|Written by Ponder|
Intro: Tired of using the same old salt at every meal? Why not try making your own flavored salts. Very little preparation is needed to make some wonderful flavored salts so give it a try.
Coarse salt or
One chili pepper
Scented geraniums or
Other edible flowers
1/4 teaspoon truffle oil
Storage containers or
Coffee grinder used for grinding spices only
Step 1: Combine 1 cup coarse or sea salt with one chopped chili pepper. Can be used on chicken, beef or pork steaks, fish and goes great on tacos. Also great for TexMex or Mexican dishes.
Step 2: Grind the star anise in the coffee grinder (used only for grinding spices and not coffee beans) then add 1 cup sea salt. Star anise has a licorice flavor and goes well with melons: such as watermelon, cantaloupe and honeydew melon. Try sprinkling some on grapefruit for an unusual twist of flavor.
Step 3: Since fresh flowers are used, you should throw away any unused salt due to the risk of mold forming in the salt. Place fresh flowers in the bottom of a container or jar and place 1/8 to 1/4 cup sea salt over the flowers and refrigerate overnight. This salt can be used on pastas, grilled fish and steamed vegetables and gives a wonderful floral flavor to fresh green salads.
Step 4: To make truffle salt: mix 1/4 teaspoon truffle oil with 1/4 teaspoon salt and mix with fingertips till salt is coated with the oil. Great on avocados, steamed vegetables and baked fish.
Warnings: When using fresh ingredients, make sure to store unused portions in the refrigerator to prevent spoilage.