Thursday, May 26, 2016

GOOD TASTE: Italian Herb Salt

It’s that time of year. Time for the garden to start making it’s way to the table. My herb plants are way ahead of the vegetables and I don’t want to waste them so I’m going to start preserving them. One of the easiest ways is to make spice blends.

Italian Herb Salt freshly ground

Italian Herb Salt Fresh Herbs with HomemadeStart with herbs freshly picked from your garden. The aroma is amazing. I picked basil, thyme, oregano and rosemary.

Italian Herb Salt Garden HerbsGive them a good washing.

Italian Herb Salt Herb GardenAnd then dry them.

Italian Herb Salt Freshly Picked BasilPick off the leaves and discard stems and any flowers. You can air dry them for a few days or speed up the process by putting them in the oven. Heat your oven to 350 degrees and then turn it off. Place your herbs on a cookie sheets and place in the oven for 10 – 20 minutes.

Italian Herb Salt Himalayan PinkOnce your herbs are dried out, mix with kosher salt or sea salt. I also added some Himalayan Pink Salt to make things even more interesting. Himalayan Pink Salt is considered one of the purest salts around.

Italian Herb Salt PeppercornsAdd a dash of flavor with fresh pepper and pulse the mixture in a food processor.

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Italian Herb Salt
Preserve your fresh garden herbs with this versatile Italian Herb Salt.
  • 1/2 cup Kosher or Sea Salt
  • 1 cup Fresh Basil
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Thyme
  • 1/8 cup Fresh Oregano
  • 1/8 cup Fresh Rosemary
  • 1 Tablespoon Pepper Corns
Wash and dry the freshly picked herbs. Pick leaves and discard stems and flowers. Place on a cookie sheet and place in warm oven for 10 - 20 minutes or until herbs are dry. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender and pulse until the herbs are finely chopped. Place in an airtight jar. The salt preserves the herbs.
Prep time: Cook time: Total time: Yield: 1 cup

Italian Herb Salt from Garden to tableFresh herb blends are so much more flavorful than store bought versions. Even if you don’t have an herb garden, you can purchase fresh herbs and make batches of herb blends to use throughout the year. Store them in airtight containers and use them as gifts.

Italian Herb Salt Tuscany Salt
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  1. Great little recipe Carolyn. Thanks for sharing. How do you like The Recipe Whiz? Looking good.

  2. All the contents you mentioned in post is too good and can be very useful. I will keep it in mind, thanks for sharing the information

  3. It is an awesome idea to mix so many herbs with the salt. I usually mix it with honey garlic - a herb widely spread in Sicily and Eastern Europe.

  4. This is nice in a tossed salad, over roast vegetables, in a marinade, or to generously coat your roasts or chicken for a delicious, natural burst of flavor.


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