This lemon zest salt project is the perfect little gift to use as stocking stuffers or thank you gifts for everyone on your list this Christmas. Just two simple ingredients are all you need to create a wonderful fragrant salt that all the cooks in your life will love.
I loved making little gifts to give out during the holidays. This season I'm giving little jars of lemon zest salt. It's simple, just a mixture of grated lemon zest and nice flaky sea salt.
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How to Zest a Lemon
Use a microplane or zester to scrape just the top layer of the lemon rind. Hold the lemon in one hand and grate in one direction moving the lemon at each pass. Do not grate any of the white parts of the rind as it is bitter.
Once you grate the lemons you need to dry out the moisture from the zest before adding it to the salt mixture.
What to Use Lemon Salt on
I like it on just about everything. You can use it at the table just like salt or add it during the cooking process. Try it on:
- Grilled Seafood, Fish or Beef
- Vegetables - Whether sauteed fresh on the stove, roasted in the oven or frozen cooked in the microwave.
- It's also good in baked goods, especially if you are already working with citrus flavors.
- Add it to popcorn or homemade chips.
The recipe fits well in four of these little glass jars but you can use any small jar airtight containers that you like.
Here are the labels I used to top my jars. Feel free to use them for your own personal use. Just click on the image and you will get a full pdf of labels.
Of course, you can also make this same salt with other citrus fruit such as limes, grapefruit, or oranges. Or make a blend of one or more for an interesting citrus salt. Either way, I think most people enjoy the freshness of any citrus flavor and would love this little gift.
Lemon Zest Salt Recipe
- 4-6 lemons
- 8 oz of flaky sea salt
- Scrub lemons.
- Zest each lemon onto a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Place the baking sheet in a 175-degree oven for 30 minutes.
- Remove from the oven and gently break apart.
- Combine dried zest with sea salt in a large bowl.
- Divide into four 6 ounce jars with airtight lids.
Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy and is an estimate only. This information comes from online calculators. Although attempts have been made to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.