A Trio Of Citrus Salts

By • December 8, 2009 • 18 Comments



Author Notes: I started drying citrus wheels a year or so ago and we are hooked - for this recipe I used valencia oranges, but really any citrus will work - I stick to thinner skinned varieties as you eat them peel and all. When blood oranges are available I buy as many as I can carry and dry them all - delicious crumbled over salads, grilled meats, and ice cream too! Another bonus is that while the oranges dry your kitchen will be toasty warm and smell wonderful. *** NOTE - you will need a spice grinder ***aargersi

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dried citrus wheels

  • 8 valencia oranges
  • non stick spray
  1. set the oven to 200 degrees. Cover 2 cookie sheets with foil and lightly sray with non-stick. Wash the oranges and slice them VERY thinly. Lay them evenly on the cookie sheets and bake until the are very dry - about 5-6 hours. Remove the pits as best you can. Turn them once or twice as they dry. Store for a few weeks (if they last that long which they won't) in an air tight container.

Trio Of Citrus Salts

  • 1 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • several sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 5 dried orange wheels
  • 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 large lemon
  • 1 ancho chili
  • 1/2 tablespoon cumin
  • 2 limes
  1. Orange salt: grind the orange wheels and needles from 2 sprigs of rosemary in the grinder. Mix together with the paprika and 1/4 c of the salt. Store in sealed jar for several weeks.
  2. Lemon salt: finely mince the garlic and 1 tbs. of rosemary. Mix together with 1/4 c salt and the zest from the lemon. Store in sealed jar for several weeks.
  3. Lime salt: Remove the seeds and stem from the chili. Grind in the spice grinder. Mix together with 1/4 c salt, the cumin, and zest from 2 limes. Store in sealed jar for several weeks.

Tags: gifts, savory

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over 2 years ago sdebrango

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Amazing!! Love this.

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about 3 years ago Sadassa_Ulna

yum i love this!

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about 3 years ago nannydeb

Last night I added the lime salt to sauteed shrimp with a splash of Cointreau and it was fabulous!!!

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over 3 years ago Sagegreen

You really should start your new business and retire from your day job!

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over 3 years ago AntoniaJames

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I feel a project coming on . . . ;o)

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over 3 years ago nannydeb

When making the lime salt, does the lime zest make it moist and is that a problem? Or do you dry the limes?

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over 3 years ago aargersi

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The salt actually pulls some of the moisture out of the lime, so I haven't had a problem with it - we use it up pretty quickly too ... it's good in guacamole!!! Or on fish. Or grilled chicken.

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over 4 years ago coffeefoodwritergirl

I am so into salts right now. Thanks for this recipe! I can't wait to try it!

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over 4 years ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

I made the orange salt for Christmas gifts, with plain navel oranges, and got RAVE reviews! Thanks so much for the great idea!

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over 4 years ago mariaraynal

aargersi is so inventive and creative in the kitchen. I've loved everything she's cooked -- and I've had the blood orange citrus wheels and finishing salt and they are to die for.

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over 4 years ago Maria Teresa Jorge

Great mixtures!

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over 4 years ago aargersi

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Thanks! Yours loom awesome too. See my ideal meal above? That's at a little place in Montalcino that is to die for - I am jealous of you living in Tuscany!!!

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over 4 years ago Aliwaks

LOVE This!!! going to try a grapefruit/lavender/ thyme salt

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over 4 years ago aargersi

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That sounds great too! I may have to try it next!

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over 4 years ago cheese1227

So do you just eat the salt straight?

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over 4 years ago aargersi

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I use them as finishing and/or grilling salts. The lime one makes great guacamole and the orange one is good on grilled fish and veggies also sweet potato oven fries. The lemon is great with chicken and fish too We use them a lot!

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over 4 years ago Loves Food Loves to Eat

I love this!! Can't wait to make these!

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over 4 years ago lastnightsdinner

What a great idea - love this!