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Friday, November 22, 2013

Flavored Sea Salts {DIY}

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I hate to tell you this, but there is just over a month left until Christmas.  The time has come to to make a plan.   Will you brave the Black Friday madness or shop like mad from the comfort of your own home on Cyber Monday?  Maybe you've already been picking up little gifts here and there.  Maybe you're way ahead of me and your shopping is already done.  If so, you have my admiration.  I, however, am still trying to shake off the holiday denial.  Why does it always come so fast!?

Now, as much as I love to shop, I also love making gifts from my kitchen.  Last year it was homemade extracts and all-in-one beer bread kits.  This  year it's homemade liqueurs and do-it-yourself flavored sea salt.  Next year I'm thinking do-it-yourself flavored sugars, lip balms, and sugar scrubs.

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Something about giving gifts that you put together by hand feels extra special.  And while you could just throw your homemade "products" into any old container - packaging is everything when it comes to first impressions.  That is one reason that I love Freund Container.  They have so many awesome jars, bottles, vials, tubes, cans, and (lip balm) pots.  Every single time I browse the website, ideas for starting my own little stand at the farmer's market run rampant through my head!

For instance, say that I made these flavored sea salts and then lovingly packaged them into a zippered baggie and labeled it with a marker.  Very thoughtful.  Sometimes, very necessary.  But not very pretty.  Now, say that I found some amazing little round glass jars with cork lids and their own little spoon.  And say that I put the same salt in there that I put into the baggie.  With a simple strand of rafia...maybe a bead or a bell...and you've got a package that not only has magical things inside - it's pretty darn gorgeous.  Which one do you think your eyes would naturally gravitate towards?
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Here's what I put inside of those little jars that I fell head-over-heels for...

Flavored Sea Salt {DIY}
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I use Light Grey Celtic Sea Salt in all of these flavored salts.  Each batch makes enough to fill approximately an 8-ounce jar (give or take).

Lavender Sea Salt
3/4 cup sea salt
1/4 cup dried lavender buds

Place the dried lavender buds into a mini food processor and pulse until it breaks down as much as you can get it; some of it will still be fairly big, some of it will be powder.  Add the salt and pulse again until everything is well-combined, and the larger lavender buds have broken down a bit more.  Transfer to a jar with a lid.

when to use it: In recipes in place of the called for salt, or as a finishing salt.  From savory dishes (chicken, fish, veggies, stews) to sweets (shortbread, brownies, cake, chocolate, cookies, ice cream), it's uses are only limited by your imagination.
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Porcini Sea Salt
3/4 cup sea salt
1 ounce dried Porcini mushrooms

Grind the Porcini mushrooms to as fine a powder as you can in a mini food processor.  Add salt and whiz a few times until they are well combined.  Transfer to a jar with a lid.

when to use it: In recipes in place of the called for salt, or as a finishing salt.  Great emphasis in mushroom dishes, hearty stews, on meat, or anywhere else that you want that deep, earthy scent of Porcinis to permeate; great with chicken, turkey, beef, pork, vegetables, hearty grains.
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Southwestern Sea Salt
3/4 cup sea salt
2 tablespoons dried, ground Hatch chiles
1 tablespoon honey granules (granulated honey)
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon roasted, ground coriander
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon chipotle chile powder
pinch ground cayenne
pinch ground cinnamon

Place everything into a mini food processor and pulse until all of the spices are evenly distributed throughout the salt.  Transfer to a jar with a lid.

when to use it: In recipes in place of the called for salt, or as a finishing salt. Season your chicken, chops, fries, freshly fried tortilla chips, veggies, or anything else savory that you can get your hands on with this blend; it has a pleasant heat to it.
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Bacon Sea Salt
1/2 cup sea salt
2 ounces cooked bacon
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika

Tear the bacon into large pieces and put into a mini food processor; process until you have very small crumbs.  Add the salt and the smoked paprika; pulse until everything is well-combined.  Transfer to a jar with a lid.

Since it is so salty and it is now sitting in salt, small amounts should be okay kept on the counter in a cool room for a day or two.  If it's not cool in the room, or for larger quantities, store the jar in the refrigerator.

when to use it: In recipes in place of the called for salt, or as a finishing salt. Use it on your eggs or potatoes in the morning.  Add a pinch to your pancake or waffle batter.  Season your chicken, pork, or veggies with a hit of this slightly smoky salt.  I say top a chocolate truffle with it for a bit of fun.
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I'm extremely happy with myself for the decision to make flavored sea salts as gifts this year.  And I've only just begun.  I have some more on deck: citrus, herb, jalapeño, matcha, vanilla, and so many more.  What flavors would you like to see?

Today I'm teaming up with Freund Container and 8 of my food blogging friends for a Handcrafted Holidays event, in which we each share different ideas for making gifts from your kitchen and pairing them one of Freund's many, MANY containers.  Please check these awesome ideas, and then enter for your chance to win 1 of 3 Freund Container gift certificates (valued at $100 each) below!
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Handcrafted Holiday ideas for making gifts from your kitchen using products from Freund Container:

Now it's your turn.  Freund Container has offered 3 of our readers $100 gift certificates to purchase their own bottles, jars, tins, boxes, containers, or whatever you can find for making your own #HandcraftedHoliday gifts!

To enter: (mandatory) Answer this question in the comments on this post - Which Freund product would you choose, and what type of handcrafted holiday project would you make? Be sure to record your answer in the rafflecopter widget after you've left your comment.

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This giveaway is for three $100 gift certificate to Freund Container & Supply. Gift certificate will expire on February 28, 2014. Gift certificate is a one-time use certificate and must be used in its entirety; any leftover monies on the gift certificate will be forfeited. This giveaway is open to both US and Canadian residents. However, it should be noted that due to current International shipping rates, any Canadian winners will pay higher shipping costs for orders. This giveaway will run from Friday November 22, 2013 through Saturday November 30, 2013 (11:59 pm ET).  Winner will be notified within 48 hours of the close of this contest, and given 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen.

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I was not compensated for this post, however Freund Container supplied me with a case of jars/bottles for making this project.  They are also supplying the gift certificates for the giveaway.  All opinions are my own.