How to Make Flavored Salts

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Making flavored salt couldn't be easier. Grab your favorite flavors, dry the spices, chop and combine them with salt, and voilà! You have your own signature flavor. This is also the simplest, quickest, least expensive homemade gift you can give that also feels very personal. Make your own signature salt by combining various flavorings, add some cute labels and you're all set.

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Tip

  • Use 1 teaspoon of flavoring for every 1/4 cup of salt. Add more to taste.

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 cups coarse kosher salt 
  • Fresh herbs such as rosemary, sage, and thyme
  • 4 springs fresh lavender 
  • 1 lime
  • 1 lemon 
  • 1 dried chili
  • Parchment paper

Step 1: Dry the Spices

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Add the herbs and the lavender to a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Allow to dry in the oven for 30 to 45 minutes or until very brittle.

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Step 2: Chop the Herbs

Chop the lavender and the herbs. Keep the lavender separate from the herbs.

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Tip

  • You can use pre-dried spices, but they won't be as flavorful. Dried herbs tend to lose their flavor over time and there is no way to know how long ago store-bought herbs were dried!

Step 3: Zest

Zest the citrus, about a teaspoon of zest for each fruit.

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Step 4: Chop the Chili

Finley chop the dried chili.

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Step 5: Combine

Set out four small bowls. Add 1/2 cup of salt to each bowl. Add 2 teaspoons of chopped chili to one, 2 teaspoons of herbs to the another, 2 teaspoons of zest to another, and 2 teaspoons of chopped lavender to the last. (Add more flavoring, if desired.)

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Step 6: Mix

Mix well before adding to storage containers. For the citrus, make sure to press the zest into the salt to help release the oil. Air dry the zest in the salt before storing it by leaving it in an open container, stirring occasionally, until dried, about 3 days.

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Step 7: Store

Add to storage containers, making sure spices are evenly distributed in the salt.

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