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Saturday, September 20, 2008

A little sprinkle

The empty bottle of Simply Organic All-Seasons Salt has been sitting on the counter for a week so today was the day to fix the emptiness. Buying pre-made spice mixes is probably not going to take anybody broke, but hey, why not make your own if it's a simple process. And it is for the most part.

After calculating the approximate proportion of salt in the original version (compare sodium content in one serving of season salt to sodium content in one serving of table salt) and estimating the other seasonings according to their place in the ingredient list, you get a pretty good blend. I maybe leaned a little heavier on the "red stuff" because I really like paprika (my Mom always called it "red stuff"- to this day we have to have lots of "red stuff" sprinkled on Mom's potato salad or it's just not complete).

Famous Brand All Seasons Salt Imposter Recipe

Ingredients for about 4.75 ounces, which will fit in the original 4.73 ounce jar:

6 Tbs. sea salt
4 Tbs. paprika (for a little kick, use 1 Tbs. hot, 3 Tbs. sweet, or even half and half)
2 tsp. sugar
1.5 tsp. garlic granules or powder
1.5 tsp. onion granules or powder
1 tsp. ground celery seed
1 tsp. dried oregano
1 tsp. turmeric powder (I might try a little dry mustard instead next time, since turmeric really doesn't do much but add color)

Pulse all ingredients in a food processor or blender to thoroughly combine. Store in a tightly sealed jar in a cool, dry place.

The original commercial formula uses silicon dioxide as an anti-caking agent. The FDA requires anti-caking agents to be less than 2% by weight of the product, so about 2 grams would be 1.5% for this recipe.

I'm just keeping a 500 mg calcium carbonate tablet in the jar to see if that helps prevent clumps.

Update 1/25/09: so far so good, no serious clumps. I think this trick is a keeper.

Update 3/21/09: Still no clumps! The original bottle contents turned into a brick before being used up and needed frequent breaking up. I guess the summer humidity will be the true test...

Update 9/5/09: Test results final- the calcium tablet works great. Pulled out the jar, saw the contents were a little stuck together, and gave it two or three shakes. Free flowing once again!