This DIY finishing salt and sugar is very simple and is perfect as a gift or stocking stuffer! All you need is some coarse sea salt, fresh rosemary, sugar and vanilla beans. Check out the full video after the break.
This is one of those super simple things you can make that looks very impressive as a gift. Which is great when Christmas is coming around the corner. The first time made the salt was a couple years ago for my best friend’s parents. I thought it would be a breeze since all I need to do is blend some herbs and salt together, little did I know that I would end up with a mess and a huge amount of herb salt.
For some reason I couldn’t blend the coarse sea salt. It could’ve been the type of salt or my food processor, but I ended up with giant grains of salt and pulverized rosemary. At that time my solution was to just blend the rosemary and mix it with a bunch of fine sea salt. It worked out fine, but it didn’t have the green colouring you get from blending the herb along with the salt.
This time I bought a different brand and was armed with a new food processor. Which resulted in lovely green sea salt. Perfect to use as a finishing garnish for pasta.
One thing to note. As the salt dries out, you will lose the green colouring. I think it’s because of the chlorophyll or something. So if you’re planning to give both the sugar and salt as a gift, make the salt on the day (or the day before) you give it to someone.
The great thing about this recipe is that this works with almost any herbs. You don’t have to use rosemary, fresh thyme, oregano, lemon thyme, or other any woody herb will work.
While I was messing around, I found that you can also do a quick cheat for making this in a couple minutes. All you need is a pestle and mortar. Just chop up a teaspoon of the herb you like, mash it to a paste and then add a couple pinches of coarse sea salt. Give that a grind and you’re done. A quick simple finshing salt that looks great as a garnish.
I hope you give this a try, and leave a comment if you have any suggestions or if you tried a different herb for your recipe.
1 vanilla bean
2 cups sugar
1 cup regular sea salt
1/2 cup coarse sea salt
3/4 cup packed rosemary
For the sugar all you need to cut the bean open, scrape the seeds out and whisk it with the sugar. Place the sugar in an air tight container along with the bean husks and store it in a cool dark place for at least a week. Give it a shake every couple days to mix the flavours.
The salt is also quite simple. First give the rosemary a quick rinse and dry them with a tea towel or paper cloth. Pick out the leaves and pack them tightly into the measure cup. You want to make sure you have enough herbs so that you have enough flavour.
Pour the herbs and salt into a food processor and pulse until you get a nice green grainy texture. Pour in the regular sea salt and give that a few pulses to mix everything together. Pour it onto a flat dish and let it dry for a couple hours before putting them into an air tight container.