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Roasted Garlic Jelly for Foodie Fun

Garlic Jelly Jar 1It’s the holidays and we are down to less than one week until Christmas Day. Yikes! If you are anything like me, you probably either a) have not started on your gift list (not me this year, yay!) or b) are stressing over those last few gifts…you know, for the folks that have all they [think] they want sans the winning multi-million dollar lottery ticket.  My office buddy and I are kind of in that last boat together  this year.  What to get for those last few names still on our lists while simultaneously trying to overcome the dread of having to brave the frantic shopping town centers.  Enter the realm of Do It Yourself (DIY)! Now don’t panic if you are thinking about how empty the craft store shelves are by now, because you likely won’t need anything too seasonal for this idea…because you’ll be doing most of your shopping at the grocery store!

A fun, food themed gift basket or goodie bag is always a hit with my circle of friends. You may recall the Vanilla Salt I shared with you two years ago. That yearGarlic Jelly Cheese Bread 2 I also made Thai-Chili Sugar, and Mulling Spice packets. Last year I made the delicious Roasted Garlic Jelly I am sharing with you today. This year…well I can’t quite tell you the exact details since some of the receivers are reading this…but it involves some fun baskets. For example one friend, who recently moved her family in with her new honey’s family, is going to get a package of family friendly fun things they can make with the kiddos. Another is getting complimentary recipes and pre-made mixes to go with items I bought her off of her Christmas wish list. My dad is getting a basket of NCIS DVDs tucked alongside jars of homemade pop-corn seasoning, cute popcorn themed bowls, and popcorn kernels.

Feeling less panicked now?

So back to this Roasted Garlic Jelly.

Garlic Jelly Cheese Tray 2Almost everyone makes this face when I say “garlic jelly”.  I think Emilie is the only one that didn’t raise an eyebrow.  Yes, yes, it sounds weird, but trust me this stuff is quite delicious. Have you ever had a clove of roasted garlic? Don’t you remember how it’s pungent flavor mellowed out and took on some caramelized sweetness?  I think you see where I am going with this now. Roasted garlic jelly is different, but it’s still a sweet jelly with just the faintest bit of tang (that would be the vinegar) and aroma of delicious, roasted garlic. This juxtaposition is precisely what will make this such a fun gift for your friends and family.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Roasted Garlic Jelly

Fills 6-8, 4 ounce jelly jars. Recipe from Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving.

Ingredients:

  • 3  heads garlic
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1/2 cup white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns, crushed
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 6 ounces pouches liquid pectin (typically two packages)

Directions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees Farenheit.
  2. Slice off the tops of  the garlic heads to expose the cloves. Place each head on a small square of aluminum foil.Garlic Jelly Expose Cloves
  3. Over each head, pour olive oil and balsamic vinegar, approximately a tablespoon each per garlic head.Garlic Jelly balsamic
  4. Wrap the foil squares loosely around the garlic heads and roast in oven for 45 minutes.
  5. Let garlic heads sit until  cool enough to handle. Unwrap from foil and  squeeze each head to push out the softened cloves  into a medium saucepan. Discard skins.
    Garlic Jelly roasted garlic heads     Garlic Jelly roasted garlic cloves
  6. In a the same pan, add the wine, water, white balsamic vinegar and peppercorns to the roasted garlic.  Over medium heat (gentle now!) bring to a boil, then reduce heat and allow to boil gently for 5 minutes.Garlic Jelly Making Garlic Juice
  7. Cover sauce pan and remove from heat. Let the mixture steep for 15 minutes.
  8. Line a mesh strainer with several layers of cheesecloth or a large,  dampened coffee filter.  Place strainer over a deep bowl.
    Garlic Jelly Strain Garlic Juice 1            Garlic Jelly Strain Garlic Juice 2
  9. Pour garlic mixture through the lined strainer into the bowl.  Let drip, undisturbed, for about 30 minutes.  You should end up with about 1 2/3 cups garlic juice. If you end up with less, add up to 1/4 cup dry wine or water.
  10. As garlic “juice” is draining,  prepare canner, jars, and lids by bringing a large pot of water to a boil and boiling your jars and lids for 10 minutes. Turn off heat, but keep jars in hot water until ready to jar for up to an hour. Any longer and you will need to re-sterilize.Green Tomato Preserves Sanitzing Jars
  11. Transfer garlic juice to a large saucepan and stir in lemon juice and sugar.Garlic Jelly adding sugar
  12. Over high heat, stirring constantly, bring to a full rolling boil.
  13. Stir in pectin and return to a boil. Boil hard, stirring constantly, for 1 minute then remove from heat and quickly skim off foam.
    Garlic Jelly adding liquid pectin    Garlic Jelly skimming
  14. Quickly pour hot jelly into hot jars, leaving 1/4 inch headspace. (This jelly sets quickly!)
  15. Wipe rim. Center lid on jar. Screw band down until resistance is met, then increase to fingertip tight.
  16. Place jars in canner, ensuring they are completely covered with water. Bring to a boil and process for 10 minutes.Garlic Jelly hot water bath
  17. Once processed, remove from  canner.  As they cool, you’ll hear the lids “pop” as the jars seal.  To test whether the jar has sealed, press your finger against the middle of the lid.  If it springs up, it has not sealed.
  18.  Allow the jars to cool before storing.

Serving suggestions:

  • Serve as a cheese and fruit tray condiment
  • Use as a savory/sweet glaze on pork or chicken
  • Stir a tablespoon or two into risotto
  • Spread on toast (with bacon!)

Garlic Jelly Cheese Tray

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Holiday Gifts for Little Foodies

Growing up, one of my top 5 toys was the play kitchen my sisters and I shared. It was a homemade 2-piece set – simple plywood boxes built with doors and painted to look like a refrigerator and stove-topped oven. It wasn’t fancy like the Little Tykes plastic kitchens my friends had, with their attached phones and ironing boards, but it was spacious and more realistic, so I was happy.  We filled it with tons of plastic foods from apples to unidentifiable uniformly brown “meat” products and those awesome Fisher Price milk and juice bottles. It provided endless hours of fun, and while I don’t remember exactly when we got rid of it, that play kitchen is one of my clearest childhood memories.

It was with these childhood memories fresh in my head that I started Christmas shopping for nieces and nephews. After picking out some cool toys for the older ones, I started looking for a soft fruit and veggie sets designed for my niece who is under 2 and I quickly became overwhelmed by the totally awesome and amazing play food toys that are now available. While I may not be in the market for a brand new play kitchen and all of its associated accessories, I had so much fun exploring, I thought I’d turn it into a post for those of you who may have a few burgeoning chefs and foodies in need of their own kitchen set up.

Play kitchens for purchase1)Little Tykes Super Chef Kitchen ($80)  // 2)Kid Kraft Uptown Kitchen($144)   3)2 Step Life Kitchen($93)  // 4)Hape Playfully Delicious Gourmet Kitchen ($87)

DIY Play Kitchens1) Giggleberry Creations DIY Entertainment Center Play Kitchen // 2) DIY Pottery Barn Knock-Off Play Kitchen  // 3) DIY Play Kitchen from Nightstand  4) Play Kitchen From Ikea Parts

Once you have picked out the perfect play kitchen, its time to stock it. The basics for the perfect play kitchen fall under 2 categories. First you need a few basics for cooking up and serving fun and imagination. The 3 sets below are each a great price and will ensure every little chef has everything they need.

Toy dishes1)Children’s Stainless Steel Cookware Set($23) // 2)Toysmith Cooking Utensils ($11) // 3)Kidoozie Dish Drainer Set ($18)

Once you have dishes and silverware, your lil’ chef will need something to cook up and serve. I think its important to start with a amazing basics with multiple uses to stock the toy fridge and pantry. The Melissa and Doug 4 Food Groups play set, number 1 below, is a good all around starter set. If you want a more substantial starting place for you fledgling foodie, I encourage getting separate produce, meat, and bread sets. Really well curated bread sets were the hardest to find. While the sandwich set is a bit more specialized that I was going for, the collection of bakery items was the best out there.

Play Food Starters1)Melissa and Doug Food Groups Play Set – Wooden ($20) // 2)Ikea Duktig 14-Piece Vegetable Set ($8) & Ikea Duktig 9-Piece Fruit Set ($8) // 3) PlanToys Plan Activity Large Scale Meat Set ($16) // 4) Melissa and Doug Felt Food – Sandwich Set ($17)

If your favorite youngster has a well established play kitchen with dishes, produce, and more, you may be at a loss for what to buy. Don’t worry, there are tons of specialty toys for the little foodie who already has it all.

Fun Kitchen Toys for the Establish Kitchen

1)  Fisher-Price Servin’ Surprises Ice Cream Party Set ($19) // 2)  Homemade Felt Sushi Platter // 3)  Melissa & Doug Felt Cookie Decorating Set ($19)             4)  Homemade Felt Cheez-It Crackers // 5)  Hape Playfully Delicious Pasta Set   ($19)  //   6)  Homemade Felt Poptart Tutorial

Holiday Gifts under $75

The $50 to $75 dollar range for gift giving is a rich with amazing, unique, and, frequently, hand-crafted kitchen tools and serving dishes. I love perusing the tabletop section of Houzz.com to find cool things from boutique stores I may never have heard of otherwise. Sure, sometimes people post things that are outrageously priced (seriously, $90 for a single coffee cup and saucer??) but it is still fun way to find gift-giving inspiration.

Kitchen Gifts Under 75- An Elegant Kitchen

1)  Mason Cash Large Mortar and Pestle ($46)  // 2)  Delta Decanting Wine Carafe ($64)  // 3)  Solid Wood Mezzaluna and Herb Chopping Bowl ($60)

I love to give beautiful practical pieces to friends and family for birthdays and holidays. Items like this mortar and pestle or this herb bowl and mezzaluna would be perfect to round out the kitchen of even your most elegant friend.  Mortar and pestles and mezzalunas are items that people frequently don’t think to buy for themselves, but once they own will find themselves turning to again and again. While an extra special wine decanter, like this one from Delta designed to maximize aeration with a stone cap that filters out sediment or errant cork pieces, are great for friends that enjoy a good bottle of wine.

As nice as it is to be able to find a single perfect item to give someone, I actually find it easier to give gift sets at this price range. There are many options for pre-made gift sets on sites like Williams and Sonoma, but I love to search websites and put together my own sets when I can. Below are 2 examples of great gift (one of which I may have already bought for someone on my Christmas list) that you can put together yourself.

Kitchen Gifts Under 75- Cheese SetRectangular Marble and Wood Cheese Board ($58) // Gold Cheese Knives ($29)

I may be biased, but cheese should be an FDA required food group unto itself, and cheese themed gifts are sure to be a hit with about 95% of the public (and that other 5%, well they have to entertain cheese lovers at some point, right?). Marble and slate make ideal cheese boards because they stay cool which helps to keep the cheese at an ideal temperature while it sits on an appetizer table. I am in love with this elegant marble and wood cheese board from Terrain, but am happy to report that you can find an identical one at West Elm for a mere $39! Which is convenient because these gold-toned cheese knives are also from West Elm. Together, the two pieces are $68 (plus taxes & shipping). You can always pick up some lovely cheese samples from your local cheese monger if you want to round out the gift.

Kitchen Gifts Under 75- Salt Block CookingHimalaya Salt Plate ($35)  //  Himalaya Salt Plate Holder ($15)  //  Salt Block Cooking: 70 Recipes for Grilling, Chilling, Searing, and Serving on Himalayan Salt Blocks ($17)

Have an adventurous chef on your Christmas list? The kind who will try to make anything once and loves to own specialty tools like pasta makers and creme brulee sets. Then click the links above  and buy this immediately. Himalaya salt blocks are a unique and fun way to infuse flavors into your cooking, and this gift collection is a great way for someone to experiment with the technique. The salt plate and the plate holder are both from Williams and Sonoma, although The Meadow and other online stores have a wider selection of salt block shapes and sizes. Normally, I would link to Amazon.com for a book, but Amazon is sold out, so order this salt block cookbook from Barnes and Nobel to get it in time for Christmas.

Holiday Gifts under $30

Sure, Christmas decorations and wrapping paper sets have been on store shelves for a month already, but in my family, the tradition has been to put up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving. That makes today the official start of the Christmas season as far as I am concerned. This year, Ruth and I thought we’d share some of our favorite gift options in case you need a little inspiration.

We are kicking off this series today with some great under $30 items. This list is really great for any price-capped Secret Santa exchanges you may have coming up, or for a small gift to give on one of Hanukkah’s 8 nights.

Christmas Gifts Under $30 - Kitchen Gadgets

1) Three Tier Stacking Salt Box by Rachel Ray ($25)  // 2) Wine Pearls ($25)  3) Ad-N-Art Flavor It Glass Water Bottle ($14)

1)     I think we can all agree that holiday gifts should not be useful and enjoyable, but not overly practical – unless of course someone actually asks you to buy them a vacuum for for the Christmas, vacuums are never gifts. Many people would see something like this beautiful acacia salt box or the BlissHome Nigella Lawson Salt Pig ($29) as unnecessary or extravagant, which makes it the perfect gift for the cook in your life. It is beautiful and once they start using it, they will fall in love with how convenient it is,  just like Ruth fell in love with hers.

2)    These wine pearls, much like whiskey stones ($20) are a great way to keep your beverage chilled while keeping it from watering down. I like these pearls because the smooth unique design is perfect for delicate wine glasses because it creates an elegant presentation in the bottom of your glass while not scratching the surface. If you are shopping for a wine novice, this wine accessory kit ($24) is a good option for helping them foster their burgeoning love of vino . It includes a foil cutter, cork screw, bottle collar, stopper, and more.

3)  We should all be drinking more water, and with this nifty glass bottle with built in fruit infuser, there is no reason not to! It come in a variety of colors from grey to red and you can even pick up 2 yellow or blue ones from Overstock.com for $35 in case you want one for yourself. For the hostess in your life who always always has a pitcher of water on her perfectly set table, this  infusing pitcher ($25) had both the basket for holding fruit and re-freezable ice tube to keep the water cold.

Kitchen Gifts Under 30- Gourmet Samples

1) Peet’s Major Dickinson Coffee and Tea Sampler ($30) // 2) Fancy Mayo Trio from Empire Mayo ($21) // 3) 6-bottle mini wine sampler ($25)

1)     I was first introduced to Peet’s Coffee a decade ago, when I visited my friend in San Francisco for a week. For years after that, she would send me freshly roasted Major Dickinson’s Blend – my favorite – every year for Christmas. I can now get Peet’s coffee at the grocery store, but it is never as good as the freshly roasted beans I used to receive. Coffee from a local roaster makes, such as M.E. Swing Co. in D.C., also make great gifts.

2)     Artisanal or local specialty foods always make a great gift, whether from your city or not. A sampler of gourmet mayos like these form Empire Mayo are a perfect gift for sandwich lovers, while an olive oil dipping set ($22) for those who love great bread or haven’t experience great olive oil yet. Pickles from Gordy’s Pickle Jar, a D.C. favorite, can be ordered for $10 and are a really delicious gift.

3)     I have not tried the Tasting Room’s personalized wine bottle service, but I love the idea of it. The company is a membership club for wine lovers that sends subscribers bottles of wine based on their individual wine profile. To put together the profile, the Tasting Room sends you 6 mini-bottles of wine, that you then rate online. Your opinion of each bottle of wine is used to assemble your wine profile. For just $25, you can gift the 6 bottle sampler and the wine profile to a friend, and if they love it, they can then chose to subscribe to the service.

Kitchen Gifts Under 30- Kitchen Decor

1) Bamboo & Acrylic Folding Cookbook Stand ($17) // 2) Kitchen conversion print ($18) // State Themed Dish Towels ($15)

1)     When gifting a cookbook stand, look for one that can fold flat when not in use, to protect precious counter space. I selected the bamboo & acrylic one featured here because I love that the acrylic panel holds the pages still while protecting the pages from accidental splatter.  This  Joseph Joseph Folding Cookbook Stand ($30) folds up like a book and stores neatly right next to the cookbooks.

2)     Kitchen prints and artwork are great gifts, especially for friends or family who are still new to being out on their own and setting up their own kitchen. When buying decor like this, be sure you have an idea of the receiver’s aesthetic, otherwise it may fall flat. If they have a less modern tastes, this classy seasonal fruit and vegetable poster ($18) may be more to their liking.

3)     I first saw these fabulous state themed kitchen towels at Hill’s Kitchen here in D.C. and immediately snatched up several for family and friends who are a bit obsessed with their home states. If state themed towels don’t meet your needs their are other fun and beautiful dish towels, such as this cocktail themed one from Uncommon Goods for $14. BONUS: a pretty dish towel can be used as creative gift wrapping for another foodie themed gift.

 

Pinspired: Bourbon Pumpkin Pecan Bread

As you read this Tom and I are on our way toHouston, TX to enjoy the long weekend with his family. This will be my third trip to Texas, but my first to Houston. While most of our time will be spent with Tom’s parents, sister, and larger family, I am planning to do at least a little sight seeing. I had hoped to check out the Johnson Space Center, but with the U.S. government shutdown in full swing, that seems unlikely.

Bourbon Pumpkin  Bread - sliced bread 2

Since we will be spending most of our time at Tom’s sister’s home, and I was taught to never show up at someone’s front door empty handed, I’ve decide to bring along a few things to say help say thank-you. My original plan was to bring a bottle of Virgina red wine that I picked up during my recent wine outing, but wine doesn’t always travel well and there was a definite risk of travel shock. So, as a back up plan, I decided to bake a loaf of quick bread because, properly wrapped and pack, I was confident it would make the trip in one piece. I originally thought of baking my “healthy” chocolate zucchini bread, but then I remembered that I’d recently pinned a recipe for bourbon pumpkin pecan bread. What follows here is my slightly tweaked recipe based on Belle of the Kitchen’s original recipe, found here.

Bourbon Pumpkin Pecan Bread
makes 2 standard loaves

¾ cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
½ tsp ginger and cloves
4 eggs
15 oz pureed pumpkin
⅔ cup oil
3½ cup all-purpose flour
⅓ cup bourbon
1 cup buttermilk
2 tsp baking soda
1½ tsp kosher salt
1 tsp baking powder
1 ½ cup chopped pecans

1)    Preheat oven to 350ºF. Grease and lightly flour the bottom of two standard size loaf pans, about 8.5 x4.5×2.5 inches.

Bourbon Pumpkin  Bread - prepare loaf pans

2)     Use a fork to whisk together sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove in a small bowl.

Bourbon Pumpkin  Bread - whick sugars together

Bourbon Pumpkin  Bread - whisk spice into sugar mixture

Bourbon Pumpkin  Bread - whisked sugar and spices

3)      In a large bowl whisk together eggs, oil, and pureed pumpkin. Add sugar mixture to bowl and whisk to combine. Stir in 2 cups of flour.

Bourbon Pumpkin  Bread - whisk egg pumpkin and oil
Bourbon Pumpkin  Bread - mix sugar and pumpkin mixture

4)     In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix together bourbon and buttermilk and carefully fold into batter.

Bourbon Pumpkin  Bread - add bourbon buttermilk

Bourbon Pumpkin  Bread - fold in bourbon buttermilk

5)    Sprinkle baking powder, baking soda, and salt on top of the batter and stir well to incorporate. Add in remaining flour and mix until just incorporated.

Bourbon Pumpkin  Bread - add leaveners

6)     Fold the chopped pecans into the batter.

7)     Divide the batter evenly between the 2 prepared loaf pans and bake in preheated oven for 1 hour and 10 minutes.

Bourbon Pumpkin  Bread - pour batter into pans

8)     Once bread has been removed from the oven, let the loafs pans cool until comfortable to handle and then remove loaves. Set on wire rack to cool completely before storing.

Bourbon Pumpkin  Bread - finished bread

Bourbon Pumpkin  Bread - sliced bread 3

Vanilla Salt – Homemade Gifts for the Holidays

Vanilla Salt 4I am trying to take my own advice about remembering to breath. Is that working for anyone, by the way? Lol! Oh yes, Christmas is racing towards us.  This year, I decided to make as many Christmas presents as I possibly could. Partly to cut down on costs, but mostly to make myself stop and think about something besides work, bills, chores, and even the blog…to stop and think about my loved ones. Today, I am sharing with you one of these homemade gifts: Vanilla Salt.

During the holiday’s last year I was spending a lot of time in Charleston, South Carolina for work. My last trip was just before Christmas. I remember scouring King, Market, and East Bay Streets for presents. One Homemade Giftsof the shops I popped into just off Market is the Spice & Tea Exchange. If you have one of these franchises near year, I definitely recommend a visit if just to experience the fabulous smell of the shop. You’ll find one of the largest gathering of spice blends I have ever seen along with amazing infused salts and sugars, tea blends and more.  While I was wandering and opening jars to smell and taste, I saw one of the store employees measuring out truffle salt for a customer and I got a glimpse at the process as a number of tools and supplies were in the same area. “I can do something like this,” I thought to myself.  I also asked the lady if I could get a couple of bags of the truffle salt, too!  (Yum!)

Fast forward a year later and I’m thinking about what I can make Vanilla Salt 1everyone for Christmas.  Out of my back pocket came the infused salt and sugar ideas. My sister and almost all of my friends love food and (mostly) enjoy cooking. Making them “gourmet” blends would be perfect and bring some fun into their kitchens and dishes. Liking interesting flavor combinations, I thought vanilla salt (over vanilla sugar) would be a delicious, yet practical, treat.  It’s still salt, after all, and who doesn’t love vanilla?

Now please do remember that this is salt! The beautiful vanilla aroma will fool you into thinking you’re about to place a few sweet crystals on your tongue when you are not. Use it as a nice finishing salt. I’m still experimenting with the portion I set aside for myself. So far it goes great on seared scallops and savory butternut squash dishes.  Recently, I  used it on freshly grated hashed browns I threw in a skillet with butter. That little bit of vanilla in the salt enhanced the creaminess of the butter to the point of “wow!” My next project is to use the Vanilla Salt in my Christmas cookies in place of the regular salt. Needless to say I am pretty confident my friends will enjoy this gift!

Vanilla Salt 2

Vanilla Salt

IngredientsVanilla Salt Ingredients
  • 1 vanilla bean (seeds and pod)
  • 1 cup coarse sea salt

Other

  • Food processor
  • Empty clean jar

Directions

  1. Pour salt into the bowl of a food processor. I have a mini processor, so I worked in 1 cup batches of salt. If you have a larger processor, follow the ratio of 1 vanilla bean per cup of salt. For a faster and more intense vanilla flavor, increase the amount of vanilla bean.
  2. With a sharp paring knife, slice the vanilla bean lengthwise in Vanilla Salt Vanilla Caviarhalf so that you have two sections.
  3. Take a vanilla bean half, hold down one end, and use the back of your paring knife to scrape out as much of the vanilla “caviar” (the seeds) as possible. Add the vanilla caviar to the salt.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 on the other half of the vanilla bean. Set empty pod(s) to the side.
  5. Pulse salt and vanilla caviar together in the processor until Vanilla Salt Blending Salt and Vanillawell blended. You may want to use a flat spatula to push salt back down the sides of the processor bowl once or twice if you have a moister sea salt like I did.
  6. Place the scraped vanilla bean pod(s) into your jar.Vanilla Salt Adding Pods
  7. Pour the salt and vanilla caviar mixture into the jar, ensuring that the pod is burried in as much salt as possible.
  8. Close jar and set aside somewhere cool and dry for at least a week to allow the salt to be infused with the vanilla. If you are patient enough, I would recommend at least two weeks if not more. The longer you let the salt “steep” with the vanilla, the more vanilla flavor you’ll get (vice just the fragrance).
  9. When your desired “infusion” time is over, add the salt back Vanilla Salt Blending Pods Into Saltinto the food processor along with the vanilla pods. Pulse until well blended.
  10. For gifts, dispense evenly into spice jars or containers and decorate with labels, ribbons…anything you like!

Vanilla Salt Final Processing

Tip – If you have a moist salt like I did and want to dry it out a bit, bake the plain salt at 250°F for about 10-15 minutes. Wait until COMPLETELY COOL before adding the vanilla. Trust me on this one. I did two batches: one where I baked the salt after infusing it for two weeks…and then a batch where I baked the salt first then added the vanilla while the salt was still warm (In my defense I thought it had cooled!)…Doing either of these two will cause the vanilla salt to take on a baked fragrance, think Christmas cookies, rather than the fresh vanilla you’re aiming for.

Vanilla Salt 3

Happy Holidays! ~Ruth