Picture of Chalt 2 - Bringing chilli to every meal
In my previous instructable "Chalt, the condiment of 2012 and beyond" I detailed how to make chilli salt using the method of frying and baking chillies with salt http://www.instructables.com/id/Chalt-The-condiment-for-2012-and-beyond/.

The result was pretty good but the process was pretty hazardous and there were still problems with moisture in the salt. So taking in some suggestions and with a bit of lateral thinking I decided to try a different method.

I am currently staying in the middle of nowhere away from any shops so I had to use what was laying around. Luckily I had some salt and some chillies, so that was enough for a proof of concept.

Now a quick warning (the first one) - If you live with people it may beneficial to explain that you are in fact making Chalt and that you have not resorted to cooking Meth for money (you will see what I mean later).

The second warning: The fumes from this process are, although I think pretty harmless, quite noxious. I had to abandon my hob top boiling because where I am now there is no extractor and I was choking everyone in the house. I will explain how I tried to get around this during the instructable.

Anyway here it is Chalt 2: "Salt but not as we no it."
OmniaFaciat2 years ago
This is a great idea. I used this same principle to make an amino-rich garlic salt, which turned out very well. I haven't actually tried Chalt yet, but I do intend to.
Did you use the word 'recrystallisation' in your 'ible? Because you could try getting chalt from the solution in the same way a high school kid gets copper sulfate crystals from their solution. It'd give bigger crystals.

1. Find a nice clean jar (smoth glass, preferrably), some string, a piece of wood or something to suspend your string into the glass from, and a place to leave it - an undisturbed, sunny windowsill is the best.

2. Super-saturate your chalt solution (maybe you need to do it outside for the sake of everyone's eyeballs?).

3. Whilst it's still fairly hot-warm (but not going to break the glass), pour the solution into the jar.

4. Get yourself a 'seed crystal' (either a bigger piece of your previous chalt crystals, or a sea salt crystal), tie it to the string, and set it up so the seed crystal is in the liquid but not touching the sides or bottom of the jar.

5. Put in safe place and leave for a day or three. The idea is that the longer it takes to cool down, the bigger the crystals will be (also if you don't move/bump it).

As the water evaporates, you should be left with nice big chunks of chalt on your string.

Yum, let us know how Chalt v. 1.3 goes!
bamboo42 (author)  Procrastinateher3 years ago
Thank you for your comment. This was the next plan of action. I would have forgotten about the seed crystals though so thanks a lot for that. I wonder how much it will produce, I guess the longer you leave it the better and it depends on how much salt is in the solution.

jkendall13 years ago
I have a batch of Bhut Jolokia, Habaneros, and Jalapenos in the garden. I'm always looking for new things to do with the mess of chilis I get every year. Thanks for the suggestion!
I think the reason your chalt looked 'dirty' is because you mixed Red and Green chiles. I have some commercial Ghost Pepper Infused Sea Salt that is a bit redder than your chalt. Try ticking to one color of pepper and see if that improves the color. Or just forget about the color and remember that there are already lots of brown spices that are quite tasty.
bamboo42 (author)  MysticHobo19823 years ago
I didn't think of of the mixing of chilli colours, that could well have an effect. My first batch was made with just red and it did seem a bit better, Thanks MysticHobo. I will try that with Chalt v1.3
Humor and good ible, does it get any better?
bamboo42 (author)  GyroGearLoose473 years ago
Thank you sir, v kind.
"use with no caution" lol
Mitten3 years ago
Taste comparison to Chalt v1.0?
bamboo42 (author)  Mitten3 years ago
I have to say that Chalt v1.0 pips it on flavour but I don't think this is down to the process. Chalt v1.0 was made with scotch bonnets and sea salt, whereas chalt v1.1 was made with standard chillies and table salt due to sparsity of ingredients available.

This is certainly the method, just need better quality ingredients.

My work shall continue