You've certainly seen the gourmet finishing salts available in our markets and online? EXPENSIVE! DIY Finishing Salts make perfect edible gifts for the gourmet cook in your life! Citrus, Mushroom, and Dill DIY Finishing Salts are 3 of my favorites, and I've brought you DIY instructions and ideas for their use ...
You just want to do a simple meal on the grill? A piece of poultry, fish, or meat, and some grilled veg? When there's no time for a marinade, you can boost the flavor with a finishing salt!
Finishing salts require only a couple of easy-to-find ingredients, and a few inactive hours to make. The active time varies by ingredient. Photo above from left to right: Citrus Finishing Salt (about 15 minutes active), Mushroom Finishing Salt (about 10 minutes active), and Dill Finishing Salt (about 5 minutes active).
Once upon a time... salt was just that. Salt. It came in a cylindrical blue and white container, and we poured it into a
dreary salt "shaker." I don't even own a salt shaker anymore, much less a salt and pepper shaker set. 😆
The evolution was gradual... I started with coarse sea salt in a salt grinder beside my pepper grinder. Pretty soon, a pinch bowl of fine sea salt joined them on the counter. Then it was all over!!!
I started seeing specialty salts everywhere I went - red Hawaiian, alderwood smoked, Himalayan pink, fleur de sel, flake salt - so many options. Before I knew it, those lovely salts were incorporated into finishing salt blends. Wow! So, I guess I've developed something of a salt addiction, and my addiction has spread to friends and family as well...
These fine quality finishing salts make a perfect edible gift for anyone on your list, but especially for the gourmet cook in your life! They're so inexpensive to make, you'll want to make them all...
What is a Finishing Salt?
Finishing salts are unrefined, all-natural flavor enhancers that add texture and depth to your food. A good finishing salt goes on your food rather than in your food.
How to Use DIY Finishing Salts?
So, once you make one
or three of these finishing salts, how do you use them? At first glance, the Citrus Finishing Salt pairs beautifully with fish and shellfish, the Mushroom Finishing salt complements beef (great on a grilled steak or burger), and the Dill Finishing Salt enhances fresh grilled asparagus and steamed English peas.
Why is Salt So Important?
In every recipe/post, I try to emphasize the importance of tasting and seasoning your food. Salt highlights flavors, suppresses bitterness, and enhances umami, sour, and sweet flavors.
What Kind of Salt Should I Use?
My choice for DIY finishing salts is flake sea salt. The irregularly shaped and sized flakes provide a bit of crunch and a burst of flavor that is quite appealing. It is perfect for making a finishing salt.
How to Make Finishing Salts
Making DIY Finishing Salts is just a matter of thoroughly drying the ingredient and then combining with the flake salt. Time varies accoring to ingredient. For example: Dill dries more quickly than mushrooms.
Once you've got the technique down (which is basically drying an ingredient that goes well with salt and getting it to an appropriate size), be creative. You can substitute your favorite fresh herb for the dill, combine whichever citrus fruits you'd prefer in the citrus, substitute truffles (expensive!) for the mushrooms.
You can try adding Aleppo pepper (a new favorite of mine), hot chiles, your favorite spices. Be creative!
I hope this post has inspired you to add a few finishing salts to your pantry. I found the cute and practical cork-topped glass containers at my local grocers. You can also use small mason jars.
My "recipe" makes a fairly small quantity, as the flake sea salt is not cheap, and I like to do a variety (rather than 1 large batch). I use Falksalt Crystal Flakes which I find at my HEB market. You can order them on Amazon here.
Keep in mind, DIY Finishing Salts make really nice
and inexpensive edible gifts!
What do you think? Do DIY Finishing Salts appeal to you, or are they "too much like work?" Inquiring minds want to know!
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