Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Do you have any ieas for holiday gifts that are easy to make?

You may remember my entry about finding a great olive oil on sale for very cheap a few weeks back. Well I may have gotten a little over zealous . . . and bought way too much; more than I could ever consume. but necessity is the mother of invention.
So I'm gonna put together an Olive Oil Salt Scrub that doubles as a delicious seasoning for meat and fish.
It's super simple, and something you can make large batches of for passing out at parties or at the office.

Citrus rosemary salt scrub rub

1 cup Coarse Sea Salt
1/2cup Fine Sea Salt
1 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Zest of one each: lemon, lime & orange
Large sprig of rosemary, Leaves removed,

1. In a flat bottomed bowl muddle the citrus and rosemary with a few tablespoons of the kosher salt. The salt acts as an abrasive to release the essential oils. (this should smell amazing)
2. Simply add the remaining ingredients and mix it well.

As for the applications, as a scrub the olive oil contains polyphenols (antioxidants) that in addition to being good for you internally, do wonders for firming and tightening the skin. The sea salts act as a great exfoliator, and as the salt dissolves your skin absorbs the minerals. It also fights off some surface bacteria without any harsh chemicals.
But the fun doesn't stop there.
It's also delicious! A little bit on a piece of grilled fish is outstanding, it also compliments pork very well.

A little tip:
I like to put the scrub rub in mason jars, for a better display I lay a sprig in on its side and then pack the mixture on top.

This will keep better in the fridge.
I hope it goes without saying but I'm sayin' it anyways. . . while you can always take a little bit out of the fridge for the shower, you CANNOT leave it in the shower and then use it on food.
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