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Foodies Basics: How much salt is enough?

Has this happened to you? You’re preparing a meal from a recipe you’re following and it’s time to add the salt. You check the recipe, but most of them will tell you to “add salt to taste”. But how much?! It’s true that everyone has different tastes and some like more salty flavors than others, but we home cooks could use a guide, right? Are we talking about a pinch of salt? Or ½ a teaspoon? It occurred to me that there must be a guideline somewhere.


How much Salt is enough?

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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.


Roselle Salt

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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.


Vanilla Salt

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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.


Spice Seasoned Salt

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


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


  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.


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