Essential oil infused sea salt blends with herbs and spices are an easy and fun way to make day to day cooking feel gourmet. But they’re also a perfect gift idea for the food lovers on your holiday list.
If you’re from the Finger Lakes region, there’s a very good chance that you visited Taste. At Taste, we were committed to local and ethical sourcing of our goods. But we were passionate about introducing our treasured customers to unique foods and flavors.
One of the most beloved and attended tasting events we hosted was called Salt.
Hundreds would come through our door when we hosting a salt tasting. They were curious because they couldn’t figure out how a salt tasting would be delivered. Who doesn’t know what that tastes like, right?
Imagine their surprise when they would walk in the door and find a selection of more than 20 carefully chosen salts. Each harvested with care and having unique tastes and textures. I’d also feature some of our specialty salts that I made with care using our own homegrown herbs, local wines, craft beers and ciders. I even made coffee infused salt and home smoked salts to sample. I still have people mention how much they learned and enjoyed it years later!
Here Come The Holidays
I have to admit that up until now I was a little lost for ideas on how to approach the 2020 holiday season this year on the blog. Let’s get real, this is going to be something we’ve never experienced before.
When I feel this way I tend to go for simple, homemade and delicious gifts from the heart. This year is the PERFECT year to go back to basics! Keep everything close to home, as we’re simplifying, slowing and seeking comfort among the chaos.
Food Always Makes A Perfect Gift
The first thing that popped into my head was salt. Everyone is doing more cooking at home, and I need to be honest with you…
The salts and seasoning salts you’re buying in the store are not the best. You sacrifice taste and ethical sourcing for convenience and price. The good news is that you can easily make your own. Simply use fresh or dried herbs, high quality salt, and culinary essential oils that are safe for ingestion.
Please bear in mind that I only recommend Young Living essential oils from the Vitality line. The reason for this is safety, quality and sustainability. Other essential oil producers claim to source from partner farms with exceptional quality. Yet they only show a map with the country they come from. I want to know the farm, where it is, who the people are, go visit, the works. Sorry, all the dodgy marketing in the world isn’t going to win over this girl. I designed marketing campaigns like that for over 20 years! I know all the tricks! If you want to chat more about it, just drop me an email.
So back to the salt recipes. Besides the oils, herbs, spices and so on, you’ll also need a very high quality salt. Maldon, Jacobson, San Francisco Salt Co, and Salt Works all have excellent sea salt. You’ll want to chose a fine grain or medium grain salt. I have created them to be made easily for giving and using. Not everyone has a salt grinder, so make a gift you know that will be used and enjoyed as is.
I’m using my Chili Lime infused salt as the featured recipe. I have a surplus of chili peppers this year, so I’ll be giving a LOT of chili lime salt!
The base recipe to follow is 1 cup salt, 1 tsp dried herbs and 5 drops of Vitality essential oil. Besides the Chili Lime other ideas are:
- 1 drop Lavender, 2 drops rosemary and 2 drops tarragon
- 1 drop each of Thyme, Basil, Rosemary, Oregano, Mountain Savory, Marjoram, and Tarragon. This makes for a delicious twist on the traditional Herbs de Provence
- 4 drops lemongrass and 1 drop ginger
Use your imagination and have fun!
When you finish making all your delicious salt creations, pack them up in interesting glass jars and enjoy the giving!
I hope you’ll try some of these essential oil infused sea salt recipes at home, and for giving. And if you’d like some ideas for stocking your kitchen with young living vitality oils, just send me a quick email and I will help you customize an order that will fill your kitchen with health and great taste.