Vanilla Sea Salt: Wake up your sweet and savory side

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It isn’t very often that two simple ingredients come together in a new way that changes the essence of both, while still allowing each to shine. But such IS the case with simply amazing Vanilla Sea Salt.

Sure, we’ve all been sprinkling our sweets with sea salt for a few years now, and infusing sugar with vanilla bean for decades. Since neither go bad, they have become true pantry staples that can change an ordinary dish into something special. Imagine my delight and surprise when I came across two references in the same week to vanilla salt.

My first thought was “Whaaaaa?” My second thought was, “Did I leave the cat out today?” And my third thought, the one that really stuck was, “I have to try this!”

I distinctly remember dashing into the test kitchen on my break, grabbing a box of Maldon Crystal Sea Salt from the pantry, and then raiding fellow test baker Susan Reid’s supply of vanilla beans. (Er, hi, Susan. Surprise!?)

Snip, snip, snip for the vanilla beans, stuff, stuff, stuff down into the salt. The hardest part was waiting two weeks for the flavor to mellow and infuse. A couple of snitches as time went by kept me informed about how the blend was coming along. Shaking the jar every few days helped distribute the vanilla seeds as they came out of the cut pods, too.

And now, the results…

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Try a different sweet/savory combination than berries and balsamic…

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I’m not even a huge fan of apricots, but the salt really worked for me as a pairing…

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Have a special summer dinner for two planned? Tart fruit and mild vanilla salt can work for either an appetizer or dessert.

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And last but not least, a summer classic: salted watermelon at a picnic can’t be beat.

Why not surprise the crowd this year with a new take on their old favorite? Stash some vanilla bean + salt away today, and you’ll have them eating out of your hand by the 4th of July.

Please make, rate, and review our recipe for Vanilla Sea Salt.

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Special thanks to King Arthur Flour’s PR maven and talented in-house photographer, Julia Reed, for the lovely photos.

MaryJane Robbins
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MaryJane Robbins grew up in Massachusetts and moved to Vermont 20 years ago. After teaching young children for 15 years, she changed careers and joined King Arthur Flour in 2005. MaryJane began working on King Arthur Flour's baker’s hotline in 2006, and the blog team ...

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  1. Kalisa

    The simplest things are often the best discoveries! I would have never thought to try and make vanilla infused sea salt, despite the fact that I have a bag of vanilla-sugar in my pantry right now. Sounds like it would be wonderful on the upcoming ice creams I have planned, and I love the idea of sprinkling it on fresh fruit!

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    1. MaryJane Robbins , post author

      You could mix in vanilla powder with the salt if you don’t have fresh beans. Avoid liquid vanilla, it will just melt the salt. ~ MJ

  2. Luxury Yacht Charter Turkey

    The simplest things are often the best discoveries! I would have never thought to try and make vanilla infused sea salt. You could mix in vanilla powder also.

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