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I grew up in a family of ice cream enthusiasts. My dad has always been a staunch supporter of Ben & Jerry’s, and a veritable super fan of Chubby Hubby — you know, the one with peanut butter and, more importantly, salty pretzels.

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One of summer's greatest pleasures is sipping an icy, refreshing beverage in the sunshine -- or the nearest patch of shade. Summery cocktails and punches aplenty are finally ready for their seasonal debut, and just about all of them could do with a bit of salt.

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You can get some pretty good apples right now, but sometimes even the most beautiful, promising looking crisp fruits can be a little too tart or a little too bland. This is, without a doubt, very disappointing, but don't let it ruin your day. All your ho-hum apple needs is a sprinkling of salt.

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Alison Roman's salted butter chocolate chunk shortbread cookies are everywhere. Bon Appétit, Eater, Nylon, Smitten Kitchen and The New York Times have covered them in glowing detail; The Cookies pop up on my Instagram discover feed literally every day. The best recipes are more than the sum of their parts, but the sheer volume of breathless, googly-eyed reviews suggest that a concerning number of people have lived deprived, salted-butter-cookie-less lives until now.

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If you've watched any appreciable number of cooking shows, you've most likely been instructed by some famous chef to "finish" your dish with a drizzle of oil, a sprinkling of salt, or some freshly chopped herbs. "Finishing" a dish, which is quite different than polishing one off, simply means adding those extra flourishes to help the food shine and become its best self.

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I like to divide my life into two eras: The time before I knew about preserved lemons and the time after I knew about preserved lemons. Unlike fresh lemon zest or juice, these funky little wedges add a bit of umami along with acidic brightness.

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It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you of a "smart salt shaker" called "The Smalt". Oddly, the shaking aspect of this shaker is still decidedly unplugged -- you still have do all the shaking; Smalt just "tracks" it for you. (And lights up. And plays music.) It is, essentially, the Juicero of seasoning.

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Though I never tire of roasted Brussels sprouts, I'm always looking for new ways to consume the little cabbage-like orbs. Shredded sprouts make a nice, sturdy salad base, but they're almost too sturdy. To make salad that's both tender and crisp, you'll need to grab the salt shaker.

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A good food gift doesn't need to be an expensive gourmet gift basket, but it should be thoughtful, delicious, and a little unexpected. These edible and drinkable presents are thoughtful and customisable, and will make your gift stand out in a sea of boring fruitcakes.