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Kitchen Hack: Super easy 10 minute "canned" flavored salt

Use this simple and quick tactic to spice up your life, or to make an easy homemade gift . I have seen other blogs that first dehydrate the herbs before adding the salt, but this is not necessary, and it decreases flavor.  Salt does a great job of dehydration all by itself and locks in flavor and aroma.

 

 

Flavored salts: lime, hot chili pepper, and rosemary
Flavored salts: lime, hot chili pepper, and rosemary

I will show you three easy flavored salts, lime, hot chili pepper, and rosemary, but you could use any strong or distinctively flavored herb, spice, or fruit.  One can also flavor salt by smoking it. Some folks even dehydrate wine to make a wine salt, but I don't want to go to that much effort today - you may feel differently if wine is your thing.

 

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Ingredients:

Canning jars - I would suggest 4 ounce jars for making quick presents, but I am demonstrating with 8 ounce jars because that is what I had on hand.

Herb, or fruit of your choice

Salt - I used fine canning salt because it has no additives and is readily available, but coarse salt makes a very nice presentation. Just remember that fine salt is about twice as dense as coarse salt, so one would need to use about twice as much herb or fruit if using fine salt.

 

Instructions:

Herbs

Thyme - ends bend easily
Rosemary - bends easily

1.  Pick your fresh herbs. You are looking for ends that bend easily, not stiff sticks. Wash herbs and dry with paper towel. 

2.  Separate leaves from stems. It is okay to include very supple stem parts, but remove any stiff stems.

Remove stiff stems
Remove stiff stems

3.  Finally chop leaves. You may use a food processor if that is easier for you, but use the pulse option so you don't over chop and turn everything mushy.  Personally, I find hand chopping easiest.

Rosemary chopped
Rosemary chopped

4.  Filling your jars: It using coarse salt, you will want to fill your jars 1/4 to 1/3 full with herbs. If using fine salt, fill your jars about 1/2 full.

5.  Fill your jar with salt up to the start of the neck area (you want room to shake the jar).

Fill your jar to neck
Fill your jar to neck

6.  Shake your jar well to evenly distribute contents.

 

Rosemary Salt
Rosemary Salt

7.  Shake jar ever other day for about two weeks. If contents shrink below the neck area, add more salt.

Variations:

Citrus

Lime zest
Lime zest

Follow above directions, but use microplane, fine grater, or zestier to remove just the outer colored area of the rind, leaving the bitter pith behind. I used the zest of 4 limes in an 8 ounce jar. 

Hot Chili Pepper

Habaneros (very hot chili)
Habaneros (very hot chili)

First choose a truly HOT pepper, something hotter than a jalapeƱo.  If you are adding 1/2 teaspoon salt to a recipe you will need a very hot pepper to be able to taste anything. I used 5 Habaneros (very hot chili) in an 8 ounce jar (it was not quite 1/2 full - using fine salt). I used disposable gloves to protect myself. I did remove the seeds, but I would not have removed the seeds if I was working with a chili that was not quite as strong.

Habanero Salt
Habanero Salt

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Kitchen Hack: Super easy five minute tactic to turn any pancake or waffle recipe into gingerbread

Kitchen Hack: Super easy five minute tactic to turn any pancake or waffle recipe into gingerbread
Kitchen Hack: Super easy five minute tactic to turn any pancake or waffle recipe into gingerbread.

Why settle for ordinary? Use this simple and quick tactic that works with any pancake or waffle recipe, be it homemade, mix from a box, or gluten-free to taste just like gingerbread. Have them every week, or save them for Christmas, however you like.

Ingredients:

2-3 teaspoons ground ginger

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon allspice

1/4 teaspoon ground cloves and/or 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/4 cup molasses (unsulfured)  

 

Instructions:

turn any pancake or waffle recipe into gingerbreadAdd the above ingredients to any single batch of pancakes or waffles that uses about two cups of flour per batch. Just add these spices to the dry ingredients. Note that no sugar is added. Any sweetness will come from the syrup, but some people do eat them plain.

Taking pancakes and waffles up to an even higher plane:

  • To take your pancakes or waffles to an even higher level, add whipped cream. take your pancakes or waffles to an even higher level
  • To really hit breakfast out of the ball park, lace the whipped cream with finely minced candied ginger.

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Kitchen Hack: Super easy five minute tactic to take your ham up a notch

Kitchen Hack: Super easy three minute tactic to take your ham up a notch
Kitchen Hack: Super easy five minute tactic to take your ham up a notch.

 

Why settle for ordinary? Use this simple and quick tactic that works on any ham, be it spiral, canned, or bone-in to intensify flavor, add moisture, and presence to any ham.

  Golden acorn logo!

 

Ingredients:

Ham

Whole cloves (around 30)

(2) 8 ounce cans sliced pineapple

Toothpicks

 

Instructions:

  1. Open your cans of pineapple and reserve syrup. Arrange the pineapple over the ham somewhat evenly and secure them with toothpicks (leave them poking out so you can easily remove them).
    Arrange the pineapple and cloves over the ham somewhat evenly
    Arrange the pineapple and cloves over the ham somewhat evenly
  2. Poke the whole cloves into the ham even intervals (resist the temptation to over think this - no one will notice in the end).
    Poke the whole cloves into the ham somewhat even intervals
    Poke the whole cloves into the ham somewhat even intervals
  3. Bake ham per your package instructions.
  4. Make your glaze subsisting reserved pineapple syrup for liquid, add glaze and finish baking.
    Add glaze and finish baking.
    Add glaze and finish baking.

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