6 Flavored Salt Recipes

DIY Flavored Salts and Handmade Barnwood Box Set

Back in August I flew home to Pittsburgh to attend weddings for two of my dearest friends. I wanted to create a special wedding gift for each of them that was unique and something they would actually use. One just moved into a new home, and one married a guy that loves cooking, so I made them each a set of flavored salts in a handmade barnwood box.

Flavored salts

After searching all over, I ordered this set of DecoBros 12 Spice Bottles and was pleasantly surprised at how well they worked out. Each glass jar holds about three ounces and they have the plastic tops to sprinkle salt out. I made two sets so the twelve jars was perfect – six for each.

The ideas for the salts came from She Knows and Mommypotamus, but I tweaked them a little to see what worked best for the different flavors. You are free to use any type of salt you like, but I found that Himalayan Sea salt or course sea salt worked best. The Himalayan Sea salt also added a nice pink hue to some of the jars. Each recipe makes a ½ cup of salt, although with some ingredients there was a little left over, but I just saved them for my own use.

While I was planning out ideas for the box, my boyfriend Karl set to work on the salts. He loves to cook and is really good at it so this was perfect for him. Preheat your oven to 350F but once it gets up to temperature, turn it off. Start each recipe by putting all of the ingredients in the Magic Bullet. Pulse it a few times to mix everything but do not overdue it or it will turn into a really fine powder. If there are wet ingredients in the recipe, put the salt in a fine layer on a wax paper lined baking sheet and place it in the oven for 3-4 hours or until it is dried out. Some of the salt may be stuck together after that, but that is fine. Simply place the pieces back in the Magic Bullet to break them up.

Flavored salts

 

Here are the recipes for the six salts:

Sriracha Salt

  • ¼ cup course sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha

Rosemary & Lemon Salt

  • ½ cup Himalayan Sea salt
  • 1½ teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1½ teaspoons dried rosemary

Buffalo Ranch Salt

  • ½ cup course sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons buffalo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon ranch dressing mix powder

Bacon Parmesan Salt

  • ½ cup course sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon bacon bits
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan

Mushroom Salt

  • ½ cup course sea salt
  • 4 ounces dried shiitake mushrooms

Saffron Fennel Salt

  • ½ cup Himalayan Sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon saffron threads
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds

 

The set of jars I ordered came with round, white labels which worked out perfectly. Once the salts are dried out and well mixed, pour them into each jar and put a label on each. I wrote mine out by hand but you can also make them on the computer or out of special paper if you wish.

I built a box from old reclaimed barnwood that was around 4″ by 12″ so the jars fit nice and snug. I wanted to be able to see the beautiful textures and colors of the salt, yet I did not want them to fall out, so I had the box come up just over halfway on the jars.

I really love how it all turned out. My friends each love the set and it was great to see how just appreciated a thoughtful gift really is.

 
Flavored salts

Flavored salts

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New in the Infinite Abyss Shop – Hexagon Shelves

Infinite Abyss Hexagon Shelf

New in the shop today are pallet wood hexagon shelves. I’ve been building a lot of projects out of pallets lately for a few upcoming events and have come to find that I really like them. They are readily available, can be sanded smooth and painted any color, and have such beautiful natural tones that they can be left unfinished and still look great. My hexagon shelves are only $24 each, come unfinished and sanded smooth, and are 12″ at the widest part and around 4″ deep.

Infinite Abyss Hexagon Shelf Infinite Abyss Hexagon Shelf

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Printable Calendar Flash Sale

Hartman Design Co Jane.com Printable Calendar

A few months ago I was contacted by Jane.com, a flash sale website, about putting some of my serving trays on there. I was a little nervous at first but the first sale went so well that I had another one a few weeks later. I’ve decided to try it again with some printable calendars that I created for my Hartman Design Co Etsy shop. Normally $8, they’re on sale for $3.99 each and you can print them right at home. The deal goes live Saturday and will last throughout the weekend.

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2016 Travels and the Oregon Coast

Samantha Hartman

One of my favorite hobbies is traveling and when I think back, I did quite a lot of it in 2016. Usually my only resolution is to travel more and the same goes for this year. I went to the Dominican Republic; Seattle and the Washington coast; Michigan; Florida and down to the Keys; roadtripped through Colorado; Sawtooth National Forest, Boise, and an amazing hot spring in Idaho; Las Vegas; NYC and a wedding in upstate New York; coastal Rhode Island; back home to Pennsylvania; Moab, Canyonlands, and Arches National Park in Utah, and most recently, Portland and the Oregon Coast.

A few weeks ago I surprised my boyfriend with a trip up there and although the weather was freezing rain and hail on the beach, it was still beautiful. Portland was just what I imagined, with tons of great restaurants, small shops, and character. We spent most of our time braving the cold and walking around to see what some of the neighborhoods had to offer. One of my favorite parts was our stay at Ashore Hotel in Seaside, Oregon. It was probably one of the cutest places I have stayed and just so cozy feeling. All of the rooms were renovated with reclaimed wood and had a real modern, yet industrial feel to them. The location was perfect with the beach a block away and the main downtown area a block in the other direction. We road complimentary bicycles around, went in the saline pool, and hung out in the lobby where there was a small fresh made menu, drinks, and board games. It was a nice relaxing trip and I returned with so many ideas and inspiration from everything we visited. Although I did not find any sand dollars, the scenery was perfect – there is just something about those west coast beaches. The water looks so far away from the sand and it seems so much more powerful than the east coast. If you have not been, GO.

Here are a few photos, a mix from my phone and my camera:

Portland, OR

Portland, OR

Portland, OR

Oregon Coast

Tillamook, OR

Tillamook National Forest, OR

Tillamook, OR

Ashore Hotel, Seaside, OR

Ashore Hotel, Seaside, OR

Ashore Hotel, Seaside, OR

Seaside, OR

Seaside, OR

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

Oregon Coast

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New Year, New Projects

Samantha Hartman Design

Hello all!

Some of you may know me from my shop Infinite Abyss, but for those of you that don’t, I’m so glad to have you here! For years I have tried to start a blog, only to find that after a few weeks I quickly lose interest. However, I think 2017 could be the year that I stick with this thing. The past few months have been a whirlwind of creating and traveling and the upcoming ones only have more amazing things to come. I am excited to show off some DIY projects, a home renovation, the journey of Infinite Abyss, and a super secret project in the works that I just can’t wait to reveal.

Here’s to 2017: new ideas, new projects, and embracing the creative community that I am excited to be a part of.

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