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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: 03/24/11 – 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.