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Citrus salt and zest are not just for the gourmet cook! Did you know the peels are loaded with nutrients? It adds great flavors to salads, fish, and desserts! This method is a great way to use fruit before it spoils. The peels can be frozen and cut up later. The juice can be frozen and when recipes call for 2 Tablespoons of lemon juice you have it already measure out! This recipe will give any cook a nice Valentine's Day gift and it is quick, easy, and very inexpensive to make! This tutorial was inspired by the Valentine's Contest. Let's make some Confetti!  

Step 1: Ingredients and Utensils

Ingredients:

Citrus peels
Course sea salt or salt flakes
Seasonings as desired I used parsley for the lemon salt.
 
Tools:
Cookie sheet
Knife
Juicer 
Jars with lids
Food grater or zester

Step 2: Preparations


Wash and dry the fruit.
Zest the peel using a zester or grater.

 

Step 3: Juicing the Citrus

Juice the fruit.
Place the juice into a mini ice cube tray and freeze for future use.

Step 4: Cut the Peel Into Shapes

Using a knife remove the white section of the peels. This part is bitter and you do not want it in your citrus salt.
Using the knife and cookie cutter cut the peels into shapes as desired.

Step 5: Mix the Ingredients

1/2 Cup course sea salt or salt flakes. 
1 Tablespoon citrus zest
1/2 Tablespoon parsley if desired

Mash the salt into the zest using your fingers to release the fruit oils. You will begin to notice an oily appearance when the oils are released.

Step 6: Dry the Zest

You can use sugar instead of salt for a different flavor and use different seasonings. 

You can dry the citrus salt in the oven at 225 degrees for a couple of hours.
OR
Let them air dry overnight on a cookie sheet or shallow dish.
Fill jars with the citrus salt and seal with a lid.
 

Step 7: Sunshiine's Final Thoughts

Oh how I wished I could buy Meyers lemons here! They make the best citrus zest, delicious desserts and tasty snacks!

I wish to thank instructables, our sponsors, authors, and loyal readers for making this place a wonderful place to hang out! Thanks for stopping by and please remember to have a splendorous day!

Sunshiine
we been making lemon salt for our beer for years like this. now they sell beer salt for outrageous prices.
Thanks for sharing! I have not priced it. Have a great day. <br>sunshiine
Oh, yeas! I will definitely try this! <br> <br>Looks great, what a nice gift!
You will enjoy doing this trust me. I wished I had made stars also. It was great fun. Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting! I hope your day shines! <br>sunshiine
lol... there is zero doubt that you and I are cosmically-related. I've got a salt in the works! ;-)
Awesome! Do you ever have trouble finding spices, herbs, or fruits where you are? It can be frustrating! Keep on shining! <br>sunshiine
This is so so pretty! I'm about to run our of citrus salt. I think I'll need to make mine fancy next time, too!
Thanks Jessy! I took over 100 pictures to try and capture how pretty it looked and still did not get the perfect picture. Some days are like that. Spices are so expensive! I hope to grow my own next year and have everything I need. Hope you day shines! <br>sunshiine
Awesome recipe! thanks for sharing! :-)
Thanks again! this place is so fun! You already know that though! <br>Sunshiine

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