12.16.2013

Rosemary Lemon Salt


Homemade gifts are my favorite! To give and to get. They show so much thoughtfulness and personal touch. Homemade edible gifts, to me, are the very best. 


I try to make treats every year for my loved ones. So far, I think this has been one my favorite, because right now, I am on a salt kick.

I want salt on everything! Savory and or sweet; who cares. And, if it's flavored salt, well that's even better!


So, here is one of my homemade holiday gifts this year. Rosemary Lemon Salt!


It is so easy and so good! I've used it on avocado toast, chicken, fish, salads. It's pretty great


All you need is a little lemon, rosemary, salt, and a cute containers like these and you are good to go.


First, you've got to dry your rosemary. It is really easy. All you have to do to is put a fresh sprig of rosemary in the microwave for about 1 minute and it is dry. I started by doing 30 seconds first to see how it went, and added more time from there. All funcookers vary.


Then, take a washed lemon. Dry it off and using a microplane, zest! But don't zest too much that you get into the pith (white bitter part of the lemon). Spread the zest onto a plate and zap it. But not as long as the rosemary. Start with about 10 seconds here and keep going until it is dried out. Use a tooth pick or fork to help separate the peel if it is clumpy.


Then you mix it all together.


Pour it into your pretty jar! There you have it, a lovely holiday gift. Give it to a friend, give it to a host, or just give it to yourself.


Rosemary Lemon Salt
1 tsp dried rosemary, chopped
1 tsp dried lemon peel
1/4 cup of coarse, flaky sea salt

1. Dry your herbs and citrus: Take 1 sprig of fresh rosemary and place it on a microwave safe dish or paper towel. Start by microwaving the rosemary on high for 30 seconds and keep going until dried. Next, wash and dry a lemon and zest with a mircoplane. Place lemon peel on a plate and microwave on high for 10 seconds, then again until it dries out. Use a toothpick or fork to de-clump as needed.
2. Measure: Use 1/4 cup salt for every 1 teaspoon of flavoring.
3. Combine: Using a mortar and pestle, your fingers or pulse in a coffee or spice grinder. Mix well but avoid crush the salt too much.
4. Store and Use: Let the salt sit for 24 hours before using. Store in an airtight container and it should last up to a year. Use often and all of the things. Over time, the flavor will be less intense.


What's your favorite homemade gift to give or get?

Cheers!

Erica

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