December 18, 2011

How to Holidays: Rosemary Salt

Posted by Kristin

Well ladies and gents, we've officially got seven more whole days until the big day, so here's a quick gift idea that tastes as good as it looks: Rosemary Salt.  I first saw the idea of spice mixes as gifts on Pinterest and researched recipes for rosemary salt on a few different websites. The easy part is that there are only two ingredients. Yup, you guessed it: rosemary and salt.  Rosemary salt can be used in a number of different ways, but some of my favorites include using it as a rub on a roast (like pork tenderloin- yum!), grilled chicken or steak, and grilled veggies. This recipe makes enough to fill 3 small jelly jars.

To start, get some sea salt and make sure its in larger granuales, which it usually is. Then grab a handful of fresh or dried rosemary, preferably still on the stalk. If its already dried in a spice jar, thats fine too, it just won't be quite as fragrant and fresh.

All you need: Rosemary, sea salt, and a handy food processor (or a knife and cutting board).

Next, strip the rosemary leaves off the stalks by running your fingers down the stalk in the opposite direction that the leaves grew.  Throw the rosemary in a food processor and grind until its a fairly fine texture. If you don't have a food processor you can chop the rosemary by hand until its fairly fine. Watch out if the rosemary is dry. It flies everywhere when you chop it by hand! I used about 1/3 of a cup of fresh rosemary.

Then, add about 2/3 of a cup of sea salt to the blender. Blend util both the rosemary and salt are mixed thoroughly and the texture of the sea salt has been reduced into smaller granuales. The salt should still be fairly course thogh, not fine like table salt.

Ready to blend.

The final product.

I decided to use some small jelly jars I had for containers and to make some special labels for the tops. After all, accessories make an outfit, right? I printed a brief description of how to use the rosemary salt on some tan craft paper, trimming the edges so they fit in the round cover. Then, for an extra punch of color, I traced a round circle of red craft paper to go behind the typed label and glued the typed label to it.

Make sure you round the edges on the typed label so it fits snugly in the metal ring.

Finally, I poured the rosemary salt in the jar, inserted the label into the metal ring, popped the round metal disk behind the label, and screwed it on tight.  Enjoy!

A nice little gift ready to go!

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