Although most of the gifts that I give are store-bought, I do love making some of the presents I give. Over the years these gifts have included numerous food and beverage items: cookies, fudge, bread, infused vodka. This year I decided to try my hand at something new: infused salt.
One of my best friends loves the combination of sweet and salty, such as chips and soda. When going out for munchies, she has been known to request some tortilla chips after an especially sweet dessert. Over time I have come to appreciate the way in which these two opposites make such a fine combination.
I made two different salts for her, Sun-Dried Tomato Salt and Citrus Salt. The Citrus Salt had a delightfully strong aroma of fruit and would provide extra flavor in a Caribbean inspired chicken dish. I also thought it would work well as an accoutrement for a margarita glass. For the perfect sweet-salty combination, I would recommend mixing an even amount of the salt with sugar to rim the glass.
- 1/2 cup kosher salt
- zest of 1 lemon
- zest of 1 lime
- zest of 1 orange
- Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
- To get the most flavor, massage the ingredients with your fingertips to help the zest release its essence.
- Spread in a thin layer on a plate and allow to sit for 12-24 hours in order to dry thoroughly.
- Store in an airtight container.