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Add Lime Zest To Your Salt For A Next-Level Seasoning

Limes with salt on wood
Limes with salt on wood - Professor25/Getty Images

Salt is a vital component of many recipes. However, not all sodium chloride (the chemical name for table salt) is created equal and it's possible to elevate your salt. By incorporating the acidity of lime zest into your salt, you infuse your dishes with a refreshing twist that enhances their overall taste. This fusion not only adds flavor to your culinary creations but also allows you to experiment with different textures in your dishes.

Zesting a lime is the first step in making lime zest salt and it's crucial to do it right. Use a microplane or fine grater to carefully remove the outer layer of the lime peel, being mindful not to include any of the bitter white pith underneath. The goal is to capture only the fragrant zest, which contains the essential oils responsible for that bright citrus flavor.

Once you have your lime zest, it's time to combine it with the coarse sea salt. In a bowl, mix the zest and salt, making sure to evenly distribute the zest throughout the salt. This ensures that every grain of salt is infused with the refreshing essence of lime. Next, spread the mixture out on a baking sheet and let it air dry for a few hours, or speed up the process by placing it in a low-temperature oven for about 30 minutes. This allows the flavors to meld together and intensify, resulting in a seasoning blend that packs a punch with every sprinkle.

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How To Use Your Lime Zest Salt

Lime half with salt pile
Lime half with salt pile - Spalnic/Shutterstock

With lime zest salt in your arsenal, you have a versatile seasoning that can elevate everything from meats to salad. For example, lime zest-infused salt can be a new seasoning for grilled meats that produces a refreshing twist. Alternatively, you can sprinkle it over roasted vegetables or popcorn to add a pop of flavor. A more obvious utilization is to follow Martha Stewart's recommendations for rimming your cocktail glasses as lime and salt are a traditional combination. With lime zest salt in your pantry, the possibilities are endless, and the flavor enhancements are undeniable.

When it comes to keeping your lime zest salt and other spices at their best, celebrity chef Padma Lakshmi recommends storing your spices in an airtight container (via Instagram). Keep your lime zest salt in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight and it will stay fresh and flavorful for weeks to come.

Whether you're a seasoned chef or a home cook looking to spice things up, adding lime zest salt to your repertoire will inspire you to push the boundaries of traditional seasoning and embark on a flavorful journey unlike any other. So go ahead, sprinkle, savor, and delight in the tantalizing taste of lime zest salt. Your taste buds will thank you.

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