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Homemade Seasoned Salt – DIY Gifts Form The Kitchen

Christmas is already around the corner. I can not believe how fast time goes by. But since there are only 24 days left until Christmas Eve, it’s high time to start thinking about gifts for our loved ones. And I don’t know about you, but I sometimes miss the times when you could just make or paint something and everyone was happy about it. Because at the end of the day, it’s the self-made gifts that bring us the most joy, right? Therefore, I have a DIY Christmas idea for you, which you can give away at any age. Namely, four different kinds of seasoned salt which you can easily prepare yourself at home. Beautifully wrapped as cute little DIY gift from the kitchen, these salts are perfect for your loved ones, friends, family and colleagues.

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DIY gifts from the kitchen for family, friends and colleagues

Simple Homemade Seasoned Salt

Making your own seasoned salt is an incredibly simple affair. After all, it only takes two to three steps to whip up flavorful salts from just a few ingredients that will jazz up any dish. The principle behind each of the four seasoned salts is actually the same, so feel free to make all four at once. But before I explain how to make the DYI seasoned salt, I want to introduce you to the four varieties and for whom they are perfect.

  • Guacamole Salt: This simple salt is perfect for all fans of Mexican cuisine, thanks to intense lime flavors, a slight spiciness and an aromatic garlic note. Anyone who loves to eat guacamole, fresh avocado or poke bowls will love this DIY gift from the kitchen!
  • Italian Seasoned Salt: My guess is, that this salt is a great fit for anyone. This seasoned salt combines the taste of typical Mediterranean herbs with dried garlic and the freshness of lemon. This makes it a perfect match for pasta, appetizers, fish, and white meat.
  • Red Wine Rosemary Salt: This Red Wine Rosemary Salt is the perfect gift from the kitchen for steak and barbecue lovers. The intense red wine and rosemary flavor makes it the perfect accompaniment to red meat. And the beautiful pink color will delight everyone
  • Porridge Salt: If you’re wondering right now if you’ve misread, the answer is no. As I explained in my post on traditional English porridge, you should always add a pinch of salt to our oatmeal. Since porridge has an inherently sweet flavor, the salt enhances that sweetness To bring even more flavor into the porridge, this porridge salt is refined with cinnamon, vanilla and orange zest, so that all these wonderful flavors enchant the morning oatmeal porridge to a culinary delight.

… and this is how it’s done:

There is just one thing you have to keep in mind when making homemade seasoned salt. All ingredients should be dry or have been dried sufficiently. Therefore, the zest of lemons, limes and oranges, as well as fresh rosemary, must be dried in the oven. However, this only takes 10 to 20 minutes. However, you will need to plan a little more time for the red wine salt, as it needs a little more time to dry completely due to the liquid. In the meantime, however, you can devote yourself to other things.

The procedure is very similar for each of the four salts. First, you take care of the ingredients that need to be dried in the oven. To do this, first preheat your oven to 50°C or 125°F convection and line a baking tray with parchment paper. For the guacamole salt and the Italian seasoning salt, you can first wash the lime or the lemon thoroughly and grate the entire peel with a fine grater on the baking tray. The same applies to the orange for the porridge salt, but here the grating of half a fruit is enough.

For the salts with fresh rosemary, first wash the needles, dry them well and then chop them finely. Then you can dry them in the oven for ten minutes, just like the lemon and lime peel. The orange peel takes a little longer, about 20 minutes.

Once all the fresh ingredients are dried, you can mix them with the salt and the remaining ingredients. The red wine salt, on the other hand, takes a little longer. As with the Italian seasoned salt, you can start by chopping the rosemary needles and put them in the oven for ten minutes. Set them aside and mix the salt with the red wine in a bowl. Which, by the way, smells delightful. Spread the wet salt evenly on a baking tray covered with parchment paper and put it in the oven for four hours. While the salt is drying, you should only open the oven door a few times to let the steam escape. Then you can mix it with the rosemary and transfer it to a jar.

DIY Gifts Form The Kitchen

If you want to make these seasoned salts just for yourself, you can put them in a regular small jars. But if you want to give them to friends, family, colleagues or neighbors as little DIY gifts from the kitchen, you can also wrap them up beautifully with a few little tricks. All you need are some pretty little glass jars. For this you can either take a few “test tubes” with cork stoppers. If you want to give away something larger quantities, you can take small spice jars with cork closure. There are two more examples which even come with black stickers, a white pan and a small wooden spoon.

To wrap your homemade seasoned salt even more beautiful, you can still tie a few Christmas bows around the neck of the bottle. You can even attach a small pine branch, a few Christmas balls, or a small wooden spoon. That way you even have a small, useful gift to go with the salt.

Any questions left?

Can I add other ingredients to the salt?

Absolutely, there are no limits to your creativity. However, make sure that all ingredients are really dry. So if you want to add another spice or already dried herbs like parsley or basil, go for it! You should be more careful with fresh ingredients, because they need to be thoroughly dried in the oven.

How long will homemade seasoned salt last?

Assuming all the ingredients aboslutly dry, these salts will last forever. However, I’m sure they will be used up pretty quickly.

What kind of salt shout you use for seasoned salt?

Both fine and coarse sea salt work very well here. Coarse sea salt has the advantage of looking a little prettier. However, you have to put it through a spice grinder or pound it briefly in a mortar before salting food. Therefore, I prefer to use a salt with a medium grain size.

How to package the salts into pretty little gifts form the kitchen?

To gift your salts as gifts from the kitchen for Christmas or other occasions, you can package them in pretty test tubes or spice jars with cork stoppers. To wrap the jars nicely, you can tie a bow around the neck and attach to it a fir branch, small Christmas balls or a tiny wooden spoon.

DIY gifts from the kitchen - homemade seasoned salt

Gifts from the kitchen – aromatic seasoned salt as gifts for Christmas as well as all year round

My hope is that I was able to give you a bit of inspiration if you’re still looking for some cute little Christmas gifts. But anyway, even if you don’t give them away as presents for your friends and family, you should make them for yourself. I’m already using those homemade seasoned salts every day, since they jazz up so many different recipes. And obviously they are a great gift all year round!

Anyway, I hope you like these simple recipes for homemade seasoned salt. If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free to drop them in the comments, or send me a massage via email or Instagram (@julesbalancedrecipes). Also, I’d appreciate your comment and rating on this recipe if you’ve tried it. It’s easy to do via the comments section below this post.

Have fun trying it out and bon appétit,

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Homemade Seasoned Salt

Julia Schmitt
Four different kind of homamade seasoned salt which are cute little gift form the kitchen for friends, family and colleagues – not just for Christmas
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Time to dry in the oven 4 hrs 40 mins
Total Time 5 hrs 5 mins
Course spices
Cuisine international, Italian, Mexican
Servings 2 jars per salt


  • baking sheet


Guacamole Salt:

  • 1 organic lime zest of the whole lime
  • 1.5 tsp dried garlic finely chopped
  • 1 tsp chili flakes or more if you like it spicy
  • 180 g fine, coarse or medium coarse salt 1 cup

Italian Seasoned Salt:

  • 1 organic lemon zest of the whole fruit
  • 10 g fresh rosemary (4 branches)
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp dried thyme or marjoram
  • 1 tsp dried garlic finely chopped
  • 180 g fine, coarse or medium coarse salt 1 cup

Porridge Salt:

  • 1 organic orange zest of halt the orange
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 180 g fine, coarse or medium coarse salt 1 cup

Red Wine Rosemary Salz:

  • 10 g fresh rosemary (4 branches)
  • 50 ml dry red wine 2 fluid ounces or ¼ cup
  • 180 g fine, coarse or medium coarse salt 1 cup


  • Preheat the oven to 125°F / 50°C convection. Line a baking tray with baking paper

Guacamole Salt

  • Wash the lime thoroughly under hot water, dry and grate the zest of the whole fruit with fine grater onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in oven for 10 minutes. Then mix the dried zest rub with the remaining ingredients, transfer to an airtight spice jar.

Italian Seasoned Salt

  • Wash lemon thoroughly, dry and grate the zest from the entire fruit onto a baking sheet with a fine grater. Wash rosemary, dry thoroughly, pluck needles and chop them finely. Dry them in the oven for 10 minutes together with the zest rub. Then mix with the remaining ingredients, transfer to an airtight spice jar.

Porridge Salt

  • Wash orange thoroughly, dry and finely grate about half of the peel, spread on a baking sheet and let it dry in the oven for about 20 minutes. Cut vanilla bean in half lengthwise, scrape out the pith, mix it together with the salt, cinnamon, and dried orange zest. Transfer to airtight spice jar, cut the vanilla bean in half and add to jar.

Red Wine Rosemary Salt

  • Wash the rosemary, dry thoroughly, pluck off needles and chop them finely. Dry them in oven for about 10 minutes, set aside. Put salt and red wine together in a bowl, mix, spread on baking sheet and put it in oven. Allow the salt to dry in the oven for four hours, occasionally allowing the water vapor to escape briefly by opening the door every now and then. Then mix it with the dried rosemary and transfer to an airtight spice jar.
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