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Friday, December 2, 2011

Salt, More Than Just an Additive

Did you know that at different times throughout history, salt has instigated wars, built monuments, and been a form of currency all while enhancing the flavor of food for billions?

As a matter of fact, the oft used idiom "any man worth his salt" can trace it's origin to ancient Rome and Persia when men were paid with the beloved mineral (note - salt is not a spice or an herb).

Even our modern word for payment, "salary", finds it Latin roots in salt (aka sal).

These days, it finds its most common usage in the culinary arts, but don't forget, it doesn't just work in savory dishes. Add a dash here and there to your sweet treats and you'll be sure to notice the flavor enhancement if not the empty cookie jar.

How to shake things up? *pun intended*

Add flavor to your salt. My favorite is citrus salt.

Combine 1/2 cup salt, 1/2 tbspn of lemon zest, 1/4 tbspn orange zest, and 1/4 tbspn lime zest and voila.

To make it last longer or to package as a gift, place above on a baking sheet in a 225 degree oven for 2 hours, cool, and store

salt mine - I bloat just looking at it

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