I have been whizzing up all sorts of citrus & veggies into delectable gourmet citrus salts. So quick, so easy, and a good way to make use of small quantities of tasty things – and then you have a whole flavour bank to choose from while cooking up a storm!
What you need:
Small quantities of vegetables such as celeriac (especially forgotten celeriacs starting to dry out in the veggie basket!), parsnips, garlic (can’t have enough of it) and onions, herbs of all kinds to suit your taste.
One and twos of oranges, lemons, limes…whatever you can get your hands on, even bergamots of you are lucky enough to have them.
Relatively fine grained, pure (no additives!) salt*.
What you do:
Peel/skin and roughly chop your collection of vegetables and place them in a food processor or blender.
Add the zest of whatever citrus you are using and some of the juice if you like – not too much, though, otherwise your salt mixture will take ages to dry out again.
Add the same quantity of relatively fine pure (no additives!) salt* as you have of the other ingredients (50% salt, 50% other ingredients). Whizz everything up together until you have a fine, even mix. Spread your salt mixture out thinly on a large baking tray or similar and either leave to dry on the heating or in the oven at 50°C, with a wooden spoon holding the oven door ajar, for 2-3 hours.
Once the salt is completely dry, whizz it again in the food processor to break up any dried lumps and store in airtight glass jars.
My current combinations:
Lemon & Lime & Garlic & Celeriac Salt
Bergamot & Orange & Garlic & Celeriac & Parsley salt
Lemon & Parsnip & Parsley & Garlic Salt
being used to flavour everything from soups & salads, pastry & breads to mains & sides.
*salt: quality matters here and I prefer rock salt over sea salt, on account of us having allowed microplastic to have completely pervaded our oceans: up to 1800 microgramms of microplastic per kilogram of Fleur du Sel, for example, detected in a study published in January 2018 by scientists at the University of Oldenburg, Germany.