Last year I was inspired by Heidi Swanson’s post to make my own citrus salts. The process is such a no-brainer, drop-dead easy one! Heidi offers suggestions on how to most enjoy these salts as “finishing” salts on things like avocado slices.
I was inspired. It took me a whole year to work on the inspiration, though. Hope it doesn’t take you that long. You really don’t want to miss out on all this salty goodness for a full year.
Be adventuresome and experiment with different sorts of citrus: lemons, limes, tangerines, and your usual garden variety orange. Whatever variety you use, go for organic to avoid the many chemicals found on most commercial citrus peels.
Use a good sea salt, one that you find to be a fine finishing salt just as it stands. Add the citrus zest and you really have a winner.
There has been some question about how to keep the citrus salt from clumping. Mine has not clumped. I believe there are two important keys here:
If you still have clumping problems, add a cracker to your storage container to absorb the moisture.
Depending on the size of your salt flakes, you may need to punch larger holes in your salt shaker. Personally, I like the citrus salt in a small jar where I can reach in and get a pinch — it is part of the total experience for me. Please be free to build your own experience. 🙂
Your citrus salt needs to be dried out before it gets to the jar, however. Here are some drying suggestions:
Sprinkle citrus salts on salads, roasted or steamed veggies, casseroles, bean and rice dishes, popcorn, homemade crackers, fresh tomato slices, and crunchy cucumbers from the garden. I’m sure you have a hundred other suggestions!
Here are three methods to preserve your lemons with salt!
Pink lemonade (plus an important discussion on “brown lemonade”)
Pickled orange and onion in a vinegar base, a great addition to salads!
The world’s best homemade lemonade with a secret ingredient, in the big reveal from the “Half Pint Hacks”
A refreshing and simple citrus soda mix, ready for your seltzer
Capture the brightness of citrus in these handy flavor extracts
Dried orange slices — More than just decorations or additions to your potpourri
And you wondered what to do with all that orange peel … perfect gifts!