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Another super easy and cheap Christmas or Hanukkah present

Happy now Elaina?  I put the word Hanukkah in the title of a post.

A few months ago, I saw a recipe that called for lavender salt.  Lavender salt is reported to be wonderful on poultry and salads.  A quick search on a fancy pants foodie website showed lavender salt at $6 for 4 oz.  Yeah, no thanks.  I thought “how hard could it be to make lavender salt”?


Take salt.  And dried lavender.  And a jar.  And there you go.

Let it “marinate” for a few weeks to get that nice lavender flavor.

I didn’t spring for fancy salt for this recipe, so this entire batch cost me $.39.  I use Real Salt at home, and get 26 oz of it for $5.90 from Azure Standard, but my order had yet to arrive, and I opted for the cheapo stuff.  The lavender is from my garden.

I’m trying to figure out how to give it away as gifts.  I figure if I put them in cute little baggies, I’ll look like a drug dealer.

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12 comments on “Another super easy and cheap Christmas or Hanukkah present”

  1. You have made my day, my week, my year!

  2. This is a great idea for presents. Maybe you could find small jars?

  3. What ratio of salt to lavendar did you use?

  4. E, jeez, you’re easy to please!

    Michelle, I’ve been thinking about that! I ordered pretty jars last year for my vanilla, and they were super cheap. I still have some leftover…

    Anonymous (is that you dad?), I did 1 big thing of salt to probably 15 or 20 “sticks” of lavender.

  5. This looks amazing and I will definitely be doing this! I have started vanilla but this would be a fab component!

  6. Check the Dollar Store for cheap salt shakers. That would be cute and useful.

  7. I was thinking some of those clear cheap salt shakers, cover with a bit of wrap and ‘anonymouses’ think alike LOL! just found your blog from a link on Judy’s blog so am checking it out! so far I’m hungry after the menu post – haven’t had chicken and dumplings in a loonng time!


  8. You anonymous with your “group think”. HA! I love the salt shaker idea, and will have to check out what I can find.

    I think it’s time for chicken and dumplings for you. Fall beckons and the weather demands soup!

  9. The little bottles that Starbucks coffee comes in like in Sam’s are a great size. I have homemade vanilla extract “curing” in my closet in them for gifts.

  10. I received some lavender sea salt in a gift basket once and loved it. It was surprisingly good as a steak rub. It came in a tin (like Vic’s comes in), but it had a clear top. Tin containers would be great. You can get them inexpensively at Also, 4 oz. jelly jars would be lovely as well. I recently made some more for myself and can’t wait to use it.

  11. I bet you could use Epsom salt for lavender bath soak. As far as a gift idea, an envelope with a label that states what it is for & befitting pictures would go great in a gift basket or small gift tin with other foodie items.