It was my 7 year old inventive son who first decided he wanted to make his own flavoured salt. He brought out the mortar and passel, and started throwing together various herbs and whatever he could find from the spice draw. Surprisingly, his spontaneous, non-complicated approach seemed to work, and that's how the tradition started. We continued to use herb salt, and then we decided to make some for our extended family. They loved it so much that they ordered jars of it directly from my son whenever we got together as a family. He was so pleased with himself that he was now in business.
Since that time, we have offered jars of herb salt to our friends as a handmade gift for Christmas, as not all people can or want sweet treats. Here are some tips in making your own herb salts at home:
- Picking your salt: In terms of the salt that we use, we grind up Australian rock salt, pink salt or sea salt. There are many options to choose from, including bio-dynamic, pink lake and other boutique salts. Outlets like the Gewurtzhaus has many different types of gourmet or boutique salt that you can add to if you want to take it to another level. For us, we keep it simple and an ordinary rock salt or pink salt that you can grind yourself will do the job.
- Picking your flavours: Our classic recipe includes herbs such as home picked oregano, thyme, rosemary, marjoram, sage and sweet paprika. If you are gifting the herb salt, think of the flavours that the receiver likes to use in their cooking. However, you could use this cheat sheet for some more flavour combination inspo.
- Picking and drying your own herbs. You really have to use completely dry herbs so here are some tips on how to do it correctly here.
- Blending it all together: we use a Thermomix for really big batches that need to be done quickly, but in the beginning we used an ordinary mortar and passel, which is also good for a quick small batch that you want to use immediately.
Try your own mix with different themes, and certainly experiment. If it doesn't work out, just try again until you are happy with a mix that you like. Remember to tie a pretty ribbon around the jar, note the ingredients down on a label and you have your very own hand made gift ready to go.