Sea Salt and Finishing Salts

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Did you know that ordinary table salt is processed and very bad for you? It can even give you a heavy feeling. Natural sea salt is full of free-forming nutrients and minerals… Some may think that all salt is the same, but iodized table salt at the market is the cheap stuff. Anything that is natural is of course better for you!

At home I love to cook. I have all the kitchen gadgets, and yes, I have many different types of salt. Why in the world would someone be so crazy as to have more than one salt at home? Afterall isn’t salt all the same and is it not used to make food… salty? Actually not all salt is the same just like not all wine is the same. Salt, like wine comes from different parts of this earth which have different characteristics… Terroir shall we say in wine terms!

Sea salts have different textures and flavors and that is why they are all different. Hawaiian black sea salt for example has a smoky volcanic flavor. Truffle salt of course tastes like truffle (is great with fries), alderwood smoked sea salt tastes like smoked wood chips and some even taste like Chardonnay wine from barrel staves. So depending on what you are cooking, these salts add disinct flavors to your meals.

I’m sure you have all heard the term finishing salts… These salts are used on foods after they have been cooked. Due to their varying courseness, they add texture to foods and are great to have in the kitchen at all times. For example, English Malden Salt is great to add to salads that have been plated. It gives an added salty crunch! Also, smoky sea salts go great with meats and certain seafoods.

Most of these salts come from India, USA, Italy, Spain, France, UK and the Hawaiian Islands. You may find these salts at Willams Sonoma, ebay or Sur la Table. And remember, once you start using a variety of salts in your kitchen, you won’t think I was so crazy afterall… Good eats!

Categories: Pairings

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