I love the flavor-punch that herb seasoning salts add to our favorite dishes and recipes! What I don’t like is how much I have to spend to buy ones made with organic herbs and quality sea salt. And in the small town, where I live, if I buy seasoning salt straight off the grocery store shelf, it costs less, but I often find I’m getting mostly fillers and anti-clumping chemicals. So, what’s a girl to do if she wants great value for her dollar, maximum flavor and only “real food” in her herb seasoning salt? Why make her own, of course! Inspiration for this recipe came from Gnowfglins.
Is it wrong to get such a kick out of saving money and adding nutrition to products my family already loves? I hope not, because this recipe includes a couple of ingredients that I have only just begun to learn about. Both of them could be omitted and your seasoning salt would still be great, but adding them kicks the health value up and amps the flavor profile at the same time.
I talked to you about the health benefits and flavor of nutritional yeast when I showed you how to make Taco Seasoning, a few posts back. Remember, this is NOT the same as the yeast you use for baking. It won’t work to use regular yeast.
Kelp is an herb that grows underwater. It’s been shown to be a source of 46 minerals, 16 amino acids and 11 different vitamins. It contains high levels of iodine, so for those of us who have made the switch to high quality sea salts from processed salt that has been iodized, it is a great source of that important mineral.
Iodine is important for healthy thyroid and pituitary systems. (It’s important to note that too much iodine is as big a problem as not having enough, so if you’re still using iodized salt, it would be a good idea to omit this ingredient from the recipe, below.) The iodine in kelp also helps to regulate metabolism and body temperature. A few other important nutrients derived from kelp are: Calcium, Iron, Potassium, Vitamin B1, B2, B12 and polysaccharides. Kelp also contains compounds that benefit the digestive system and help our systems to “detox”. Kelp can be helpful for strengthening connective tissues like hair, skin and nails. Because it can provide so much nutrition, it’s important to me to know that the kelp I purchase is the highest quality and harvested from safe waters.
Mountain Rose Herbs is a company I trust for organic herbs and ingredients like kelp powder. At their website, they say, “Kelp is an underwater plant with a majestic form, deep green color and a high nutritional yield. Commonly referred to as “seaweed” this botanical beauty is not from the common “seaweed”, but rather a different classification of plant entirely. Care and importance should be taken when consuming kelp and one should know its origin. Many of the world’s oceans are suffering from pollution, so it is best to use a Kelp product from clean, pristine and protected ocean. Hawaii, Iceland, Canada, and the North West United States are all choice locations for quality Kelp products. ” That’s why Mountain Rose Herbs has been my choice for obtaining the ingredients in this recipe. The best, intense flavor and the highest quality organics mean their ingredients translate to gorgeous flavor in my recipes! (Kelp should not be used if you are pregnant.)
- 1 cup sea salt (I use Real Salt)
- 2 teaspoon oregano
- 1 teaspoon thyme
- 1 teaspoon basil
- 1 teaspoon dill
- 2 teaspoons garlic powder
- 2 teaspoons ground sage
- 1 teaspoon celery seed
- 1 teaspoon dry rosemary leaves
- 1 teaspoon mustard seed
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ginger
- 1 Tablespoon onion powder
- 2 Tablespoons paprika
- ¾ cup dried parsley
- 1 Tablespoon kelp powder
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- Place all ingredients in blender and process until they are incorporated into a fine powder.
- Store in an airtight container or divide into shakers. (Shakers of this tasty seasoning make great gifts!)
- Use to season soups, meat and any savory dish.