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Salt Talk

VSpicery LOVES flavor. Whether chili powders or different cinnamon varieties (yes, there is a difference) VSpicery loves fresh, big and bold flavors. The same can be said about salts. We have a variety of 17 sea salts, 5 of which are VSpicery’s very own sea salt blends.

There is a difference in the flake and taste of each salt that we carry. For instance, we have two salts infused with activated charcoal to provide digestive and other health benefits, but they are vastly different.

Cyprus Black Lava is very salty at the front of your palate then finishes very smooth at the back of your palate. As you can see in the picture to the left, this salt forms in really cool looking pyramid crystals.

Hiwa Kai is a delightful tasting salt that is tossed in activated charcoal from coconut shells and versatile enough to use in pretty much anything. Although we don’t recommend putting it on rimmed drinks, as the charcoal can dust off and cast a shadow on the drink. As far as salts go, both Cyprus Black Lava and Hiwa Kai are good for you and have striking visual appeal for dramatic presentation.

Another Hawaiian sea salt is Alaea. Although they both are Hawaiian sea salts, Alaea is different from Hiwa Kai in that it is enriched with purified red alaea clay from the Hawaiian island of Kauai. This clay gives a slight mineral taste and is delicious when used with pork or other meats.

Pure Ocean Sea Salt is exactly what it purports to be. It has a clean, refreshing taste and is lovely to use as an every day salt. Delicious on everything, especially veggies, seafood, beef and poultry.

Our Black Truffle Salt is so flavorful! Italian sea salt is infused with real Italian black truffles to create a true truffle flavor. Perfect for popcorn, fries, potatoes, eggs, veggies, chicken, beef and more! Other salts in our array are Fleur de Sel, French Grey, Murray River, Himalayan Pink, and two smoked salts: Alderwood and Applewood.

One of the fun dinner games we play with our dining guests is to set various bowls of salt down the center of the table for them to try. Frequent diners can be seen separating the food on their plates and trying a bit of each salt to experience the subtle flavor differences each of the varieties imparts on the food. This is fun, interesting and educational. Note: I make sure to under salt the food when this game is played.

Intrigued by our wide variety of salts? Then do yourself a flavor and come on in to sample something new. Our extensive line of salts are also available right here on our salt page.

That’s it for this month. We hope our northern friends have finally thawed out and that Spring has sprung in their towns, while our locals are gearing up for Summer.

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30 Days of Flavor: 03/01/11 – Alderwood Smoked Salt

We will be discussing flavors this month in our “30 Days of Flavor” blog series. Every day this month, VSpicery will select a spice, seasoning, salt, etc., as the flavor of the day, giving you it’s history, flavor profile, and uses. We hope you enjoy these flavors and their unique stories.

The first day of flavor is dedicated to a flavorful salt, Alderwood Smoked Salt. Many of our customers have sampled Alderwood Smoked Salt at one of the outdoor markets, and became enamored after their first bite. One of our favorite uses is simple and delicious. Take an avocado, half it and discard the seed. Grind some Alderwood Smoked Salt and Special Peppercorn Blend, then drizzle some Lemon Oil over the top. The salt brings out the natural smokiness of the fruit making this quick side dish a quick family favorite. If you don’t have our wonderful Lemon Olive Oil, you can substitute a good regular Olive Oil and some fresh lemon juice.

Alderwood Smoked Salt originated in the Pacific Northwest and was perfected by the Native American Indians in that region. The Northwest tradition of smoking salmon and other meats with Northwest Red Alderwood has been a way of cooking for hundreds of years. Slowly smoked over real Alderwood logs, this Pacific sea salt has a very clean smoked flavor, with no additives or preservatives.

Alderwood Smoked Salt is equally delicious on meats as well as veggies. When using for grilled meats, season with all other flavors before grilling then salt with Alderwood Smoked Salt after the meat has been cooked. Use it to salt steamed or grilled vegetables, on salads, in rice or pastas, and it’s also a great addition to soups. Try a great alternative to a traditional leaf salad: dice an avocado, red onion and tomato. Mix together with Alderwood Smoked Salt, Special Peppercorn Blend, Barrel Aged (18 yr. old) Balsamic Vinegar and Mosto Olive Oil.