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Roselle / Rosa de Jamaica / Hibiscus Salt

One of the most amazing things we have the joy to have here in Guate is Roselle (Hibiscus Flowers, Rosa de Jamaica) and it’s flavor is a trade mark in Guatemalan cooking. A few days ago I was making a fresh batch of Roselle Syrup, and while I waited patiently by the stove, I was looking for recipes to that used Roselle as part of their ingredients. But what if the Roselle could be something other than an ingredient but a seasoning? After browsing around I found that Hibiscus Salt can go for up to $20 on Amazon! Can you believe that? It’s crazy! There has to be a better way to get it, and this Hibiscus Salt recipe is the answer!

This is the perfect seasoning for Salads. You know the quick lunch salads that you just drizzle olive oil and balsamic vinegar on top? Just sprinkle this on top and your salad will get an entirely new twist. This salt is good just as is to sprinkle on fruit or veggies. Try it with Avocado! So many uses… And the color, oh so girly! This salt became (after just two days) a favorite! Make sure you try it too!

Salt can get extremely humid, so I used the Vanilla Salt I had made before and just mixed it with the ground dried roselle flowers. If you are using regular sea salt, make sure to follow the directions on the Vanilla Salt recipe so you can dry it out to avoid clumps.

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Vanilla Salt

Another wonderful discovery in the seasoning section for me was Vanilla Salt. I bumped into this recipe over at Pinterest. It caught my eye and I have to say it’s unique, incredibly easy to make and adds a wonderfully exotic flavor to dishes, both to sweet and savory ones.

Vanilla Salt is the least known of out seasoning suggestions, but do not think less of this versatile goodie. Salt is a magnifying glass for every dish, it enhances the flavors that are already there. As mentioned above, this salt can be used in both sweet and savory food: Salt Caramel Candies (we want to try a recipe around the Salted Caramel arena… any suggestions?), make better Buttercream Frostings (our two favorites are Roselle Buttercream Frosting and Roasted Strawberry-Balsamic Swiss Buttercream) or sprinkle a bit on Chocolate Chip Cookies before baking. Add a pinch of Vanilla Salt on Roasted Vegetables, Seafood (specially Lobster) or even vegetable soups such as Tomato Soup or Carrot Soup. You can also just replace the regular salt on any baked good.

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Spice Seasoned Salt

This Spice Seasoned Salt will be the favorite for the grilling fans: you can sprinkle this blend over steaks, burgers, tuna, chicken or pork before grilling. Because of the combination of the paprika and cayenne, it can seem a bit hot, but trust me – it’s not. This little paprika and cayenne is just enough to amplify the other flavors of this salt: cumin and coriander.

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Spice Seasoned Salt

Recipe adapted from My Recipes
Yield: 16 servings (serving size: about 3/4 teaspoon)

Ingredients:

8 teaspoons kosher salt
½ teaspoon cayenne chile powder
1 teaspoon of paprika
4 teaspoon ground cumin
2 teaspoon ground coriander
½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven at 200ºF and line cookie baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. Stir all the ingredients and the salt together, spread across a parchment lined baking sheet.
  3. Bake for about 20 minutes or until it’s completely dried out.
  4. Take out of the oven and allow the salt to cool a bit.
  5. If needed, you can pulse the salt a few times in a food processor.

Notes:

  • Salts keep in an air-tight jar for a couple of months.

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Rosemary & Lavender Salt

Sometimes with Helga we go a little flavor crazy, proof of that is are the Lavender Vanilla Cookies and some other recipes that we’ve tried but didn’t quite made it to the blog. After getting some dried Rosemary, I wanted to make a composed salt that I could use for different things, and these two flavors are the perfect match with both the orange and the lime zest.

You can use this salt to flavor poultry, meat or fish before roasting or grilling. You can also toss with homemade croutons, stir into stews or use to season cooked vegetables and pizzas. Best so far: tomatoes and spinach seasoned with the salt and ground pepper.

Now, for the grinding process, I used my coffee grinder but I cleaned it first. Since it’s an electrical appliance, it’s not something that you’ll just wash or use as is. So take a slice of bread, cut it up in a few pieces and place them in the grinder. Pulse a few times and wipe clean. If there’s still coffee in it, repeat it once more and it should work! Also, remember to do so after grinding your herbs & spices – You don’t want Rosemary coffee now, do you?

The seasoned salt can be stored in an airtight container for up to 1 year.

Rosemary & Lavender Salt

Rosemary and Lavender Salt

Recipe By: The Foodies’ Kitchen
Makes ¾ cup

Ingredients:
½ cup kosher salt
2 teaspoons dried rosemary
1 teaspoons dried lavender
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange zest

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 250°. Spread the finely grated lemon and orange zest on a medium rimmed baking sheet. Bake the lemon zest for 15 minutes, or until completely dry, stirring halfway through baking. Let cool slightly.
  2. While the orange zest is drying, grind the rosemary and lavender with a pestle or pulse until very coarsely crushed.
  3. Add the dried orange and lemon zest to the rosemary and lavender mix and a few tablespoons of salt and pulse a few times so it becomes a uniform mix.
  4. Mix the flavored salt with the rest of the salt and transfer to an airtight container.
  5. Let the flavored salt stand overnight before using.

Rosemary & Lavender Salt

Rosemary & Lavender Salt

Rosemary & Lavender Salt

Rosemary & Lavender Salt

Rosemary & Lavender Salt