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30 Days of Flavor: 03/24/11 – The salt you SHOULD eat

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.

We are often asked about the difference between regular table salt (iodized salt) and the natural sea, glacial, and river salts that we carry. Iodized table salt is chemically washed and what is left is sodium chloride, which your body recognizes as foreign since this is an unnatural chemical form of salt. This leads to your body working very hard to try and metabolize it, triggering excess fluid in body tissue that can contribute to kidney or gallbladder stones, cellulite, arthritis and gout, as well as heart and blood pressure issues. Unfortunately, eight to ninety percent of the money that Americans spend on food is to buy processed foods that strictly used sodium chloride in preparation, then we add more salt at the table. No wonder there is such a health crisis happening here. However, with the slow food movement, everyone is starting to realize that we can eat healthy meals and control what goes into our bodies by seasoning our own food, instead of leaving it up to corporations that only focus on the bottom line in the cost of their food production. Today, we will be discussing the differences in the pink colored salts that we carry, which are all beautiful, loaded with minerals, and are all naturally occurring, hand-harvested salts.

Bolivian Rose Salt is hand harvested from the Andes Mountains in Bolivia. Ancient sea salt deposits were covered with volcanic lava creating a salt high in mineral content while protecting it from pollution. Savor a unique and pleasant flavor while roasting or grilling meats. Great for Prime Rib and Pork Loin. Also nice in baked goods, on chocolate, or fruit. We have it available in a refillable grinder or by ounce in a resealable container. Great to use as an alternative to table salt.

Himalayan Pink Salt has the highest mineral content of any natural salt. It has many nutritional health benefits and is also recognized to naturally detoxify your system. This salt began it’s process 250 million years ago, and has remained protected from pollution and impurities. Using Himalayan Pink Salt is a pure, healthy replacement for the usual chemically processed, artificial table salt. Ideal for use when roasting or grilling meat, chicken, fish, and is a wonderful compliment to desserts, especially chocolate. If you have a piece of dark chocolate that is a bit bitter, just sprinkle some of this salt on it and the salt will take the bitterness completely out of the flavor. We have it available in a refillable grinder or by ounce in a resealable container.

Murray River Flake Salt is one of our favorites. The greatest of Australia’s rivers is the Murray River, and it’s source of water is the snowy Australian Alps. The combination of the Murray-Darlin Basin’s low rainfall and high evaporation concentrates salt in the groundwater through a natural process. By utilizing these waters that have been laying dormant for many years, the environment is improved and this beautiful flake salt is produced. Murray River Flake Salt readily dissolves into your food with a mild salt flavor and mineral undertones. Perfect for finishing, roasting or baking. We have this salt available by the ounce.


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30 Days of Flavor: 03/14/11 – Chimichurri and Saffron Salts

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.

Today, we’re talking salts, specifically two of our most popular blends, Chimichurri Salt and Saffron Salt. They are both very different flavors but equally delicious, one inspired by European cuisine, the other originating in South America. Both salts are available in a refillable grinder containing almost four ounces of salt or in larger bulk quantities at VSpicery.

Chimichurri is a seasoning blend, typically used as a wet sauce, that originated in Argentina and has made it’s way onto American dinner tables. VSpicery’s incredibly flavorful Chimichurri Salt begins with a natural sea salt that is infused with garlic, basil, parsley, lemon peel and cilantro. Wonderful on grilled chicken, fish or beef, and can be used as a marinade or seasoning before grilling. For flavorful grilled shrimp, combine olive oil, lemon juice, Chimichurri Salt, and fresh chopped garlic, then marinade for at least one hour, or overnight. Then skewer and grill. Serve with grilled veggies or over a big salad.

Our Saffron Salt is another amazing and unique flavor, a blend of natural sea salt, garlic, lemon, basil, oregano, rosemary, mint, saffron and a bit of chili pepper for a subtle kick. Great on grilled and roasted meats, especially chicken, fish, and seafood. Also excellent when used with your favorite pasta, paella, risotto or rice dishes. Instead of using plain salt in a favorite Latin dish, Yellow Rice and Chicken, try using Saffron Salt along with the rest of the traditional seasonings and wow your family.

We also have a Seasoned Salt Sampler that contains a small quantity of six of our flavorful salts, including the Chimichurri, Saffron, Black Truffle, Alderwood Smoked, Applewood Smoked, and Citrus Salts, which makes a fabulous gift for the salt lover in your life.