Salt is one of the first treasures that humans gathered, traded, and treasured. It is the key ingredient to making food delicious, even though only a tiny amount is needed. These pretty little jars of salt make memorable favors – and because a little salt goes a long way, it is something your guests can use AND treasure for a long time.
I thought salt favors would be expensive, but this turns out to be untrue. The list below shows the cost per pound, which varies widely. It also shows the cost per jar, which reflects something different, because it is based on not only the cost per pound, but how fluffy the salt is. Fluffy salt weighs less, so the cost of a fluffy salt is less than the cost of a heavy salt. Fluffy salt, to me, is also prettier because you can see the crystals; they are like tiny flowers. Although I have to say the Hawaiian black salt, which is just rocks, is very impressive.
Here’s a rundown of the different salts I used, their cost and estimated number of jars you will get per pound. This gives you an idea of the real cost of a jar of each of these salts. These prices are from the SaltWorks website.
1. Hawaiian black sea salt, black, $27.45 for five pounds
$0.91 each jar (one pound will fill about 6 jars)
2. Yakima applewood smoked, grey, $32.00 for five pounds
$0.59 each jar (one pound will fill about 11 jars)
3. French Fleur de Sel, white, five pounds for $80.20
$1.60 each jar (one pound will fill about 10 jars)
4. Murray River Australian, barely pink, two pounds for $37.76
$0.95 each jar (one pound will fill about 20 jars)
Here are a couple of quick hints to make it easy to fill your jars: Shake the salt before pouring; this gets lumps out and makes it pour smoothly. And use a funnel. If you don’t have a funnel, make one by rolling a piece of paper to a point at one end, tape it secure, then snip off the tip so the hole is smaller than the jar opening.
To make your salt favors, you will need:
• Glass jars – I used the 2-ounce jars from SpecialtyBottles.com
• Personalized Labels – I chose pretty scallop labels in the China Blossom style for the top of each jar and the rectangle address labels for the side.
• Specialty salts on line – I purchase mine from SaltWorks.us
Guidelines for Simple Gifts:
• Plan ahead. Think about and decide what you want to do well in advance so you can do the shopping portion of the giftmaking along with other errands. Have all materials and ingredients on hand when it is time to make the gift.
• Packaging. Pretty packaging makes any gift special. Arm yourself with a supply of small boxes or cellophane bags and ribbon. We also recommend having your own personalized tags or labels on hand. Use generic wording so they can be used on a multitude of items. For example, mom’s tags and labels say “with love from Grammie.” With no reference to what the item is, they can be used on anything!
• It is not the item itself that is special; it is the idea that you think enough about a person to prepare something personally for them. Sometimes your gift doesn’t even have to be handmade; but hand-assembled. Follow this monthly series and you will see examples of both.
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