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Use Himalayan Salt Stones to Enhance your Perfect Picnic

family picnic recipes using Himalayan salt stones

The trees are budding, the flowers are blossoming, and you’re eager to prepare your first picnic of the season. Picnics are fun for the whole family, and can make for some tasty treats. Below, you’ll find some of the hottest recipes and ideas to make this year’s picnic an event to savour.

Whether you use your Himalayan salt stones to cook your picnic meal, serve your food, or keep appetizers cold, they are sure to add a touch of exotic flavour to your meal. It may seem intimidating at first, but the truth is using a salt stone is easy, it is a fun and a great way to add new flavours to your palate.

Cooking with Himalayan salt stones allows your food to take on some of the salty flavour of the block as you cook your food. Fish, steak, and eggs are some of the foods that work well on your salt stone. Keep in mind that to properly cook these foods, you must first heat your salt block to approximately 500°F (260°C). Heat it slowly to avoid cracking the block. Once it is at the correct temperature you can get started. You’ll find there are endless possibilities.

Himalayan salt stones also make for a unique serving platter, regardless of your location. Bringing your salt stone to a picnic is a great way to make your event memorable and extra special. The blocks are an effective and elegant way to keep food cold, and make good serving platters for your picnic food. Here are some ways to use your Himalayan salt stone while on-the-go:

Delicious Picnic Ideas for Summer

  1.    My Gourmet Himalayan Salt Block Pizza

Everyone loves pizza! Try cooking your next pizza on top of a Himalayan salt stone. This process gives the pizza a hint of saltiness throughout, enhancing the crust and giving it a mouthwatering flavour. The salt won’t be overpowering so feel free to add a few salty toppings if you prefer.

  1.    Tasty Himalayan Salt Asparagus Recipe

This recipe shows you how to make half-seared, half-steamed, super tasty asparagus. There are several spices and toppings you can add once you serve the asparagus (such as feta cheese) if you like, making this recipe truly unique. Just remember not to use any oils on your salt stone, as the oil can seep into the cracks and become rancid over time.

  1.    Salted Pineapple Slices

For this delicious finish to your picnic you’ll need to make sure your salt stone is still heated. Place several thin slices of pineapple onto the block and let them sizzle. Flip and repeat, so both sides are evenly exposed to the salt. Remove them from the salt stone and enjoy! You can also try this with other fruit, such as apples, watermelon and peaches. The unique flavours are delicious!

Where Can You Get a Himalayan Salt Stone?

Now that you have all these tasty ideas you probably want to give them a try. Get your very own Himalayan salt stone here and be sure to let us know how you enjoyed your picnic!

 

Spice Up Your Easter Dinner with Himalayan Salt

Easter Dinner Himalayan Salt
It’s that time of year again and the kitchen is sizzling with anticipation. With Easter dinner fast approaching it’s time to pick out the special dishes to serve your guests. If you’re looking for something different this year, why not try adding Himalayan salt to your recipes?

Why Himalayan salt? Well, for one, it’s much healthier than the typical white table salt many people use. Himalayan Salt also adds a more tasteful flavour to your dish and works with a variety of your favourite recipes!

How Can You Add Himalayan Salt to Your Easter Menu?

That’s easy! Any recipe that uses regular table salt can be made into a more tasty and healthy meal by simply substituting Himalayan salt. See below for a few mouthwatering Easter recipe ideas.

Main Course:

Start with the turkey. For many, this is a staple at the dinner table during Easter. To prepare the perfect turkey start by soaking it overnight in a mixture of Himalayan salt and water. This is called brining the turkey.

When you brine a turkey, the salt helps the meat stay moist and generally keeps 30-40% more moisture than you would without bringing. It also allows you to be creative in what flavours you want to add. If you’re worried about the salty taste being too high, be sure to learn how to control saltiness when brining.

Mid-Meal Snack or Appetizer:

Consider cooking a traditional “country” ham, using Himalayan salt, and serve it on top of crackers as an appetizer or mid-meal snack. Because country ham is already salty it’s better kept as a side, so your turkey can be the star of the show.

Easter Dessert:

Now for the best part —dessert! With so many flavours and recipes to choose from you may be wondering, “what would be best?”

One delicious option is macaroons made with chocolate and coconut. They’re a perfect, bite-sized treat and are great for both large gatherings and small get-togethers. Just bake as many batches as needed and set them out on a decorative Easter tray for guests to enjoy. Be sure to use Himalayan Salt to bring out the flavour!

Time to Get Cooking!

Now that you have your Easter menu, it’s always a good idea to remember any recipe can be altered to use Himalayan Salt in place of conventional salt. The health benefits, and the delightful taste are sure to amaze and thrill your guests and help make this Easter dinner one to drool over!

Get Kids In The Kitchen

Spring is officially here, which means warmer weather is on the way! With the change in season, kids tend to enjoy more outdoor activities and this can bring on its own set of problems. The main one being, finding time and ways to get your kids to eat healthy. We believe one of the best ways to get them excited about eating healthy is to get your kids in the kitchen!

Getting your younger ones to help out in the kitchen is the best way to educate them about appliances, techniques, and ingredients - like Himalayan salt. This will reinforce their confidence, independence and peak their curiosity to try new and healthy foods!
Research has shown that getting kids involved in the kitchen promotes growth and gives them the initiative to live a healthier lifestyle. We want children to be able to experience real food in the kitchen with their family, keeping a close eye on  what goes into their cooking, so they can make healthier decisions. Teaching your kids to use Himalayan Salt by including it in their recipes is another great way to ensure they feel good about what they’re making. That’s why we’ve come up with easy, fun, and nutritious recipes that children will be delighted to eat! Get the kids excited with quick meals, snacks and baking treats you can make together.

Here are 3 healthy and fun recipes kids can make in the kitchen with help from a supervised parent:

Himalayan Salt Coconut Oil Popcorn

Himalayan Salt Popcorn

There are many different types of kernels to choose, we suggest you buy them in bulk as they last a longer and buying a larger amount will save you money in the long run. For the first step, place the popcorn kernels and a tablespoon of coconut oil in a 3-quart pot over medium heat and cover with a lid. Shake the pot constantly as the popcorn pops. When popping slows to a few seconds (approximately after about 3 to 5 minutes) remove pot from the heat. Pour the popcorn into a large bowl and let it cool. Season with Himalayan salt to desired taste and enjoy :)

Chocolate Almond Mini Muffins with Himalayan Salt

Muffins with Himalayan Salt

INGREDIENTS
2½ cup almond flour
1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
3/4 cup raisins
Scant 3/4 tsp Himalayan Salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2/3 cup pure maple syrup
1/4 cup plus 2tbsp coconut oil, softened
1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)

INSTRUCTIONS
Preheat oven to 400F. Lightly grease a mini muffin tray with coconut oil and set aside.
Add all dry ingredients in a large bowl and whisk it together. Add a teaspoon of maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients, and stir using a spatula until fully mixed. Use an ice cream scooper or a spoon to insert portions inside the muffin tray and press down gently. Bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown. Remove the tray from oven. Cool mini muffins in tray on top of the stove or on a cooling rack for 5 minutes. Remove muffins out of tray and enjoy warm. Store at room temperature in tupperware or a container for up to 5 days.

“Green Slime” Himalayan Salt Smoothie

Green smoothie Himalayan salt

INGREDIENTS
2 cups spinach
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 banana
2 tablespoons honey
1/2 cup of water/milk/pineapple juice
a dash of Himalayan Salt

The name itself will get the kids excited. Start by adding all your solid ingredients then add the liquids. Blend all the ingredients together until smooth.
Serve immediately. The bold colour and fun name of this great fruit & vegetable supplement will be sure to catch your children’s eye!

Himalayan Salt Stones On Valentine's Day

The day of love and romance is just around the corner. What better way to show your beloved how much you care than with a unique array of gifts and activities using products from My Gourmet Cooking’s Himalayan Salt line!

Show your special someone how much you care this Valentine's day with some of our favourite romantic treatments and products that are excellent for cooking, relaxing, and detoxifying the body, mind, and soul.


Himalayan Salted Truffles:
Enjoy the pleasure of feeding each other decadent Himalayan Salted Truffles, as you both indulge in chocolatey bliss. Make your own or buy your favourite dark or milk chocolate truffles and enhance the flavours on your palate by sprinkling on some Himalayan salt. Using Himalayan Salt increases the sweet chocolate taste even more. Splurge a little bit and enjoy the finest, freshest chocolate truffles. If you’re making them yourself, make each one a delicious and unique work of art.

Perfect for pairing with a nice bottle of red wine.

Relax In a Therapeutic Himalayan Salt Soak:
Relax together in a warm bath with your favourite homemade soak remedy! Himalayan Salt baths will soothe achy muscles, relax the soul, and cleanse and detoxify your skin, leaving it smoother and softer than before!

Follow these simple instructions:
Mix:
1 pound/cup Himalayan salt
12 drops of your favourite organic essential oil (we recommend lavender!)
Then add 1 handful fresh (or dried) rose petals to the water

Exfoliate With a Himalayan Salt Scrub:
Give your partner an invigorating salt scrub that will leave their skin softened and nourished. Himalayan Salt scrub treatments are spectacular exfoliating aids that will stimulate and soothe your partner's skin while restoring youth and vitality. We found a great homemade therapeutic recipe that will ensure your significant other will feel completely restored and relaxed, whether they’re feeling stressed or are looking for relief from nagging aches and pains.

Recipe:
4 oz Pink Himalayan Salt
1 oz coconut oil
1 oz jojoba oil
20 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil

Make a homemade dinner using kitchen and cooking skills with a Himalayan Salt Slab:
Our Himalayan Salt Stones are unique, and can be enjoyed both as natural artwork and as a tool for cooking and presenting food. Use it for cooking in the oven, in a pan or on the grill. Our cookware-grade Himalayan Salt blocks provide perfect cooking heat and incredible taste. Use them for chilling and as a serving tray to infuse the perfect saltiness in your partner’s favourite fruit or cheese platter. Delish!

View our favourite recipes here for inspiration!

Himalayan Salt Stones: Have A Healthier New Year

Starting a new year, typically begins with “a new me.” There is definitely truth to this, considering as each year is differently and we progressively change hopefully for the better. But, sometimes it's not that simple nor easy. Facing new challenges can be overwhelming, especially when trying to actively pursue a healthy lifestyle in between busy schedules. However, there are some easy ways we can improve our eating habits to receive the most nutritional benefits from our food.

Himalayan salt stone used for healthy cooking in the new year
One great example is to use Himalayan Salt Stones, which can significantly increase proper body functions and cleanse toxins. Found in the Himalayan Mountains, it is the purest of sea salts and one of the best sources of natural minerals because of the geological conditions it was formed. It is significantly more healthier than regular table salt, which majority of people use daily. When you cook on a salt block it adds a minimum of 84 naturally occurring elemental minerals to your food.

Take a look at some of the incredible benefits of using Himalayan Salt and Salt Stones to boost your health in the New Year:   

Improved Digestion: Himalayan salt stimulates enzymes aid in digestion. It increases the gastrointestinal tract’s ability to absorb other nutrients; it promotes the production of hydrochloric acid in the stomach to help better break down food for better digestion. It also promotes food and water absorption, allowing nutrients to be easily absorbed in the body.

Greater Weight Loss: As mentioned above, using a salt stone improves digestion and bowel movements, and nourishes the body at a cellular level, which in turn causes weight loss. For some users, it's also been able to reduce cravings for sweet or sugary foods.

Muscle Cramps and Migraine Relief: Muscle cramps and headaches are usually caused by electrolyte deficiency and dehydration. Using a Himalayan Salt Stones allows sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium to work symbiotically to help your muscles to relax. Magnesium is also anti-inflammatory, which helps to relieve cramps and headaches.

A Good Night’s Sleep: Get better, well-rested sleep when you use your Himalyan Salt Stone. Calming minerals like magnesium and calcium, naturally promote sleep and improve your sleep cycle.

Prevents Uric Acid Buildup: Himalayan salt is a  great way to help flush out uric acid to help dissolve and eliminate sediments in the body, before they become a major issue. If left untreated, it can cause gout, kidney stones, gall stones, and some forms of arthritis.

Antibacterial: Have you been told to gargled with salt water to soothe a sore throat? Or added sea salt added to water to prevent spoilage? Himalayan Sea salt is antibacterial; cooking on a Himalayan Salt Stone can help eliminate bad bacteria, viruses, and fungi.  It can help pull toxins from cells to be eliminated from the body.

Start living better and taste the difference with Gourmet Cooking’s Himalayan Salt Stone! With 84 additional minerals that will not only enhance the flavours of all your favorite vegetables and meats, but create a healthier more delicious meal. Begin this year with a “new you”, start up the healthy and active lifestyle you always wanted with help from My Gourmet Himalayan Salt Stones.

Achieve a healthier year, a healthier you.

Five Christmas Cookie Recipes to Add to Your Holiday Lineup

Christmas baking is an important holiday tradition for many Canadians. Whether you are part of a holiday cookie exchange, hosting a Christmas party or simply creating special memories with your children, there’s something special about baking during the holidays. Of the many delicious holiday treats to indulge in at Christmas time, holiday cookies are one of the most popular. A hit with children, they’re portable, dunkable and delightful in their simplicity.

This season, salted caramel lattes aren’t the only tasty trend. Salted cookies are popular, and there’s no better way to bring out the salty-sweet flavour combination than to use premium Himalayan sea salt. This coarse salt is the perfect ingredient to make your salted cookies stand out. We recommend using Himalayan sea salt in these fabulous cookie recipes:

  • Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • The Food Network’s Valarie Bertinelli is well known for her amazing cookies. Her salted caramel chocolate chip cookies live up to her reputation. With a simple list of ingredients including Himalayan sea salt, this recipe offers a sweet and salty twist to the king of all cookies – the chocolate chip cookie.

    Get the full recipe here.

  • Salted Caramel Shortbread Cookies
  • Nothing says Christmas quite like shortbread. Crème de la Crumb’s salted caramel shortbread recipe is out of this world. The cookie puts a modern twist on traditional shortbread – with a buttery shortbread crust and rich, chewy caramel that is set apart by a touch of Himalayan sea salt.   

    Get the full recipe here.

  • Coconut Salted Caramel Thumbprint Cookies
  • Thumbprint cookies are as easy to make as they are adorable. And if you have kids, they’ll love making the thumbprints! When it comes to baking, no one does it quite as perfect as Martha Stewart. We love her coconut salted caramel thumbprint cookies which offer the perfect combination of sweet, exotic coconut and rich, salted caramel. Use pink Himalayan sea salt to add the right combination of beauty and taste to this holiday cookie.

    Get the full recipe here.

  • Salted Caramel Cookie Dough Truffles
  • The Baker Chick has outdone herself with these cookies which combine some of the best of holiday baking into one delightful treat. This dessert looks more like a truffle than a cookie, but just because it’s ball shaped doesn’t mean it’s not a cookie – it’s full of yummy cookie dough and brings together the best of both worlds. Plus, sprinkling it with pink Himalayan sea salt really adds a beautiful contrast to the dark chocolate coating. You’ll have trouble eating just one.

    Get the full recipe here.

  • Salted Dark Chocolate Cookies
  • Not all salted cookies have to be caramel flavoured. If you or your holiday guests aren’t a fan of caramel, then try Sally’s Baking Addiction’s salted dark chocolate cookie recipe. There’s a lot of chocolate in these little cookies – unsweetened cocoa, dark cocoa and double chocolate chips make for an intense chocolate flavour that’s perfectly tempered with a sprinkling of Himalayan sea salt. If you feel like chocolate this holiday (or any time of the year) then this is the cookie for you.

    Get the full recipe here.

    While you’re home for the holidays try adding a salty cookie twist to your Christmas cookie menu. You’re bound to have fun making and eating any of the cookies on this list.    

    Holiday Gift Ideas for Bosses and Coworkers

    lady handing over a gift

    Finding the right presents can be one of the most stressful parts of the holiday season, but even more so when the person you are trying to find the perfect gift for is your boss or one of your coworkers.

    Thankfully, we have some handy tips to take the guesswork out of Christmas and keep the holidays jolly.

    How much should you spend on a gift for your boss?

    Determining how much you should spend on your boss comes down to your relationship, and your own personal budget. If your relationship with your boss lands more on the professional side of the spectrum then they probably aren’t even expecting a gift, a card may be all it takes, and even then use your own judgement and the office culture as a guide.

    If you do have a friendly relationship with your boss then be sure not to overspend. Of course, not buying anything at all might be even costlier than making a small effort. Remember that giving a cheap, insincere gift is even worse than not getting any gift at all.

    Were you lucky enough to draw your boss in the Secret Santa gift exchange? Often there is a limit set for these types of office games. If so make sure you don’t exceed it. In general, expensive gifts will seem out of place in the office. As a rough rule of thumb try to keep any gifts under $50.

    Remember to take your boss or coworkers interests into account, after all a gift is still a gift, they should enjoy it! Also, before picking out your gift, think about what the gift says about you. A thoughtful gift shows you spent some time and are pretty organized – positive traits to communicate in the office place.

    With all that in mind here are some suggestions:

    Gift cards

    Why: Giftcards are a long time standby of the office gift exchange ritual, they come in convenient price ranges that will fit your budget, and are flexible enough for anyone to enjoy them.

    What it says about you: Gift cards are like saying “I care enough about you to give you a gift, but not enough to get to know you. I may be slightly unoriginal, but at least I care.”

    Wine

    Why: Who doesn’t like wine (especially around the holidays when we are surrounded by family) and you can actually get decent wine for a price within a modest budget.

    What it says about you: Wine is another long-time standby, but be careful who you gift it to. If they don’t drink then you could look out-of-touch or downright insensitive, if they are wine lovers then tread carefully and avoiding picking a bad vintage!

    Himalayan Salt and Salt Stones

    Why: It is fun, budget friendly, and incredibly practical. Unlike a bottle of wine or a gift card, you can be confident that you’ll be the only one in the office giving Himalayan salt stone. Bonus points if your boss or coworkers have a culinary inclination. Himalayan salt will not spoil, or go bad and they’ll get a lot more use out of it than a bottle of wine. So when your boss is still using the Himalayan salt stone you gave her next August, she’ll think of you!

    What it says about you: You’re unique, have great taste, and care enough to buy a great practical gift without going broke in the process.

    Your Himalayan Salt Stone Inspired Weekend Meal Plan

    Creating a weekend meal plan is  great for people who enjoy spending quality time at home after a busy week.  Write down what meals you’d like to enjoy over the weekend, whether it’d be for the whole family, for special guests, or just for you!  

    To start, make a list of all the foods and ingredients you’ll need to make these meals and set aside one day a week to go grocery shopping.  Thursdays usually work out best for weekend meal planning because it leaves Friday evening completely open to winding down, relaxing, or making plans.  You want to choose a day that’s close enough to the weekend so that your food remains fresh over the next few days.  

    Why does meal planning exist?  Well, it’s as simple as the old saying, “If you plan to fail, your plan will fail!” Those who failed to plan their meals in advance probably found themselves standing in front of their half empty refrigerator, hungry, and being left with no other option but to order in and eat overpriced food delivery options.  When you plan your weekend meals during a weekday, it can save you from having to get through the crowded line ups at the grocery stores over the weekend, and also save you money.

    Before the warm weather is out for the season, make the most of it by enjoying grilled meats, seafoods, and vegetables with fresh salad blends.  Cut, prepare, and grill all your favourite foods on a Himalayan salt stone for a natural hint of salt to taste!  


    Here’s what’s on our Weekend Meal Plan:

    SIMPLE WEEKEND LUNCH

    Himalayan Salt Block Pizza

    Grocery List & Ingredients:

    • 1 package of active dry yeast (about 21/4 teaspoons)
    • 11/2 cup of warm tap water
    • 31/4 cups of all purpose flour (you may have to adjust, adding as needed)
    • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
    • Toppings as desired!

    To start: prepare your pizza dough! [We prefer homemade :)] Pour the yeast into the warm water and let stand for about 5 minutes, if the water is too hot, the yeast will die so cooler is better. Mix all the ingredients by hand until they are all blended. When you have a cohesive ball of dough you can either continue to knead by hand for 10 minutes or use a mixer with a dough hook until the bread is smooth. Once smooth put your dough in a well oiled bowl and cover it with plastic wrap. Let it rise in a warm place like near your oven for about an hour until it almost doubles in size.


    Next: Once the dough has risen, start by heating your salt stone slowly, increasing the temperature by 65oC/150oF every 10 minutes until it is around 220oC/425oF. While your Himalayan salt stones are heating being to create your pizza! Divide the dough into 4 balls and let it rest for just 15 more minutes. Roll out one of your balls (or take out your store bought dough) and start creating your pizza using any variety of toppings you like. Once you have finished your creation, take the tray of salt stones out carefully (it will be hot!) and sprinkle a dusting of flour (or cornmeal) over the stones. Place your ready-to-go pizza on the salt blocks and bake until desired crispiness is reached - then cut and enjoy!


    SATURDAY DINNER SIDE

    Grilled Honey-Black Pepper Shrimp on a Himalayan Salt Stone

    Grocery List & Ingredients

    • 3 tablespoons of honey
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • One small shallot minced
    • One garlic clove, minced
    • One fresh lemon, sliced
    • Cracked black pepper to lightly season
    • One pound of large shrimp, cleaned
    • Salad for a side
    • Brown rice for a side

    Place your Himalayan salt stone on a cold grill and allow it to preheat to 400 oC.  While your stones are heating, mix the ingredients, allowing the flavours to blend and marinate nicely with the fresh pound of shrimp.  Do not add table salt as the Himalayan salt stones will add a delicate flavour of natural salt while it’s grilling!


    SUNDAY DINNER MAIN

    Himalayan Salt Stone Grilled Chicken

    Grocery List & Ingredients:

    • 1 (4-pound) chicken
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 4 garlic cloves
    • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
    • Juice from ½ lemon
    • Asparagus for a side

    Heat your Himalayan salt stone on low heat while you marinate your chicken with the ingredients above.  With your silicone oven mitt, you carefully place the heated the salt stone on top of the whole chicken, on the grill.  The salt stone will dehydrate the surfaces it touches, the skin of the chicken, making it crispy and lightly seasoned with salt while the inside remains moist.  An absolutely delicious way to grill your chicken to the right tenderness!


    For more information on ideas for planning delicious weekend meals on your Himalayan salt stone, visit My Gourmet Cooking.

    New Way To Enjoy Your Himalayan Salt Stone

    There are so many great ways to enjoy cooking and preparing meals with your Himalayan salt stones, including cooking on an indoor electric grill.  If you’ve never tried it before, it’s a must! For starters, food fresh off of the grill always tastes great, so you can only imagine the flavours you can achieve when you use a Himalayan salt stone to enhance your cooking experience.

    Here’s how to make a salt seared grilled cheese sandwich using Himalayan salt stones on an indoor electric grill:

    HEATING THE SALT STONES

    1. Place your stones onto the grill.  Lay them flat, side by side.
    2. Set your grill to about ⅓ power or on low (different grills may vary).  Wait for the grill to reach a temperature of about 250-300 ℉ or 120-150 ℃.
    3. Once the temperature reaches the temperature in step 2, go to ⅔ power or on medium heat.  
    4. Once the grill reaches a temperature of about 400 ℉ or 200 ℃, turn the grill to full power.
    5. While the Himalayan salt stones are heating on the grill, prepare your meal.

    SALT SEARED GRILLED CHEESE SANDWICH

    Ingredients

    • Butter
    • Prosciutto or finely shaved ham
    • Sliced pickles or gherkins
    • Finely sliced bosc pear with the core removed
    • Grained mustard
    • Sliced gouda cheese (enough for both sides of the bread)

    Preparation

    1. Butter the outside of both slices of bread
    2. On top of one slice of bread, add mustard, cheese, prosciutto (or ham), pear, pickles, and then top with more cheese.  Place the other slice of bread on top to create the sandwich.

    THE GRILL

    The stones should be hot and ready!

    1. Place the sandwich on top of two salt stones.
    2. Using My Gourmet Cooking heat resistant gloves, pick up the third stone and place it on top of the sandwich (the gloves are resistant to temperatures up to 500 ℉).
    3. Close grill.
    4. Allow the sandwich to grill between the salt stones until the cheese melts.  A few minutes is all that it takes!
    5. Again using the heat resistant gloves, carefully remove the salt stone from the top of the sandwich using a spatula to ease the sandwich off of the stone.

    Enjoy a delicious gooey good gourmet grilled cheese sandwich with a delicate taste of natural salt.  

    Find more gourmet recipes like pizza, salted fries, chicken marinade redux, and more on My Gourmet Cooking.

    How To Use Your Himalayan Salt Stone Mortar and Pestle

    The Himalayan salt stone mortar and pestle is a fantastic tool that can be used to infuse flavours with a perfect hint of natural salt.  Use this salt stone mortar and pestle to make dips like guacamole, pounding garlic, grinding nuts, seeds, or herbs and spices for seasoning rubs.   

    Here’s how:

    DRY HERBS AND SPICES

    Grinding your own herbs and spices releases their fresh flavours with a noticeable difference from spices that you can get pre-packaged.  Try making a seasoning rub for grilling steaks:

    1. Place the raw ingredients into the centre of the mortar:  whole black peppercorn, dill seeds, cayenne pepper flakes, granulated garlic, coriander, whole mustard seeds, and a touch of light brown sugar.  
    2. Fill the mortar no more than ⅓ full.  If you need more, make them in batches.  
    3. Use one hand to hold the mortar in place and partially cover the top with your hand.   
    4. To start, use the pestle and pound the ingredients as if you’re mashing them together. This really wakes up the flavours.
    5. Then begin grinding by rubbing the pestle in a circular motion around the mortar, really pushing the spices against the Himalayan salt stone mortar to blend and season all of the spices.  Keep going until all of the whole peppercorns are completely crushed.  
    6. Remove the spices from the mortar and run them onto a fresh cut of steak.

    No added table salt is needed because the Himalayan salt stone mortar had infused it’s delicate salty flavour into all of the fresh spices.  This will taste fantastic!

    GUACAMOLE

    The Himalayan salt stone mortar is also wonderful for creating delicious dips like guacamole.  Who doesn’t love guacamole?  Try making guacamole in the Himalayan salt stone mortar to really turn up the flavours and ingredients. Here’s how:

    1. Start with adding granulated garlic and onions with a squeeze of lime into the centre of the mortar.
    2. Pound the ingredients to really press out the flavours.  This will already begin to smell delicious.
    3. Infuse the flavours by grinding the pestle in a circular motion, pressing the ingredients against the walls of the mortar to add a hint of salt.
    4. Add sliced avocado and continue to grind all of the ingredients together until the avocado becomes a paste and the ingredients are blended well.

    Dish out and enjoy!

    NUTS & SEEDS

    Almonds are a great alternative to flour for those who prefer a grain-free diet.  With the mortar and pestle you can crush almonds to just the right consistency to make almond meal, a healthy substitute to breadcrumbs used for batter.  Try making a delicious and grain-free dish like almond-battered chicken using this method to create almond meal:

    1. Place whole or crushed almonds into the centre of the Himalayan salt stone mortar.
    2. Holding the mortar in place with one hand and partially covering the top to keep the almonds from flying out of the mortar, begin by pounding the almonds into smaller pieces.
    3. Continue tapping the pestle over the almonds until all of the pieces resemble the consistency of breadcrumbs.
    4. Now to infuse a delicate taste of salt for seasoning, grind the pestle around the mortar in a circular motion, rubbing the almond meal against the walls of the mortar.
    5. Throw in a dash of paprika, granulated garlic, cumin, cayenne, and black pepper. Continue to grind all of the ingredients together to completely wake up the flavours.

    Use this spiced up almond meal to batter your chicken, cook, and enjoy!

    For more information, watch this helpful video. You can also find the perfect Himalayan salt stone mortar and pestle to make all these delicious recipes at My Gourmet Cooking.
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