Wednesday, July 27, 2011

basil salt

Since I still have some of last year's pesto in the freezer, basil is finding its way into other things this summer. Like basil salt. Now I wonder about making this with different herbs -- rosemary, dill, lemon thyme, etc. A little concocting seems to be in order.




Basil Salt

Place 1/2 cup of coarse sea salt in a blender or food processor and give it a whirl. Then add 1 cup fresh unwashed basil leaves and whirl some more until it's finely ground up. Spread the salt blend on a cookie sheet and bake at 200 degrees for 40-60 minutes. Stir it a few times to break up the lumps. When cool, store in a glass jar.


I'd love to know if anyone has tried this with other herbs?

Also posted at Food Renegade.

14 comments:

Deb G said...

There is a recipe for celery salt at 101 Cookbooks:

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/homemade-celery-salt-recipe.html

I was going to try it with my lovage. I'm going to have to try basil too now.

I've also made this (a version of it anyway) and it works beautifully:

http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/homemade-bouillon-recipe.html

woman with wings said...

Deb, oh this is exciting -- thank you, thank you! Will go to both of these. Homemade celery salt. I could probably eat that by the spoonful!

Debi From the Pacific Northwest said...

I've never tried this (But will!) Wouldn't lemon thyme salt be wonderful!?

xx ;-) Debi

woman with wings said...

Debi, yes, I agree lemon thyme sounds great! If you make any, let me know, I want to know which ones are good!!

Tammy said...

Wow I just love all the herb experiments you do here .. gee there are so many of you with wonderful blogs I'm going to have to spend a day stopping over at everyones! Love this !!!

Cindy said...

I'm thinking if you have excess pesto you need to have a party, and invite me to eat all the pesto!

handstories said...

what a great idea! wish i could lick it!

woman with wings said...

Cindy J., how 'bout you have the party and I'll bring it!?!

woman with wings said...

Cindy, I love salt too --and basil of course!

woman with wings said...

Thank you, Tammy! I probably use herbs in some way everyday, can't imagine otherwise -- and I know how you feel, sometimes I'll just sit for hours reading all the good stuff out there!

Jo said...

(Catching up!) I'll definitely try this when I get home to Florida - I grow basil year-round there, it reseeds itself, like a constant gift!

woman with wings said...

Jo, wow, I didn't know it reseeds in FL. You lucky. I did have some holy basil (tulsi) that reseeded but never sweet basil.

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Colette Joseph said...

This is just brilliant!