With the holidays arriving quickly, I am getting into DIY all the presents! mode. Making simple but thoughtful gifts by hand is one of my fall/winter traditions. Why? Besides the obvious (I’m a blogging college student: I’m don’t have spending money), I enjoy crafting gifts at home.
In the past, my DIY gifts have included homemade soaps, jewelry, or crocheted items. (Wow, that last sentence made me sound more talented than I really am!). This year, I am going to include this homemade ginger salt in my holiday presents.
Uses for ginger salt
Flavored salts make an elegantly flavorful addition to any meal or even dessert. Here are some of the ways that I’ve enjoyed this ginger salt:
- Sprinkled on baked shrimp and salmon
- Tossed with sauteed or steamed veggies
- Lightly sprinkled on fresh pineapple (weird but SO YUM!)
- In chicken salad
- In egg salad
- Sprinkled on my curry broccoli fritters
- In soups
- Mixed in with salad dressing
As you can imagine, the possibilities are endless. I found jars similar to these mini fido-style jars to package these for gifts and I know I will end up keeping one for my own pantry.
- Fresh ginger makes all the difference here. I don't recommend using a store bought powdered ginger.
- First, dry the ginger. If you have a dehydrator (I used my Excalibur), dry the ginger on a rack at 110 degrees overnight.
- If you don't have a dehydrator, put your oven on the lowest setting and place the ginger pieces on a cookie sheet. Bake for anywhere from 6-8 hours until completely dry and crisp. You don't have to be too vigilant about the baking time, just make sure the pieces are completely dry.
- Put the dried ginger pieces in a coffee grinder with 1 tablespoon of the salt and grind until powdery. Stir together with the remaining salt. Store in an airtight container.
- The salt will have the strongest ginger taste for the first week. Then it will mellow a bit. If you want a much spicier and stronger salt, use a 3 inch piece of ginger.
Do you make gifts at home? And how would you use this ginger salt?