydrator. I love the one I bought – I did tons of research on which one was the best to buy. This is the one I own here.
3) Sea salt.
One of my favorite salts to buy is Himalayan Sea Salt. If you’ve never had it, you’re in for a treat!
As an extra bonus, the salt is pink! Who would love pink sea salt?
Another type of salt I like is Real Salt – Ancient Sea Salt.
This salt still has trace minerals and no additives. You can find Real Salt – Ancient Sea Salt here on Amazon.
4) Dried parsley.
If you’re not going to be using herbs from your garden, you’re going to want to get a larger container of dried parsley because the recipe calls for 1/4 cup.
The rest of the ingredients, I’m guessing you have in your cupboard. You won’t be using very much of those.
5) Cute jars.
If you’re planning on making a few jars of infused salt, you’re going to need some cute jars to put the recipe in.
6) Food in Jars Kitchen
I just found this cookbook that just came out in 2019. It’s always fun to take a peek inside new cookbooks that hit the book shelves.
- 1 cup unrefined sea salt
- 1/4 cup dried parsley
- 2 tablespoons dried basil
- 1 tablespoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- Blend all ingredients with a mortar and pestle until combined. (If you're using your own dried herbs, remember to remove the stems.) The original recipe said to combine ingredients in a food processor, but I prefer manual control over the "look" of the infused salt.
- Add salt mixture to a clean glass jar and store in a dark, cool place. (Like your kitchen cupboard.)
Remember that herbs lose their flavor after a few months, so make sure you use it soon.
See how easy that was? This recipe makes the perfect gift for friends and family for birthdays, the holidays, or even overnight guests as a little token of your love.
Each recipe only takes 5 minutes to make and everyone will enjoy their own jar of infused salt.
We’ve reached the end of DIY Basic Herb Salt Recipe. Let me know in the comments below if you made the recipe and what you thought.
What type of homemade seasonings do you like to make?
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