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Flavored finishing salts as gifts

I'm thinking of putting together little gift baskets that include homemade flavored finishing salts. What ideas do you have of combinations that I could make at home? Would you use sea salt? Kosher salt? Thanks for your ideas!

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  1. You can make them from any herb combo you like. Start out with equal parts herbs and course sea salt. Pulse in a food processor til all nice and blended til its like kosher salt texture. Add in double the amount of fine sea salt and combine well. Jar and give as lovely gifts.

    Example... half cup mixed thyme, rosemary and dried lemon zest, half cup course sea salt. Then after combining add one cup fine sea salt or kosher if you prefer.

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    1. re: suzigirl

      Thanks so much for explaining that so well! Have you ever made salt with curry powder or smoked paprika? I'm looking forward to trying it!

      1. re: bards4

        I haven't tried either but they both sound good. I can picture eating curry salt dusted boiled eggs and oven braised pork with smoked paprika salt. I tend to make the herb and citrus based salts although I am thinking of trying dried vinegar powder salt to dust on fries boiled taters and popcorn or homemade chips

    2. This is a great idea! What other herb flavors would you recomend?

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      1. re: qwerty78

        Are you asking me? I can chime in

      2. One of my favourites is rosemary, orange and lemon zest. Just zest the citrus, allow it to dry, add to salt along with dried rosemary leaves.

        I love vanilla bean salt, too. Man, I have so many recipes for finishing salt blends I don't even know where to begin!

        1. subbing! this sounds great,

          I am making homemade "nutella" and spicy mustards for gifts this yeat. I think salts would be a great addition!

          1. I have used both kosher and sea salt with good results. Last year I made lavender salt and this year will make macha salt!
            I also like to make basil salt using fresh basil (more of a summer activity): pulse coarse/kosher/sea salt in a food processor with a bunch of fresh basil leaves; spread the resulting paste out thinly on foil or parchment paper the bake in a low (~250F) oven till dry, then crush up.