Salt is one of the most important seasonings in a kitchen, but subtlety is always key . Invest in a beautiful fleur du sel or in Maldon’s salt flakes and you’ll be in the front row in terms of salt. But you can reach the highest stage by putting the ultimate combination of flavors together in a salt pot. How? Make your own salt mix with your favorite seasonings.
Your dish achieves instant happiness.
What is a salt mix?
Very simple: a salt mix is salt mixed with extra flavors such as herbs, vegetables, fruit, spices, citrus fruits, cheese or pepper. In fact, anything is possible. You can simply divide salt mixes into single and multiple salt mixes, with the choice between 1 seasoning or a complex combination of several seasonings. More on this later.
A little warning : once you’ve started, you can’t stop. These salt mixes are great fun to think up, then make and of course use in your dishes – this editor is still mixing as we speak …
How do you make your own salt mix?
Like many nice things in life, it seems very difficult to make a salt mix, but it really isn’t. All you really need is time. And salt. And tastemakers. So beeped.
To steer everything in the right direction, here’s a small step-by-step plan:
- Preheat the oven to 90 degrees.
- Clean and dry the herbs and other seasonings you want to use. Cut any large pieces smaller.
- Place the seasonings well apart on a baking tray and leave to dry in the oven for a few hours.
- Once they are completely dry*, take them out of the oven and let them cool.
- Place in a food chopper or chop completely fine and mix with the salt.
- Scoop into a jar and voilà you have your own salt mix.
*Tip : make sure it dries out well, then the salt will keep for a long time.
Salt mixes with 1 flavor (single)
This salt mix is a nice beginner, where you choose 1 flavor that you mix with the salt. Because salt actually has a very general taste, there are no real tips for that. Our advice: choose that one flavor that will make your heart beat faster.
In the herbs category you can use all variants, such as basil, thyme, but also verbena, rose petals or lavender. Garlic, lemon leaf, chili flakes, ginger or dried mushrooms, all (dried) super delicious. Finally, you can also opt for spices such as smoked paprika, curry, cinnamon, star anise or cumin. Of course you don’t have to dry the latter anymore.
Complex flavor mixes (multiple)
This complex variant is actually not very complex, but do think about what a tasty combination is in advance. The possibilities are endless, which is why we have made a list with a number of salt mixes for inspiration. Choose what you like or make your own crazy combo.
Important : all ingredients must therefore be dried!
- Mexican mix: cajun spices, smoked paprika, dried fresh coriander.
- Caprese mix: sun-dried tomato, basil and garlic.
- Italian mix: dried fresh oregano, Parmesan and garlic.
- Popcorn mix: cinnamon & caramel granules
- Popcorn mix savory: bacon and Parmesan. Thecookierookie.com has a brilliant recipe for that.
- Curry mix: cumin seeds, curry and red pepper
- Chili mix: chili flakes, black pepper and garlic
- Roast mix: dried fresh thyme and rosemary, garlic and black pepper
- Thai mix: lemongrass, red pepper, ginger and dried fresh coriander
- Mushroom mix: dried cepes, morels and thyme
- French mix: lavender, sun-dried tomato, thyme, capers and garlic
- Couscous mix: smoked paprika, dried parsley, dried onions
- Umami mix: sesame, seaweed and garlic
- Citrus mix: lime, orange and oregano
- Fish mix: lemon, dill and garlic
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