Spice it up a bit! Or none at all if you’re a fan of salt (because salt is the opposite of spicy). When you hear salt, you might assume unhealthy, fattening or too much equals no good. Salt can and is good for you. All in moderation, of course.

Making flavored salts creates a space for imagination. There are several varieties of salt and several are native to countries in the least suspecting capacity. Flake salt, for example, looks like a plate and is drier than Kosher salt. Himalayan salt is pink in color and has the appearance of a small rock or pebble. Adding some flavor to salt emulates food flavor and adds enhances a dish. Here are a few ways to spice up salt without overdoing it on the salt.

1. Prepare the flavors:
Remember that all ingredients should be finely chopped or ground. If necessary, dry ingredients in the oven at a low temperature (150-200°F) or in a dehydrator. If you’re using fresh herbs, dry or dehydrate them. Herbs can even be used heated in the microwave to give it a crisp texture. Monitor the herbs in both the microwave and dehydrator. If you’ve chosen a citrus flavor, grate the orange, lime or lemon peels. Be creative - there are lots of fruits such as Persian limes or grapefruit that'll create a unique flavor. Remember to keep all the flavorings in tiny, ground pieces. Use a mortar and pestle if necessary.

2. Combine the flavors and the salt of your choice: The ratio is this: 1 teaspoon flavorings for every 1/4 cup of salt. Mix the ingredients gently. Taste (and maybe mix a little bit more). Heat in the microwave for a short while until a crisp is observed. The ingredients may look or change color. They’re blending and combining to create a new texture.

**3. Time to store: **Let the salt and flavorings sit for about a day or so in a closed and tight container. Store the new flavored salt in a small mason jar and keep in a cool area.
4. Use: The salt has been sitting for a few days and now you’re ready to use. Use on any number of items such as toast, stews, soups, bread seasonings, steamed vegetables, or whatever else you come up with!

Bonus: some cool salt flavoring ideas.
Citrus-Dill-Thyme Salt: 1/4 cup salt + 1/2 teaspoon dried lime zest + 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme

Lavender Salt: 1/4 cup salt + 1 teaspoon dried lavender buds

Turmeric-fennel Salt: ¼ cup of salt + 1 teaspoon of turmeric and salt + ½ teaspoon of ground fennel

Vanilla-Cocoa Powder-Spice Salt: 1/4 cup salt + 1/4 teaspoon of powdered cocoa + red pepper flakes

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