Hello! As you all know, Miss B. has her hands full with sweet baby b., so I thought I’d lend a hand, and share this project with you. Tristan’s original vision for this month was to provide you with a bountiful collection of luxe homemade gift ideas (not your average D.I.Y., that’s for sure). This is one of those projects. It’s a gourmet gift that will be appreciated by culinary novices & afficionados alike (you’ll want to make extra for yourself too).
We are in the habit of sprinkling herbed sea salt on just about everything that comes out of our kitchen. Vignalta Salle Alle Erbe is what hooked us (sooo good, don’t say you haven’t been warned). Of course it was one of the first things I shared with Tristan when she moved to town, and she asked if we’d ever tried to make our own. Brilliant, the girl is brilliant! After a trip to the market for fresh herbs (a steal at $1 / bunch at Pike Place Market), the first test was under way. Two hours later we had custom blended herbed sea salt, worthy of gracing our soups, roasted vegetables, fish, meats – anything normally seasoned with salt & herbs. Best of all, it’s surprisingly easy and gift worthy!
Garlic / Lemon Zest (optional)
Labels: See the label in the photo? You are welcome to use it for your gifts too! Download PDF.
Use a simple 2:1 ratio (2 parts herbs to 1 part salt).
Add a modest amount of garlic or lemon zest if you like.
Mince herbs & garlic / lemon zest in a small food processor. Add coarse salt. Blend to preferred consistency.
Line cookie sheet with parchment paper. Pour your mixture onto the parchment & spread into a thin layer. Bake at 225˚ for 1 hour, stirring once or twice during that time.
Let cool completely before pouring into glass containers.
There is plenty of room for creativity in this recipe. Choose your own blend of coarse salts – I mixed together sea salt, & Himalayan pink salt. Grey salt is a delicious option as well. For the herb mixture, I went with a combination of rosemary (heavy on the rosemary), sage, thyme, & garlic. If you decide to use a similar combination, you should know that it will make your home smell like you have been cooking all day, & may make you feel famished, even if you just ate (ahem). More seasoning ideas:
Herbes de Provence (thyme, savory, rosemary, marjoram, & sometimes fennel seeds & lavender).
Lemon Zest, Garlic, Black Pepper
Basil, Oregano, Garlic
Since we are drying the salt, it should keep for quite some time, but I would advise the recipient to use it up within a year. You can make this gift even more special by adding a salt cellar or small dish for easy salt access while cooking. This maple pinch bowl would look great next to the stove, I saw quite a few small dishes at World Market, or this may be the perfect excuse to purchase a petite Les Crueset cocotte for someone. If you would prefer to give 100% handmade, check out the Design*Sponge D.I.Y. salt cellars made from oyster shells and gold leaf, they are absolutely stunning!