DIY Grenadine, Chipotle Lime Salt & The PDX Food Swap

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If I had a nickel for every time I started a post with the words “It’s been a busy week!”, I’d have at least fifty cents.

I probably do too much.

However, I happen to love my life and all the crazy things that I’m involved in. I love my job. I love wedding planning. I love being on the board of The Montavilla Farmer’s Market. I love coordinating the PDX food swap. I love working with and writing for Plate & Pitchfork.

And, of course, I love writing this blog.

But as I’ve said before, sometimes life gets in the way of writing (and cooking). I ate out a lot this week, as I had zero time to cook anything. It happens. I’m certainly not complaining, as it was a week full of awesome things such as: the DOC dinner at R. Stuart Wine Bar on Wednesday, the Blazers vs. Grizzlies game on Thursday, The Hunger Games on Friday, and The PDX Food Swap on Sunday.

So, then, I’m going to kill two birds with one stone. Meaning: I’m including two recipes in this post – one for Chipotle Lime Salt and one for Pomegranate Grenadine! I thought these recipes fit well together, as they are each simple DIY projects that would make great additions to any home bar. In addition, I happened to make both of these items for the PDX Food Swap.

The chipotle lime salt is as simple as it sounds: it’s a combination of salt, chipotle powder, and lime zest. It has revolutionized my margarita consumption (I might be drinking a chipotle-salt-rimmed margarita as I type this…) and I cannot wait to try this salt on popcorn, proteins, veggies, and more.

I had no idea that making grenadine was so easy. I’m sort of kicking myself for not making it sooner! This DIY grenadine is thick, sweet, and flavorful. It has a much deeper color than the hot pink grenadine you see in stores (and far fewer preservatives!). I’ve taken to using this grenadine in the place of simple syrup in a few different cocktail recipes, and it’s fantastic. Who needs boring old simple syrup when you have homemade grenadine on hand?!

Lastly, I want to thank everyone who came out to our Spring PDX Food Swap. I’m always amazed by the creativity of the Portland food community, and this event was no exception. I brought chipotle lime salt, grenadine, BBQ sauce, onion jam, and strawberry jam to swap – and I came home with arugula pesto, thai spiced peanut butter cups, kimchi, elderberry liqueur, limoncello, grapefruit marmelade, doug fir jelly, tomato jam, and more! My pantry is exploding with goodness.

So, there you have it – two recipes for the price of one. Life’s a blur, but it’s a good blur.

(Adapted from The Kitchn)
Makes approx. 8 oz

1 cup unsweetened pomegranate juice (Pom brand is fine)
1/2 cup granulated sugar

Heat pomegranate juice and sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Allow the mixture to gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until the juice has reduce and the syrup is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon (30-40 minutes). Transfer syrup to a clean jar or container and store in the fridge. The syrup should last for 3-4 weeks.

(Adapted from the Cozy Herbivore)

3-4 tablespoons finely grated zest from organic limes (about 4 large limes)
1 cup quality coarse grain salt (kosher or sea salt)
3 tablespoons ground chipotle peppers

Preheat oven to 225 degrees. In a large bowl, toss together fresh lime zest and salt, squeezing the salt and zest between your fingers to release the oils from the zest. Mix together with your fingers until fully incorporated.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, Silpat, or foil. Bake The lime-salt mixture for 60-70 minutes, or until the zest is completely dried out (and crumbles easily).

Remove mixture from the oven, and allow to cool. In a small bowl, stir together the lime-salt and chipotle powder. Store in an airtight container.

And now you’re ready for a margarita! :)

16 Responses

  1. those Chipotle Lime salt looks so pretty too, I love the colour, and you place it very well, and thanks for sharing this


  2. sarah says:

    I enjoy being busy for like 2 seconds and then I’m ready to take a break. I’m not sure how you do it but I’m totally impressed. On that note, I think I’m going to make the salt this weekend- sounds sooooo good!

  3. Kiri W. says:

    I love it! There are so many staples we thoughtlessly buy when a homemade version would probably be much better in all regards. Thanks for sharing these :)

  4. Cucina49 says:

    I find I have also been starting posts with “It’s been such a busy week” a lot lately. I’m loving the recipes you have here, though, and have bookmarked to try them. Hope things get less chaotic soon!

  5. Alyssa says:

    I love both of these! We consume a lot of pomegranate (juice, dried, fresh) so I love your grenadine. I also love anything chipotle. This would be great on a margarita for a little something different. Great recipes!

  6. Yay! I’m so honored that you chose to make the chipotle-lime salt… hope it was as much of a hit at your swap as it was at mine!

    And life does get in the way of blogging some times, but isn’t that the way it should be? Besides, anticipation is definitely a boon. I always get such a thrill when I see you’ve updated.

    I can’t wait to try the pomegranate grenadine– perhaps I’ll continue our swapping circle and bring it to my next swap!

  7. Alicia says:

    I have the salt/lime zest mixture in the oven right now… I can’t wait to try this. I love how it has “revolutionized your margarita consumption”. (My leftover limes are going to be used in raspberry caipirinhas… an excellent companion recipe)
    I have never participated in a food swap, and was out of town during this PDX swap. I hope to attend the next one for sure!

  8. Kelsey says:

    Um… I need to make this chipotle lime salt immediately! I’ve been trying to think of simple but creative parting gifts that are food related and this seems totally doable.

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  11. Chipotle lime salt? omg this is a great idea! I can marinate chicken breasts or fish with this! thanks for sharing :D

  12. Web says:

    Thanks for these awesome tips Lindsay!

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  14. web says:

    That’s one awesome recipe! I am doing a “vegan challenge” and this adds nice taste to every dish :-))

    Thank you!!

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