infused salts + a few kitchen gadgets

we’ve been seeing infused salts everywhere lately. we wanted to try them, but we didn’t want to pay the williams-sonoma / sur la table price. so, here ya go. a super easy way to make your own in whatever flavor you choose!

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all you need is kosher salt and whatever flavors you’d like to use. we used soy sauce, sriracha and basil.

worth note: we tried a few different kinds of salts, but kosher worked the best.

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the best ratio we came up with was 1/3 cup of salt to one table spoon of flavor.

for the liquid flavors (soy sauce and sriracha), just pour the salt and sauce into a bowl and mix it up really well with your hands.

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for the basil, you basically need to pulverize it. a trick for how to cut any kind of leave like this is to stack the leaves on top of each other, roll them up, then slice the roll.

we use this coffee grinder we found BRAND NEW for $6 at goodwill as an herb grinder. grind it up really well until it looks like this:

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have we mentioned how easy it is to grow basil? we got this out of our garden. we’ve used it to make pesto, tomato soup and now salts!

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now, spread out your salt mixture and throw it in the oven.

we set the oven at 200 degrees.

the dry mixture (basil) needs 30 minutes in the oven.

the wet mixes (soy & sriracha) need 50 minutes.

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another nice kitchen tool i learned about after meeting my chef is a silpat. its this rubbery thing you put on a cookie sheet that keeps whatever your baking from sticking. it’s awesome. technically this is a knockoff silpat from amazon because those things are expensive, but you should probably buy one. it makes life so much easier.

the basil salt was my absolute favorite. it smells and tastes so good.

i’d like to try other herbs too, maybe tarragon and thyme.

ps, how cute are these tiny jars?! i think these make a perfect “just because” gift. : )

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