SALT: ONE OF THE MOST FUNDAMENTAL SEASONINGS
Salt is a mineral. Thus, unlike most spices and herbs, salt does not come from any plant. Salt is from the ocean, either the pre-historic ocean, found in geological deposits in mines (rock salt). Matter of fact, salt is the only rock we eat. Or salt is from the present ocean and it is harvested by the evaporation process (sea salt). There are quite a large variety of salts with different characteristics and uses, from the delicate Fleur De Sel finishing salt, to the all-purpose Himalayan Pink Rock Salt. Spice for Life has an extensive collection of salts to meet any cooking needs.
Finishing Salts. Finishing salts are the upper echelon of salts. As the name implies, finishing salts are used to finish your food, sprinkled over both cold and hot dishes to add an extra flare of flavor and crunchy texture.
Fleur De Sel or “Flower Of Salt,” is a one of the rarest forms of salt. It comes from the ocean off the coast of the Brittany Region of France. The delicate top layer of saltpans (very shallow evaporation pools) is scrapped or gently raked to collect this pure white salt. Fleur De Sel has a light floral taste, which dissolves slowly in your mouth giving a salty but not overpowering flavor. This makes it a wonderful accompaniment to lighter dishes like fish, salad, or even baked goods.
Hawaiian Black Lava Salt’s color is due to a mix of minerals, activated charcoal, and refined lava, which give it an earthy flavor. It is great for adding a dramatic color finish on fish, seafood, and vegetables.
All Purpose Salts. These types of salts can be used at any stage of your cooking.
Sel Gris or “Grey Sea Salt” is harvested from the same region of France, the coast of Brittany, as Fleur De Sel. However, it is harvested from the bottom of the saltpans and it is not washed or processed so it retains most of the minerals in the water. Like the name implies, this gives Sel Gris its distinct grey color and slight briny smell and taste. This is an excellent all-purpose salt, which can be used while cooking and as a finishing salt.
Himalayan Pink Salt is one of the purist forms of salt, mined from the foothills of the Himalayas. Its pink hue comes from a rich variety of minerals. It can be used in any type of cooking or (depending on the size of the salt crystals) can be put into a salt grinder and used as a table salt.
Seasoned Salts. Seasoned salts are salts mixed with different herbs and spices. They are used to enhance the flavors of the dish.
Jalapeno Salt adds a bit of salty heat to any dish. It is used as a finishing salt and is delicious on French fries, roast potatoes, popcorn, ribs, or on a rim of a margarita glass. Ingredients are: sea salt, jalapeno powder, garlic, onion, pepper, and Mexican Oregano.
Smoky Citrus Salt adds the flavors of lemon, lime, and orange mingled with a hint of smokiness to any fish, chicken, or vegetable dish. It can also be used to spice up the rim of a margarita glass. Ingredients are: seas salt, orange peel, lemon peel, coarse black pepper, smoked hickory salt, lime peel, and ginger.
Turmeric Coriander Salt takes the earthy, citrus overtones of turmeric, and combines them with the peppery, sweet, tangy, warmth of coriander, ginger, and mustard to create an all-purpose salt. This salt can be used on eggs, vegetables, meats, poultry, and seafood. It can be a substitute for table salt. Ingredients: kosher salt, turmeric, coriander, yellow mustard, ginger, and garlic.
Smoked Salts. These salts add the wonderful complex flavor of smoke to salts without needing to fire up a grill or using chemicals like liquid smoke. These smoky salts are extraordinary in BBQ sauces, as rubs on meats, seafood, and poultry, as well as on grilled or roasted vegetables.
Applewood Smoked Salt is sea salt which is smoked for 1-2 hours over applewood, giving it a light smoky fruity flavor.
Mesquite Smoked Salt. The flavor of this smoked salt is reminiscent of cooking over a campfire, giving the food a bold smoky flavor wonderful for a BBQ.
So, with this wide variety of salts, why not add some to your spice rack to change up your cooking?