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Two Simple Condiments, Countless Uses

Chile lime salt

Making condiments may sound too involved, but having house-made spice combinations on hand will make cooking so much easier.  Lime Salt and Chile Lime Seasoning are simple to put together and will add tons of flavor to just about anything.  If you don’t have limes, use lemons.  No Aleppo pepper on hand?  Use red pepper flakes or any other dried chile flake.  You will be happy to have these mixes available all the time.  Please note that grams are used in these recipes as unit of measure for precision purposes; some of the ingredient amounts may be too scant for teaspoon or tablespoon amounts.

Ingredients and Method

For Lime Salt

  • 330 grams kosher salt
  • 13 grams lime zest
  • Combine salt and lime zest.   Store in a container.  It will last several months.  Use this to season food instead of regular salt for a citrusy kick or rim a glass for a margarita.

For Chile Lime Salt

  • 30 grams lime salt
  • 34 grams Aleppo pepper flakes
  • 1 gram Chile d’Arbol powder
  • 2 grams smoked paprika, preferably bitter-sweet
  • 3 grams citric acid*

Combine all ingredients.  Store in a container.  This will also last a very, very long time.  Try sprinkling the spicy, limey mix on fruit, toss on popcorn, add to salads or pizza, like they do in Mexico. This can be your MSG-free adobo!

*Citric acid is an all natural preservative found in sour citrus fruits such as lemons and limes. It is helpful in reducing spoilage in foods and is also a good substitute for salt.

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