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Do you like to use herbs to flavor your favorite dishes?  If so, than you’ll want to try herb salts.


So what are herb salts, you may wonder?

They are created by mixing the herb of your choice with kosher or sea salt, which is used in place of plain salt to add delicious flavor to food.

Herb salts are easy to create and make great gifts.

I’ve made several different types of herb salts in the past and recently set out to make a batch of rosemary salt.


Since I don’t have rosemary growing in my garden, I drove to my sister’s house to clip some fresh sprigs of rosemary from her garden.  (You can also use fresh rosemary from the grocery store).


You will need 3 1/3 cups of kosher salt and 1/3 cup of fresh rosemary along with a jar to store it in.

1. Rinse the rosemary sprigs in water.
2. Remove the leaves, starting from the top downward.


3. Put the rosemary and salt in your food processor and pulse until the rosemary leaves are approximately 1/8 of an inch long.
4. Place the rosemary salt onto a baking sheet and put in an oven that is heated to 200 degrees and bake for 30 minutes.
5. Let the herb salt cool and then put in jars with a lid.

That’s it!  I told you it was easy.

Rosemary tastes great on your favorite meat dish including beef, chicken or pork.  I also like to sprinkle it on the top of buttered rolls – yum!

While rosemary salt is delicious, it is just the beginning – there are other herbs that can be used to make herb salt.


Basil salt is a great flavoring for Italian dishes such as marinara sauce or sprinkled on pizza.

To learn how to make basil salt, click here.

If you love cilantro, how about a sprinkle of cilantro salt on your favorite Mexican dish?

Cilantro is one of those herbs that many people can’t get enough of.  Click here for instructions to make your own cilantro salt.

Whether you use herbs from your own garden, the farmers market or grocery store – they are a delicious addition to your pantry as well as a great gift idea for the ‘foodie’ in your life.

Are you someone who adores cilantro, looking for more ways to add it to their favorite Mexican food?


Here is a new use for cilantro that deserves a spot on your pantry shelf – cilantro herb salt.


Cilantro herb salt can be used to flavor food where you would normally add salt and cilantro separately.  It is so easy to make, you’ll want to create a huge batch for yourself and friends and family.

Here is how to make your own:

1. Add 1 bunch of cilantro (cutting the stems off first) to your food processor.


2. Add 1 1/2 cups of kosher salt and pulse until the cilantro is mixed in and the salt turned green.


3. Place the cilantro salt mixture on a baking sheet and bake at 225 degrees for 30 minutes.  Remove from the oven and lightly mix up and bake for another 30 minutes.
4. Allow to cool before putting it in an airtight glass jar.


Your cilantro herb salt will keep for a long time, but the flavor is strongest when used within 6 months.
So what are you waiting for?  Grab some cilantro and kosher salt today and make some delicious herb salt for yourself and more for gifts.

**Cilantro herb salt is just the beginning.  Learn how to make basil or rosemary herb salts too!


I enjoy DIY projects – particularly when they involve things that I have grown in my garden.

It seems that a lot of the things that I make from the garden include herbs.  I have dried herbs, frozen them into ice cubes and have done homemade herb butter.

Using herbs from my garden when I cook always gives me a special satisfaction, and my food tastes great too!

Basil Salt
 
Today, I am excited to share with you how to make basil herb salt.  If you haven’t heard of herb salts before, they are referred to as ‘gourmet salts,’ which are very popular in the foodie community.
 
Herb salts are easy to make – especially if you have a food processor.  The salt helps to preserve the fresh flavor of your favorite herbs, and they add fabulous flavor to your favorite dishes.
 
Gourmet salts also make great gifts.
 
 
It is hard to find anyone who doesn’t love basil and the flavor it adds to so many different dishes.  I enjoy making Italian food and am often using basil.  Usually, I tear or chop some fresh basil leaves and add them as flavoring.
 
Basil salt can be used in a variety of ways including sprinkling into your favorite tomato sauce, on top of a fresh-baked pizza, adding to bruschetta or simply sprinkling some on the top of fresh tomatoes.
 
Are you ready to get started?  
 
You will need fresh basil (either from your garden or the store) and kosher salt – pretty simple!
 
Grab your food processor, a baking sheet and a glass jar with a lid.
 
 
1. You will need 1/2 cup each of kosher salt and basil leaves.  
 
 
2. Add the basil and kosher salt to your food processor and pulse for 30 seconds.
 
 
The finished mixture should look like this.
 
 
3. Pour the mixture out onto a baking sheet in a thin layer.  The mixture will be somewhat moist.
 
 
4. Bake for 20 minutes in a preheated 225-degree oven.  After the first 10 minutes, lightly mix the basil salt mixture and bake for another 10 minutes – this helps it to dry out completely.
 
 
5. Put the dried basil salt mixture back into the food processor and blend to remove any remaining lumps.  *Make sure that the food processor is dry beforehand.
 
 
6. Put your basil salt into a glass container with a tight-fitting lid.
 
That’s it – you are done!
I must admit that this is a pretty easy project and the food processor does most of the work.  
 
Keep your basil salt in a dark, cool space where you keep your other herbs/spices to help preserve its flavor.  Use it within a few months for the best flavor.
 
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This is one of the rare times that I didn’t have to spend any extra money on a DIY project – I had the basil growing in my garden, the kosher salt was in the pantry, and I used a mason jar that I had on hand.
 
 
I made three batches of basil salt and will keep one for myself and start using it right away.  The rest I plan on giving away as gifts.  
 
Gifts from the garden and kitchen are personal and much appreciated by others.  Last year, I gave away homemade jam from my peach tree.  This year it will be basil salt.
 
I can’t wait for my basil plant to grow more leaves so I can make more!
 
‘Herbes de Provence’ salt
 
**Basil salt is just the beginning of different types of herb salts you can make.  In my next post, I will show you how to make a customized herb salt blend as well as some ideas of other herb salts you can make.
What would you use basil salt to flavor?

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Have you finished your Christmas shopping yet?


Throughout the year, I keep my eye out for gifts for friends and family.  You never know when you will find the ‘perfect’ gift or a terrific sale.

Sometimes when people ask me what I want for Christmas, I have a hard time coming up with a list because I tend to focus on what I am getting others (with 5 kids, my granddaughter, siblings, nieces, nephews, husband, mom & in-laws I have a  large list 😉

Well if you need some ideas for your own Christmas list or the gardener in your life, here some great gifts….

#1. Subscription to Phoenix Home & Garden Magazine

A subscription is the gift that keeps on giving throughout the year at an affordable price.

If you garden in the desert (or even if you don’t), this is a fabulous magazine.

You can get two years for the price of one here.

#2. Get a head start on your spring garden with a gift certificate to Burpee 

I love shopping for seeds for my spring garden.  Wouldn’t it be nice to have a gift card to spend on your purchase?  Gift cards start at $25 and you can find them here.

#3 A great gardening book 

I love gardening books for ideas and inspiration as well as for reference.  Here are a some new ones that I have enjoyed this year…

I just finished reading Terrarium Craft and have been inspired by their how-to create beautiful terrariums.  I’m going to create my own terrarium using my daughter’s old goldfish bowl.  

Carrots Love Tomatoes is my favorite book that I read this year.  It is full of little known information about which plants benefit each other in the garden.  Companion planting is becoming more mainstream and I use it my own garden.

I just finished reading The Book of Gardening Projects for Kids.  If you are a parent or grandparent, this book is a must-have for you.  
You’ll be seeing some of the projects in the next year as my kids and I have some fun.

#4 Tool Basket


How useful would this Gardening Tool Basket be?  Plenty of places to put your gardening tools and room for harvested vegetables, flowers, or clippings.  
I would love this 😉

#5 Garden Dump Cart

My sister has one of these Garden Dump Carts and it is so practical.  It is so easy to load up, move and dump.  Wouldn’t it be great for a compost heap?

#6 Raised Garden Kit

Has the gardener in your life been wanting to start their own vegetable garden?  This Raised Garden Kit makes starting your own vegetable or flower garden easy.  

I hope that you have some good ideas for your favorite gardener.

OR, if you would like to give someone gift ideas for yourself, simply send them the link to this post 😉