What's New: Make Your Own Salt-free Seasoning!

There are so many options these days for salt-free seasoning blends including a variety from Mrs. Dash and McCormick. But have you ever thought about making your own custom blend? Here is a recipe I found several years ago in the Delicious Living magazine. It is made with spices I had on hand in my kitchen and it is possible to vary spices according to your tastes and preferences. You can keep this substitute in a shaker right on the table, or use it as you cook meats, veggies, pasta or even popcorn! Enjoy!

Salt-free Seasoning

1 tsp paprika
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp ground red pepper
1 tsp celery seed
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp dried lemon peel

Blend all ingredients and fill a large-holed shaker with the mixture.
Makes about 3 tablespoons.
Sprinkle this table-salt substitute over meats, vegetables, pasta or popcorn.

Recipe from Delicious Living magazine, November 2007
Tips on how to hold down the salt in recipes:

Salt functions in recipes as a flavor enhancer and suppresses the bitter taste sensation. But did you know that vinegar (like lemon juice) functions in the same way and brightens the remaining taste sensations? Chefs have discovered that a dash of vinegar, or about 1/8 teaspoon, enlivens the flavor of everything from soups to stews to sauces. Use plain white vinegar with at least 6 percent acidity or match the vinegar to the flavor of the dish, such as red wine vinegar in a dish that contains red wine. So instead of reaching for the salt shaker to boost the final flavor or your dish, consider a touch of vinegar to enhance flavor and reduce your intake of salt!

Source: Cook’s Illustrated magazine, March; April 2011

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