Tuesday, September 25, 2012

How to make Basil Salt

I love to grow herbs so that we have fresh most of the time but when it's time to harvest I like to find recipes that I can use dried herbs for later in the year. I ran across a recipe last week from Mary over at Home is Where the Boat Is blog. Check out her beautiful blog sometime.
Knowing that I had some Basil that I needed to pick, I wanted to try her recipe out. The only difference that I did was to double the recipe because I have a lot of basil to harvest before the cool nights kill the plant off. 
It was a very easy recipe to do and the fragrance is wonderful while it's baking/drying.

Here are the ingredients that you will need.
1/2 cup packed fresh Basil
1/2 cup kosher salt
I doubled my batch to 1 cup of each

Pick the basil, wash and pat dry with napkins. Put both ingredients in your food processor. I used my Ninja, I love this little machine. Only a couple of pulses and it was ready.

Spread the salt/basil mixture evenly on a baking sheet and bake at 225° for 30-40 minutes, stirring and flipping half way through baking time. The mixture will be semi hard and stuck together but it comes loose very easily. After baking put the salt/basil back into your food processor and pulse again to break up the clumps. Store in an airtight container.

Super simple recipe to make to use some of your fresh herbs in. I hope that you give it a try. Thanks again Mary for sharing such a wonderful tasty recipe for Basil Salt!

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  1. I love basil, so I should give it a try.


  2. Sounds yummy! I think I'll try this with the last of my basil plant.

  3. Sounds good! I've been wanting to start an herb garden, this will give me another reason! Visiting from the Pinterest party :)

  4. That sounds fantastic, Jana! I have a bunch of basil that I need to do something with before the frosts really set in, here in New England. I'm glad you shared this. :)

  5. This recipe sounds so good with fresh basil. Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays.



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