No Recipe Needed: 2 Kitchen Hacks You’ll Love!!

A while back we shared some really easy recipes that taste great and look like they took a lot more effort than is really required, along with the promise of more to come.  So here we have 2 more simple, no-brainer kitchen hacks that will help boost your confidence in the kitchen and get you cooking real food!!

Spiced Salt:  this might just be the best thing ever.  Apologies to the writer of the cookbook we found it in, (memory loss is a tragic thing)  but that person is a genius. However we did adapt it to our taste. It’s a simple mixture of kosher salt, garlic and spices. It makes EVERYTHING it touches taste delicious.  And it is so easy.

2 cups of kosher salt   *   25 cloves of garlic (roughly 2 heads)  *   the following dried spices:

  • 1.5 tablespoons onion flakes
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon ginger
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • and 2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary.

Blend it all together in a food processor.  Put it in a jar.  That’s it.  The copious amount of salt preserves the fresh garlic, so there’s no need to refrigerate it.  Keep it on your counter, because we promise you’re going to be using it all the time.  (We love it on our potatoes!!)

Speaking of potatoes, how about adding some spiced salt to your hash browns?  Need a recipe?  Nah, you really don’t.

Food52 is a fabulous website and blog that we follow here at the Brampton.  It covers so many different topics that it’s becoming one of our most used resources for new recipes. But one of our favorite features is their “Not Recipes” column.  In all honesty, it is the inspiration for this post and the previously mentioned one!   You really don’t always need a recipe for things.  Sometimes it’s just about ratios and proportions.  So grab some potatoes and an onion if you feel like it, and try this very cool technique for amazing hash browns. Just don’t forget to add the special salt!

Enjoy!