{how to} How To Make Lavender Salt – And 8 Suggestions For How to Use It

We grow an outrageous amount of lavender in our garden, and aside from making lavender caramel sauce from time to time, I have mostly left the lavender flowers to the bees. But this year I decided to do something with it. It is incredibly easy to make lavender salt, and it’s a wonderful addition to your pantry or a classy homemade gift.

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The lavender flowers should be dried, and the easiest way to do that is to pick or cut some stems and leave them in a vase (with no water) for about a week. It’s OK if they have a few flowers, as the flowers will dry up and fall off. If you don’t have lavender growing nor a generous friend with a patch of it, you can, of course, buy some dried lavender to make the salt.

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Once dried, remove the little lavender pods from the stems – they will come off easily if you slide your fingers along the stems. Don’t worry if there are a few little brown pieces or what have you.

Measure out about 1 tablespoon of lavender and 1/2 cup of kosher or sea salt and grind them a together with spice grinder, coffee grinder, or mortar and pestle. Grinding everything together will release the oils of the lavender and rub everything on to the salt.

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If you prefer coarser salt, then I recommend grinding the lavender pods with about 1 or 2 tablespoons of the kosher or sea salt, then stirring in the remaining, coarse salt to the mix.

Decant to a jar or container (I got the cute tins in the top picture at Spicely.)

So what should you use this lovely salt on?

Here are 8 suggestions for what to put lavender salt on:

  • Chocolate. Lavender goes really well with both dark and white chocolate, and lightly salted chocolate is always a good thing. Try a sprinkle on pudding, mousse, cake, or fudge.
  • Scallops. Mild shellfish like tender scallops go very well with florals. Finishing a lemony, buttery scallop dish with lavender salt is a spectacular finishing touch.
  • Lamb chops. There is something magical about the combination of lavender and lamb. Of all the red meats, lamb carries the flowery flavor best of all. A little bit on your lamb chops is all you need.
  • Fresh fruit. Try sprinkling papayas, berries, pineapples, and other fruit with lavender salt. The salt brings out the intense sweetness of the fruit while the lavender lightly perfumes it.
  • Caramels or toffee. If you’re making homemade caramels or toffee, add a sprinkling of lavender salt for decoration and flavor.
  • Margaritas. Give your margarita a twist by rimming the glass in lavender salt instead of plain salt.
  • Lemony things. Lavender and lemon is a classic combination, whether you’re serving something savory or sweet.
  • Roast chicken. Rub a bit under the skin with some butter before roasting, and prepare to be delighted.

What do you put lavender salt on? Any other ideas I should try?

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2 comments

1 Myron Staszkow { 08.29.14 at 11:10 am }

I use Lavender Salt on grilled Sweet Potatoes – Great! Brush Potato slices with EVOO, sprinkle with Lavender salt and grill over medium heat .

2 Karen { 08.29.14 at 3:52 pm }

@Myron great idea! I will try that! Thanks so much.

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