Sunday, March 4, 2012

Rosemary Salt

"There’s rosemary, that’s for remembrance;
pray you, love, remember."

                                                                    -William Shakespeare, Hamlet

If you want to create memorable meals, make your own rosemary salt. Even tired, cranky cooks won't complain about this easy recipe. It's less taxing than boiling an egg (and far more fragrant).  And you only need two ingredients: sea salt and fresh rosemary.

Like my mother always says, "Never miss an opportunity to boost flavor." And flavored salts are an excellent way to do this. Imagine the aroma and taste if you sprinkled rosemary salt on top of homemade crackers.

Rosemary salt perks up lamb stew, chicken salad, and pork roast.
And, because it's homemade, you haven't spent a fortune at a gourmet shop.

Be sure to make extra batches for gifts.

Rosemary Salt
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1 large box sea salt

fresh rosemary sprigs

sterilized canning jars
. . .

Wash and dry organic (no pesticides) rosemary. I didn't chop the herbs so I could easily remove them later. Place salt and rosemary in a large pan and heat over a low flame for about fifteen minutes, shaking the pan periodically. Take care not to singe the mixture.
Cover the pan and set aside for 24 hours.
Now it's time to remove the spent rosemary. Pour salt mixture into a colander. Pick out stray bits of rosemary. Pour flavored salt into sterilized jars. For garnish, add 1 spring fresh rosemary (uncooked) to each jar. Place lids onto jars (I use a clamp lid.) Store in a dry place.

Adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe.

Rattlebridge Farm’s Weekly Menu

Lamb Stew
Spring Salad
Yeast Rolls with Rosemary Butter
Angel Food Cake with berries

Slow-Cooked BBQ Corned Beef
Fried Cabbage
Peanut Butter Cookies


Boiled Shrimp
Warm Potato Salad
Potato Rolls
Low-Carb Berry Parfaits

Country Ham and Biscuits
Peach Shortcake


Potato Soup
Homemade Crackers
Fruit Plate
Cheesecake with Berries and Whipped Cream

Rattlebridge Farm’s Roasted Chicken
Pan Vegetables
Asparagus and onion quiche
Sally Lunn Bread
Apple Pie and vanilla bean ice cream

Saturday Lunch
Chicken Sandwiches
Tomato Wedges
Fruit Cup and Peanut Butter Cookies

Saturday Dinner
Grilled Steaks
Twice Baked Potatoes
Strawberry and Chive Salad
Chocolate Croissants

Shepherd’s Meat Loaf
Spring Greens with raspberry vinaigrette
Green Beans
Potato Bread
Carrot Cake

Contributed to On the Menu Monday and Metamorphosis Monday.

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  1. Oh we love rosemary salt..guess I never thought about making my own. I will from now on...I have plenty of rosemary in my garden. I think I will make this for Easter gifts! I love rosemary chicken dont' you??? Thanks for sharing this lovely treat!
    Miss Bloomers

  2. Love this idea! Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs to cook with, and this sounds awesome, I'll have to try it. My aunt always adds vanilla to sugar this way, but I've never thought of adding herbs to salt. Love it! Thanks for the idea!

  3. I love rosemary salt as well and there is always some in my larder. And I ALWAYS make my own!

  4. Thanks for the tutorial. I use rosemary often, but not the salt (salt and I don't get along.
    Your menu for the week sounds yummy.

  5. Great post! I brought back about six pounds of sea salt from Manzanillo, Mexico recently. We really like using it. Now I have your recipe to try. Can't wait. Thanks!
    Ladybug Creek

  6. We've got lots of rosemary growing here. I'll be making some of this, Michael Lee. Thanks!

  7. Love this idea! I've "pinned" it. Thanks!!

  8. The boys gave me six different flavors of salts... guess I'll have seven now:@)

  9. Rosemary is perhaps my favorite herb and I always have a bush in my herb garden. This is a must make for me. Thanks for the recipe. I'm pinning it to recipes to try.

  10. The rosemary in salt...a great idea. I like to put a vanilla bean in my granulated sugar, too.

  11. This looks like a fun and delicious idea

  12. What a lovely idea! An extra flavor boost to be sure.

  13. I love the smell of rosemary. Rosemary salt sounds so enticing.

    - The Tablescaper