I fell in love with infused sea salts when I went to my local herb and spice shop and found a row of sea salts with unique and tantalizing flavors. Merlot, balsamic, lime infused sea salts were all sitting there waiting to be taken home and used on fish, in mexican food, in curries and on the simple raw tomato and avocado slice. I wanted to figure out how to make these salts on my own. Here is my first attempt, let me know if you’ve found a better way. After digging around on several websites, I liked 101 Cookbooks approach the best. Her way: Zest your citrus, mix zest + sea salt in a bowl, bake on a low temp., grind salt smaller if necessary, jar it! I made a batch of lemon infused salt, lime infused salt and lemon and lime infused salt, they turned out fragrant and lovely.
Citrus Infused Sea Salt
- Sea salt (found it in the bulk section at New Seasons or here)
- Citrus zest (use one of these)
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper
- Glass jars with lids
- Food processor (optional)
Preheat your oven to 225°. For the citrus, you will need to zest any citrus or citrus combo of your choice (lemon, lime, orange, mandarin, grapefruit, etc.). For the salt, any sea salt will do, although flaky sea salt is recommended. I bought coarse sea salt and sent it through my food processor to make it finer. You can do this before or after you bake the zest and salt. Line a baking sheet or stone with parchment paper (I was out so I placed my salt straight onto my baking stone).
For every 1/2 cup of sea salt, use 1 Tbs. of zest. Zest your citrus and mix it together with the sea salt in a bowl. If you are making more than one combination, you will want to keep them separate as they bake. Pour your salt + zest mixtures in lines down your baking sheet, leaving space in between so they do not touch. The purpose of baking the zest and salt together is to dry out the zest and infuse the flavors even more. Bake for about an hour or when you can tell the zest is dried out. Once cooled, you can spoon your sea salt mixtures into individual glass jars of your choice for storage. My mom gave me the ones pictured and I think she got those at a craft store. Once the salts are in their jars, give them a little shake and you’re done! So easy, right?!
You will save tons by making your own infused sea salts. Have some fun and try as many different flavors as you can think of. I want to do vanilla, wine, matcha, saffron, grapefruit, chipotle…
Pretty Spice Jars
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