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Top Rated Salt Recipes

Salt-roasting is a fun and different way to cook any vegetable or fish. The salt traps in the moisture and steams the ingredient, while also permeating the outside layer providing an incredibly deep-layered flavor. Use these roasted beets anyway you would normal roasted beets. Try them in this Organic Beet Salad With Oranges and Beet Greens, segmented oranges and herbs, or slice thin for a Salted Beet Carpaccio. Check out all of our best beet recipes here!

Salted caramel and chocolate is a trendy pairing in desserts and confections. You'll see what the fuss is all about when you bite into one of these decadent cookies.Recipe courtesy of McCormick

Add an Italian flavor to your cooking with this herb-infused Tuscan salt.This recipe is courtesy of Splendid Table.

Add a sticky, sweet taste to any regular 'ol grape. Don't forget to sprinkle with salted caramel too. Courtesy of McCormick

Mexican street corn, a.k.a. elotes, is something that everyone should try at least once in their life. This easy riff on the classic street food has just five ingredients and a zesty lime salt that is beyond delicious.This recipe is courtesy of Morton Salt.

These soft and creamy caramels are rich and buttery. They're not hard to make, but you do need a candy thermometer; if the caramels aren't cooked to the correct temperature, they won't be chewy. Once you learn to make them, experiment by adding spices or other flavors to the molten caramel like cinnamon, cayenne, or bourbon.Click here to see more of our best caramel recipes.

A spicy tomato sauce perfectly complements fried salt cod. Salt cod is dried fish, preserved using salt. It’s an acquired taste so if you like a more mellow fish, try substituting with Chilean sea bass. Recipe courtesy of Chef Alessandro Gargani.

This fudge recipe actually has some healthful components to it. Don’t feel guilty digging into this salty, sweet treat that is made rich thanks to avocado instead of butter.

A sweet caramel custard stuffed inside a flakey pastry shell doused in rich chocolate ganache and salted caramel — what more could you want out of a dessert? — Leigh-Anne Anderson

If you love potaotes try roasting them on a salt bed!

These salt crusted beets are the perfect addition to all your salads this season.

Growing up, seafood was best made with as little as possible. The importance was always to taste the fish itself, rather than the sauce you drowned it in. I still abide by this philosophy in my kitchen, extending it from seafood to meat to produce. This recipe uses simple ingredients to enhance the natural flavors of the fish and packs in a lot of kick from the pepper. (I served it with a cold pasta salad, made with rotini pasta, a little bit of olive oil, crumbled feta cheese, and cannellini beans.)Click here to see 8 Great Salmon Recipes.


Homemade Bath Salts

If you’re anything like me, I bet you rarely finish a day without feeling stressed. I’ve got to take care of the kids and keep my hubby happy.

There’s always a lot to work on, cook, clean, and, of course, keep this DIY blog in tip-top shape! It’s a full life, but by 8 pm, I’m always ready to crash.

A few weeks ago, I hit a wall and knew I was in need of some serious R&R. I deserved it!

There’s no better way to unwind than soaking in a hot tub with aromatherapy DIY bath salts. So that’s exactly what I started doing once a week.

I made a wonderful floral bath salt recipe and started soaking for an hour (yes, an entire hour!), every Thursday night. You can do it yourself and de-stress, too!

Check out some of these great DIY bath salts I’ve collected for you.

Here are a few supplies you need:

1. Magnesium Rose Bath Salts

This is a great way to detox and raise your magnesium levels, which means better sleep and fewer headaches. Here are more instructions for making magnesium rose bath salts.

Magnesium Definition: A mineral responsible for the many processes in the body such as blood vessel and muscle relaxation and calming cramps.

2. Lavender Mint Bath Salts

Everyone loves the therapeutic power of lavender and its relaxing effects. The refreshing scent of mint makes it extra enticing too.

Check out this easy-to-follow recipe for the lavender mint bath salts.

3. Congestion Relief DIY Bath Salts

Try this for effective sinus pressure, congestion, and cold relief. It’s a natural remedy that works wonders for relieving stuffy nose and even headaches.

Simply mix the ingredients and then add a cup of this bath salt to a warm bath.

4. Nighty Night Bath Salts

Ease into the night with this Nighty night bath salt recipe. It’s rich in magnesium and nourished with essential oils to help you relax for a good night’s sleep – something we all need!

5. Orange Green Tea Bath Salt Recipe

The orange scent alleviates anxiety, while green tea offers a refreshing scent and gives skin a nice glow. Putting them together promises a relaxing time.

All you need to do is add a spoonful or two of the mixture into your bath. Click here for the recipe.

6. Vanilla DIY Bath Salts

Here’s a sweet treat for a stressful day. Aside from the calming effect, this bath salt also has antioxidant properties for cleansing.

The vanilla scent will put you in a relaxed mood, ready for slumber.

7. Baked Apple Pie Bath Salts

Who doesn’t want to feel like they’re bathing in warm apple pie? This mix of salt and fragrance is great for warm baths to keep you relaxed.

Watch out – you might be tempted to eat it! Click here for the recipe.

8. Peppermint Bath Salts

These DIY bath salts are an easy recipe that will leave you refreshed. Its cooling effect will make you want to keep it on your skin longer.

Here are instructions on how to make this homemade peppermint bath salts recipe.

9. Mermaid Bath Salts

Can you feel the ocean breeze yet? This mix of Epsom salt, rosemary, lavender, and germanium is great for some healing and de-stress.

You’ll feel like you’re on a beach trip with this mermaid bath salt recipe. Get the recipe here.

10. Peach Passion Bath Salts

The combination of peach and lemongrass creates a soothing aroma perfect for relaxation. Peach passion bath salts will make your skin soft and smooth as a peach and leave you smelling like one too.

11. Eucalyptus and Spearmint Bath Salts

Feel fresh and clean after every bath with eucalyptus and spearmint bath salts. Its double dose of minty aromas will invigorate you, and the scent also helps in stress relief.

12. Romantic Bath Salts

Can you feel the love tonight? Take a bath with these romantic bath salts and get in the mood.

The recipe is very easy combining Ylang Ylang, Idaho blue spruce, your preferred essential oil, and Epsom salt.

13. Pink Grapefruit Bath Salt

Grapefruit scent helps cheer you up. Grapefruit oil has been used for centuries in treating hangover symptoms, weight gain, and inflammation, just to name a few.

Check out this recipe for the pink grapefruit bath salts.

14. Chocolate Bath Salts

Chocolate makes everything better. Apart from its delicious taste, cocoa has amazing health benefits and contains antioxidants good for the skin.

A nice hot bath with chocolate bath salts is perfect to end your busy day.

15. Coconut Lime Bath Salts

Go loco over coco! These DIY bath salts will whisk you away on that tropical getaway that you’ve been dreaming of.

The recipe is super simple and gives off a soothingly unique scent of coconut and lime.

16. Cinnamon Bath Salt

Do you like cinnamon? Imagine yourself soaking in a hot tub relaxing with its delightful scent.

Cinnamon decreases inflammation, so this bath salt benefits sensitive skin as well. Get the recipe here.

17. Floral Bath Salts

Feel like a princess roaming around the garden. This floral scent will help you chill out after a long day.

It has a pleasant smell and looks pretty too! Check out the recipe here.

Look how easy it is to make your own floral bath salt in this video by Luscious Bar:

When you feel the need for some pampering after a long busy day, there’s nothing more satisfying than soaking with these DIY bath salts. Choose your favorite recipe and enjoy making homemade bath salts to give you a calm and restful bath.

Which of these DIY bath salts do you want to try to make yourself? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below!

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 23, 2018, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

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WHAT IS SALT DOUGH?

Simply put, SALT DOUGH is… a dough that is primarily used for crafting and creating when hardened.

According to popular recipes and pictures found on Pinterest, you might describe Salt Dough as:

Almost all of the recipes are the same, with a few changes for color, texture or scents (which we will explore next month).

As you will read from my co-hosts, there are a few variations and differing opinions as to the proportions, temperatures and how to make it. Let’s find out more about it!


The Very Best Salt Dough Recipe Ever

Salt dough is a great craft idea for kids of all ages. With salt dough, you can make just about anything – from crafts to ornaments to sculptures to maps and more. It’s a great way to encourage your children to be creative and extend your educational activities. (Plus, it’s just plain fun to squish the dough with your fingers!) As an added bonus, it’s extremely inexpensive to make and it can go directly in the oven to dry, making it even more versatile as a crafting medium.

So gather your ingredients and let’s get started!

Ingredients:

  1. Mix salt and flour together in a large bowl.
  1. Gradually stir in water. Mix well until it forms a doughy consistency.
  1. Knead with your hands to form a ball. The longer you knead the smoother it will become.

Coloring Your Dough

Salt dough can be colored in several ways. It can easily be painted with acrylic paint. For special gifts and long-term safekeeping, you may want to seal it with a polyurethane spray once it has dried.

Natural colorings are also a great option to add a little something special to your salt dough. They should be added during the mixing and kneading process. Instant coffee and cocoa will color your dough and give it a nice smell as well. Berries, beet juice, and curry make nice natural colorings as well.

Lastly, you can use food coloring or food dye. It should be added while mixing and kneading. Take precaution not to stain your clothing or hands, no matter which method you choose.

Once you’ve made your dough, you can store it in an airtight container for several days. Make once and play for days! You may need to add a little water to the dough when you get it back out again. Re-kneading for 5 minutes before play is recommended to get the dough smooth and workable.

Baking the Dough

To bake your dough, place it in an oven on 200 degrees Fahrenheit until the creation is dried. The time needed will vary depending on the thickness and size of your creation. Thin ornaments take 45 minutes to an hour, while thicker creations such as salt dough maps and sculptures may take up to 3 hours or more.

Increasing your oven temperature will dry it out faster, but it can also cause your dough to brown or burn, so this it is not recommended.


Salt Dough Ornament Recipe

The best part about making salt dough is it’s easy! And you typically already have the ingredients on hand – salt, flour and water. Don’t worry if you don’t have the decoration supplies just yet. Make your batch of salt dough, bake and then let them air dry for a few days before decorating.

Just a friendly reminder that salt dough can be dangerous to pets if ingested – please keep out of reach of pets.

We’re going to show you how to make these glittery salt dough ornaments. Your Christmas tree will be glistening with these homemade ornaments!


I like to use non-toxic acrylic paint for salt dough ornaments. The color will go on much thicker and more vibrant than kids paint. We like this brand of acrylic paint.

You can use a heart for the shape around the handprints or you can use a circle.

For this one, we used a large heart cookie cutter as the handprints were small (baby handprints):

If you have larger handprints, you can trace around a heart print-out or use a knife (adults only) to draw a heart shape around the handprint.

We painted this one with acrylic red paint but you could choose green or even silver or gold. Then you can leave the handprint portion of the salt dough ornament either natural or use glue and add glitter to it like we did.


Ingredients and Preparation

In order to make the perfect homemade salt scrub, you'll need to gather a few ingredients, but the process shouldn't take more than five minutes of preparation time. The list of things you'll need to make three salt scrub treatments worth of salt scrub is fairly simple, but you should be cautious about which types of these basic ingredients you use:

For the oil, should use sweet almond, grapeseed, or another light-textured massage oil instead of cooking oil from your pantry. For the sea salt, Baleine is a good choice, but you can experiment with different brands and textures to see what feels best for your skin however, don't use iodized table salt as it's too harsh, and if you have sensitive skin, you can make a gentler sugar scrub instead.

The essential oil you use doesn't really matter beyond needing to be high-quality, and ultimately the oil you choose depends on the result you want to achieve: Lavender is relaxing, lemongrass is refreshing, and rosemary is stimulating. You can experiment and do your own blend of fragrances depending on your personal preferences.


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  • Make a hole in the center and pour in boiled water little by little (use glove to protect your hands or spoon to mix the flour if the water is too hot).
  • Mix theਏlour, salt and water, add water as necessary until it's not crumbly.
  • Knead the dough about 5 minutes until it's smooth.
  • Add the cooking oil to make the dough soft, pliable and smoother.
  • Put some of the dough on the baking paper, use your rolling pin and use your cookie cutter to make various shapes for  hanging򠷬orations or napkin rings. You can also mold the dough to make figurines or sculptures.
  • Turn on the oven to 325 degree Fahrenheit or about 160 degreeꃎlsius, bake the object you made as above for about 1 hour (or less depends on the size & quantity) or until it's hard. 
  • Wrap the rest of the dough with cling wrap and store in a fridge.   

I made salt dough leaf pendant with this recipe recently but without baking. 

We've also received requests from our web visitors to make a tutorial for rose salt dough without baking.

Many of them had a problem to keep the petals in place. It seems okay when the dough wet but crumbly when it's dry. 

Tips : Try adding 2 table spoon of rice flour and corn flour to your salt dough recipe to make it stronger. 

Click on the picture or link below to see rose salt dough tutorial without mold. 

And, these are 12 animal signs in Chinese zodiac  with baked salt dough . It's baked in the oven at 200 deg C for 20 minutes.

Do you want to see how to make salt dough? Click on the picture and link below.


Smoked Salt Recipe (How To Make It)

I suppose calling this a ‘smoked salt recipe’ might be a stretch for some. There’s only 1 ingredient (2 if you include the smoke – and I do) and there is little prep work involved. It is indeed very easy to make and requires very little skill.

But I’ve learned a few tricks that I think are worthy of sharing.

To make smoked salt you need a cold smoker (we use a BBQ and an A-MAZE-N Pellet Smoker). The BBQ isn’t lit (thus the ‘cold’ smoking) and wood pellets smolder after being lit by a blowtorch then blown out). It’s awesome.

But our smoker isn’t the ‘trick.’ You can do this with any source of smoke, including a camp fire.

Smoke loves moisture. Water attracts smoke and holds it’s flavor really well (many will smoke water to make smoky ice cubes for cocktails). Salt also loves moisture – it will absorb small amounts of moisture easily. We slightly increase the water content in our salt before smoking it to increase the absorption of smoke. You don’t have to do this but I think the extra minute of work is well worth the effort.


Directions

To make the starter: Put the potatoes in a large bowl, pour the boiling water over, then stir in the cornmeal, sugar, and salt. Place the bowl in a larger bowl of hot water, and set in a warm place where the temperature remains fairly steady-a gas oven with just the pilot light on, or an electric oven with the interior light on, or on top of the water heater. Replace the hot water two or three times-or whenever you think of it and it's convenient-over the next 24 hours. Then remove the potato slices from the bowl, and continue on with the sponge.

To make the sponge: Heat the milk until it is comfortably warm to your finger, then add it to the starter, along with the baking soda and 3 1/2 cups flour. Beat briskly until smooth-a hand rotary beater helps to smooth out the lumps. Cover with plastic wrap and again place in a larger bowl of hot water. Set in a warm place (see preceding suggestions), and let the sponge double in bulk-this usually takes 2 to 3 hours, but check it after 1 1/2 hours. When doubled, it will look creamy and light. Don't let it sit longer after it is creamy and light or it will lose its "cheesy" flavor and become sour.

To make the bread dough: Put 4 cups of the flour in a large bowl. Add the salt and mix lightly with a fork. Drop in the shortening and blend it in with your fingers- as though you were making pie dough-until the mixture looks like fine meal. Add the flour mixture to the sponge and beat until well mixed. Add enough more flour-1 or 2 cups- to make a soft, manageable dough you can knead. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for a minute or two. Let rest for 10 minutes.

Resume kneading until the dough is smooth (this dough is heavy and rather puttylike)-about 10 minutes. Divide in thirds and shape each piece into a loaf. Place in greased loaf pans. Cover with plastic wrap, set the pans in a larger pan of hot water, and again set in a warm place to rise. This final rise will take about 3 hours, and the loaves should increase in volume by about one third-this is less than the usual doubling in bulk. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 45 to 55 minutes, until golden brown. If in doubt, better to bake a few minutes longer than underbake. Turn out of the pans and cool on a rack.


Once you have made the dough and cut out the shapes you want then you need to dry them so you can paint them.

Traditionally the salt dough recipe is for drying in the oven but it can take 3 hours to dry a small ornament for the tree. Air drying can take a day or more.

Check out our classic salt dough recipe for how to dry salt dough in the oven.

Which is why following the instructions below carefully you can cut the drying time down to minutes and create a salt dough decoration in an hour or less.

But, the instructions do need to be carefully followed. You can't go and put it on full power for 3 minutes a lot will depend on the size and thickness of the dough how long it takes so watch out for that when you place it in the microwave.

Thinner decorations take a lot less time to dry.

How to Microwave Salt Dough

Salt Dough Star created by a toddler using this quick and easy dough recipe for the microwave

With your shapes ready to dry (don't forget to put a hole in if they are to be hung), place them on a piece of kitchen paper on top of a microwavable plate and into the microwave.

Then zap the salt dough in the microwave take it 10 seconds at a time.

Because each microwave is different and even your salt dough will be slightly different than mine.

  • Water softness, as well as the brands of salt and flour that we use, can make a difference.
  • The thickness of our ornaments will be different as well.

By microwaving for 10 seconds and checking means that you can avoid over-cooking and you will get smooth decorations like below ready to paint.

If, after 3 minutes, they are still a little wet then just put them back in for 10-second increments until they're done.

Let them cool, and then paint.

Salt Dough Decorations for kids to make with this quick and easy recipe

Check out our Salt Dough FAQ's if you want to know how best to store and even how to make white salt dough with the kids!