Thursday, March 27, 2014

Reader Advice Day: Homemade Salt Free Seasonings

Greetings everyone! I'm back with a second blog posting this week because I received a great question that needs our community input. Here's the SOS e-mail that came in:

Hi, Wendy!

I just ran into your blog - looks wonderful! Thank you for all the time and effort you put into sharing!

I have an important question that I hope you can help me with. I just ordered the Eat To Live Cookbook from It hasn't arrived yet, but already I'm concerned about some of the ingredients called for that aren't available here at all, likeVegizest and Matozest (there may be more, but I'll know that after I get the cookbook).

I need some sort of a do-it-youself, make-at-home substitute. Even the other brands you and other readers mentioned on your blog page [ ] are not available here in Germany. Because I can't get my hands on any of these products, I can't guess-timate at all what I can do here to fudge my own version - I have no idea what the original tastes like. :-s

Help? I'm thankful for any advice you can give me. How would you "make your own" Vegizest and Matozest so that Fuhrman's recipe still taste as he intended?

Thanks so much!

from Germany

Thanks for this great question Jera. I have a few thoughts of my own, but mostly I'm interested in what other HGK readers have to say about this because I myself have never made my own salt free seasoning blend.

First off, I still have not invested in any of the Dr. Fuhrman salt substitutes. They may be wonderful, but I'm still working my way through my pantry full of other salt substitutes. So what I am trying to say here is that the recipes are mostly amazing even without Dr. Fuhrman's proprietary blends.

My all time favorite salt substitute is Benson's Table Tasty. No matter what else I try, it doesn't satisfy my salt tooth the way that Benson's Table Tasty does. It is sold on Amazon and you should buy it in bulk (not those teeny little containers), so it might be a very wise investment over the long run, even with the international shipping cost. I'd be interested in knowing whether or not this  product can be shipped to Germany and how long it would take to get to you.

But I too am curious, has anyone out there blended up their own salt substitute  that works well? If so, what is your recipe?

Does anyone actually use the Fuhrman VegiZest or MatoZest? If so, how would you rate those products? Should we all be racing to get them because the recipes are better with them versus another salt substitute? Because if they are, I'll order them today!

Also, in Europe and other locations, what are the preferred brands and product names of salt substitutes? If Jera can't get ahold of Benson's or Fuhrman's, are there other commercial options for her that are sold in Germany?

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