Monday, December 8, 2008

Day 8, 25 Days of Christmas Tips

8) Homemade Seasoned Salt
I saw this idea on Rachael Ray and thought it was a great idea for a small, inexpensive homemade gift. I try to have a handful of these types of things on hand for those last-minute gift needs (hostess gifts, unexpected guests, etc.).
Basically just add one tablespoon of any spice (paprika, smoked paprika, garlic-herb seasoning, cayenne pepper, chili powder, etc.) or a total of one tablespoon of combined spices to one cup of kosher salt. You can also used dried herbs like chives, cilantro, basil, parsley, etc. at a ratio of two tablespoons of herbs to one cup of kosher salt.
Stir the mixture to combine, and package it in a plastic bag, a cute jar, a small bowl, label it with what type of salt you made, then add a gift tag. I made one for you to use if interested.

Let me know if you try this. I'd love to hear your ideas for combinations.

[You can also do the same with sugars, mixing them with nutmeg, cinnamon, a vanilla bean, or any other yummy comination. You could include a note saying that it would be good sprinkled on toast, yogurt, oatmeal, or in cider or tea.]

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