Sunday, December 1, 2013

Using herbs, flowers and fruit for flavored sugars and salts

Sunday, December 1, 2013

You can flavor sugar and salt with homegrown herbs, fruits, and flowers from the garden.  It is simple and fun.  Let your tastebuds and creativity run wild.

Some ideas for flavored sugars:
Kumquat (the rind is sweet and citrusy)
Rose hips or petals (gives off a beautiful fragrance in tea)

Dry your ingredients first.  For citrus peels, rose hips, or rose petals, I let dry in the pantry on a paper towel.  For berries, I would dry in a dehydrator.  Herbs I put loosely in a paper bag with the stems upright to dry.  After they are dry, you can use a coffee grinder to grind to a fine powder, crush the herbs by hand, or for larger pieces, leave whole and mix 50/50 with organic sugar.

For salt, you use fine sea salt to use out of a shaker or coarse sea salt to use in a grinder.  
Ideas for flavored salt:
Hot peppers

My favorite steak and grilled veggie seasoning recipe:
5/8 cup coarse sea salt
2 tablespoons small hot peppers
2 tablespoons juniper berries
4 bay leaves
1 tablespoon rosemary
2 sticks of cinnamon or turmeric
1 1/2 tablespoons sage

This is great on anything you grill!

You can easily make pretty gifts for others using herbs and flowers from the garden in pretty containers.

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