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How to Make Homemade Herb Infused Cooking Salt Recipe (Featuring Basil)

How to Make Homemade Herb Infused Cooking Salt Recipe (Featuring Basil)

When I loved in Southern Nevada, my tough Mediterranean spices like Rosemary, Oregano, and Cilantro grew like crazy! Now that we are in Idaho, I have discovered that I can actually grow Basil! What a thrill! I've been harvesting it like crazy, making pesto, freezing it in olive oil for later use, and drying it. But I still have more and more coming every day! I wanted a way to preserve it for longer and still retain the flavor of the herbs. The solution? Homemade cooking salt (sometimes known as finishing salt)!

Herbal cooking salt is a mineral rich salt that is infused with fresh herbs. You heard that right! The juices from the fresh herbs sink into the sea salt (or Himalayan or whichever natural salt you like best), creating a wonderful herb flavored cooking experience. 

Infusing salt with herbs is not only a great culinary experience, but this salt is just gorgeous. And if you make it yourself, it's extra special. If you bottle it up in a pretty little jar, it makes a wonderful gift for the holidays or any time, too! :-) 

Here is how I made this homemade herb infused salt. Plus, I'll share two variations (wet and dry), so you can do what works best for you!

 Do you have a ton of fresh herbs growing in your garden? Like rosemary, thyme, oregano, or basil? Perhaps sage or cilantro? Well, you can use any green herb to make herbed cooking salt for a gourmet delight. This herb infused finishing salt can be used so many ways, it's gorgeous, and it makes a wonderful gift for your friends and family! Click through to see the recipe! #cookingherbs #infusedherbs #infusedsalt #herbsalt #herbalsalt #finishingsalt #salherbe #gift #homemade #homemadegift

Do you have a ton of fresh herbs growing in your garden? Like rosemary, thyme, oregano, or basil? Perhaps sage or cilantro? Well, you can use any green herb to make herbed cooking salt for a gourmet delight. This herb infused finishing salt can be used so many ways, it's gorgeous, and it makes a wonderful gift for your friends and family! Click through to see the recipe! #cookingherbs #infusedherbs #infusedsalt #herbsalt #herbalsalt #finishingsalt #salherbe #gift #homemade #homemadegift

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Recipe for Basil-Garlic Infused Salt (Herbal Salt)

If you have a lot of fresh, green herbs growing in your garden, you can make this herb salt with just about any herb you like. Try using thyme, oregano marjoram, rosemary, savory, sage, cilantro, chives, and even lavender (for Herbs de Provence). This method of creating an herbal salt will work with any lovely herb you have planted in your garden---even rose petals! 

But. I had a TON of basil. So, I'm sharing this recipe for my basil herb salt. You can use these same directions for any kind of herb you like, though. 

Ingredients for Basil Herb Salt:

About 3 cups of basil leaves, and soft stems ok. Be sure to get rid of woody stems, as they won't break down as well. 

About 1 tbsp coursely ground black pepper or 1 1/2 tbsp peppercorns, whole

About 1 tbsp garlic powder or dried garlic chips

1 cup of sea salt, Himalayan salt, or other natural mineral rich salt

Directions for Making Your Herbal Salt:

Step 1) Go out and harvest your basil (in my case) or whichever herb(s) you want to infuse in your salt. Fill a good sized colander if you can. I have three cups if I compact the herbs. 

Step 2) Rinse the herbs, and lay them out to dry for a bit, or gently dry them with a towel. You'll want most of the moisture off the leaves. 

 Gorgeous fresh basil from the garden---

Gorgeous fresh basil from the garden---

Step 3) Using a food processor or blender (I used my mini-Cuisinart hand blender with a bowl attachment), go ahead and blend your herbs into a course mash. Don't pulverize them! You want to keep the integrity of the pieces so the herb can be seen, but you need the bits small enough to release their moisture into the salt well. 

Don't have a food processor? You could use a spice grinder, or barring that, a mortar and pestle. And if you don't have those items handy, you could just use a sharp knife and chop those herbs up really well! 

NOTE: If you are using whole peppercorns or a very course grind salt, go ahead and add these bit by bit with the basil in your food processor. You'll want a finer ground salt in the end. I didn't have course salt on hand, so I just used fine sea salt. Since it was already how I wanted it, I did not blend it with the herbs. 

 Here is the chopped herb. See how it still has some small leave pieces? That's what you want. You don't want to blend it so much it creates a paste. 

Here is the chopped herb. See how it still has some small leave pieces? That's what you want. You don't want to blend it so much it creates a paste. 

Step 4) In a bowl, combine all the ingredients well.

Now, here is where the variations come in:

Variation 1) The "Wet" Herb Salt Method

Take your herb-moistened salt and place it into an airtight jar. Keep it in the refrigerator. It should last for about six months or perhaps even longer. I don't think you'll keep it that long though!

The benefits of keeping your herbed salt moist and in the refrigerator is that the full flavor of the herbs will remain in the salt for the entire time it's good. The downside of this method is that it won't last forever. Eventually, even with the preservative powers of the salt, your herbed salt will go bad. 

 Here it is "wet," with all the ingredients mixed in. You can stop right now, and put your herbed salt in a jar to go directly in the fridge....or you can take another step and go on to the "dry" method.

Here it is "wet," with all the ingredients mixed in. You can stop right now, and put your herbed salt in a jar to go directly in the fridge....or you can take another step and go on to the "dry" method.

Variation 2) The "Dry" Herb Salt Method

Get some parchment paper and place it on a cookie sheet or on a dehydrator tray. Now spread your moist herb-salt in a thinnish layer. You can leave it out to air dry for a few days, if you like. Or, you can use your dehydrator on the herb setting (about 105 degrees) for a few hours, until the herbs are completely dry. 

I would not use an oven on the lowest setting for this method, as that will most likely still be too hot. You don't want crispy herbs, right? 

The benefits of making your herbed salt this way are that you can keep it in your cupboard or on the counter top indefinitely. These make great gifts, too! What a wonderful way to preserve your herbal harvest into the Winter and Early Spring! 

The downside of using the "dry" method is that some herbs lose their flavor when they are dried. Some do not, though. You just have to know your herbs. Basil is actually one of the herbs that loses flavor in its dried form, but I don't mind, because basil has such a strong taste anyway. I find it is still wonderful dried. 

The dry method is how I like to make my herbed salt. I plan to share my herbs with family and friends at Christmas! :-) 

 Here it is, spread out to dry. I put mine in the dehydrator. It took about three hours of drying time until I felt the moisture was dehydrated out well enough to not cause spoilage.

Here it is, spread out to dry. I put mine in the dehydrator. It took about three hours of drying time until I felt the moisture was dehydrated out well enough to not cause spoilage.

 Beautiful! Salted herbs for cooking!

Beautiful! Salted herbs for cooking!

How to Use Your Herbed Salt & Final Thoughts

There are probably about a million ways to use herbed salt! Obviously, you can use it just as you would regular salt in your cooking, except your herbed salt will be MUCH more delicious! 

  • As a popcorn topping
  • As a rub for meat
  • Cooking a roast
  • Sprinkle it on your pasta
  • As a sprinkle on your corn on the cob
  • How about in your homemade bread?
  • In a delicious salad dressing

The choices are endless! :-) And did I mention these herbal infused salts make wonderful gifts for family and friends? Just find small pretty airtight jar, and there you go! Just make sure if you make the "wet" salt, that you make sure your people know it needs to stay in the fridge.

Have you ever made an herbal salt? Share your experiments in the comments! Questions welcome too. 

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Hugs, Health, and Self-Reliance,

Heidi

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 Mmm. Mmmm. Good. I love making different blends of herbed salt.

Mmm. Mmmm. Good. I love making different blends of herbed salt.

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My basil this year. Honestly, I am so grateful! I have never been able to grow basil before, and wowee! Here I am! :-) Love herbs, don't you?

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