Call me crazy, but I’ve decided that this year is the year of handmade gifts. I’m doing culinary gifts, body care gifts, and possibly even a few others that I haven’t quite ironed out yet. I’m excited to share ALL of them with you as I complete them, and today will be the first one of the bunch.
Before we get started, I have to give credit where credit is due. I decided to try this homemade garlic herb salt concoction after listening to a Splendid Table episode that featured one of the Tuscan variety. While today I’ll feature some of the herbs Sally Schneider shares in her recipe, the personalization of this herb salt is as endless as the spices in your fridge or in your garden. You can really run wild with the possibilities.
The most fascinating thing about this herb salt concoction is the proportions. I know, it already doesn’t sound that fascinating. But seriously, you really don’t use a lot of salt when making this salt. You use a ton of garlic and as much as three times as many fresh herbs as salt in whatever amount you choose to make. You pack loads of flavor into this mixture without relying on the salt too terribly much — great if you’re watching your salt intake or trying to add more herbs and spices into your diet.
If you don’t often listen to Splendid Table (which you definitely should check out!), one of the things I love about it is that the guests (and the host) often promote what I like to call intuitive cooking. They encourage people to add ingredients to taste, a little of this, a little of that, using rough estimates and finding the right combination on your own. I find that style of cooking extremely empowering. It’s always been the way I’ve cooked (and the way my mom does), and making these herb salts was a pretty similar experience. I just tried to stick to the 3 to 1 proportion.
For those who really need a recipe though, there’s a great one right on the Splendid Table episode page. (linked under the video)