I realize that not everyone has a dehydrator, but you should! Ok maybe not, I really only use it every so often but when you need one, it is totally worth having. Excalibur dehydrators are supposedly the best and a few months ago I picked up the smallest size one. Like any big expensive kitchen appliance it is an investment for your future, but you definitely need space to keep it. You could technically try to dry out ramps in an oven on a very low temperature, and if anyone is able to do so please let me know. The other thing you need for this recipe is a coffee/spice grinder, which is cheap, small and definitely worth getting. I use mine for nuts, whole spices and everything but grinding coffee. Once you have one you will wonder how you got through life without it.
Ramp Salt + Powdered Ramp Leaves
3 1/2 tablespoons good quality flaked sea salt or your favorite choice of salt
Dehydrator - I use a Four Tray Excalibur
Wash and clean your ramps and dry them thoroughly. Cut the bulbs from the green leaves. Thickly slice the bulbs and place them on a dehydrator tray along with the whole leaves (you can leave smaller bulbs whole). Make sure non are overlapping each other. Run in the dehydrator on 125° F (vegetable setting) for 24-48 hours or until the ramps are completely dry and crispy.
Once dried, grind 5-6 bulbs and 2-3 leaves in a coffee/spice grinder. You could also try a mortar and pestle but a grinder is much faster and much more efficient. This produced 2 teaspoons of dried ground ramps for me, but the amount will be different for everyone. You can adjust the amount of salt used to suit your preference. I wanted a very "rampy" salt, but you could use less ramps and more salt for a milder flavor. Mix the ground ramps and salt together and store in a sealed container. Ideally let the salt sit for a day or two to allow the flavors to mingle and get know each other. The salt should keep for about a year but the flavor might diminish over time like most herbs do.
I had lots of leftover dried leaves so I decided to grind them up into a ramp leaf powder (as you can see below). I have big hopes to use this in soups and stews, mashed potatoes or even to make some homemade ramp pasta. The possibilities are endless in my mind, and you will probably be seeing it somewhere else on my blog in the future!