Celery salt is used to season meat, fish and vegetables. It also gives drinks and dressings a boost of salty, herbal flavor. As the seasoning is made with only two ingredients — celery seed and salt — it is easy to create at home. Tailor the seasoning to suit your personal taste by making homemade celery salt amended with different spices or salts.
Celery salt is a blend of two parts of salt to one part of ground celery seed.
To make 3 tablespoons of celery salt:
Grind 2 tablespoons of celery seed in a spice grinder until it is a fine powder. You will end up with around 1 tablespoon of celery seed.
Mix with 2 tablespoons of salt.
Vary the ratio of celery seed to salt to emphasize either the salt or the celery taste.
Celery salt is a fine powder that has a slight grittiness to it, because of the grains of salt. For a finer textured celery salt, grind the salt in the spice grinder, along with the celery seed.
Give the seasoning extra crunch to add textural interest to a drink or a dish. Crunchier celery salt makes for an elegant garnish for Caesers or Bloody Marys. To make a crunchier celery salt, use Maldon sea salt flakes in place of table salt.
Use homemade celery salt immediately, or store it in an airtight container, with a few grains of dried rice to prevent clumping. The finer the texture of the seasoning, the more likely it will clump. Use fine-textured celery salt immediately, or store for no more than one to three days.