What is sea salt?
What is Coarse Sea Salt?
A lot of recipes use high quality salt these days. Coarse sea salt has a much larger grain to it than common table salt, which is the reason behind the name “coarse”. Coarse sea salt is so popular because of it’s dramatic impact when it comes to flavouring. Each grain of salt is fairly large, so you notice it immediately on your tongue when you taste something, which gives the impression that something is saltier or better seasoned than something lacking coarse salt. Coarse salt is great for finishing off a wide variety of dishes, which ranged from salted caramels and other sweet desserts, to good pieces of bread and steak. A small sprinkle of this high quality salt goes a long away, and coarse sea salt is becoming more popular with people who want to reduce their salt intake simply because they feel they can use less.
Coarse sea salt is not advised for baking. Recipes for baking – unless they specifically ask for coarse sea salt – are written with the expectation that you would use standard table salt. When baking, you want the salt to disperse evenly into the recipe to even out the flavour of the dish. You can use finer coarse salts (such as kosher) in baking without any problems, but it’s best if you use coarse salt for a garnish, or use it when a recipe specifically requires it to be on the safe side!
What is Grey Sea Salt?
Grey Sea Salt is an organic salt from the coastal area of Guérande, Brittany, France. The salt is moist and unrefined and remains a light grey, almost light purple colour because of the clay from the salt flats where it is collected. The salt is collected by hand using traditional Celtic methods and is available in coarse or stoneground fine grain. It’s considered by many to be the best quality salt available. This high quality salt has really gained fame in the culinary world in the last few years.
What is Fleur de Sel?
Fleur de Sel is the premier finishing salt. It is harvested from the top of salt ponds using traditional Celtic methods. This artisan sea salt is comprised of crystals that form naturally on the surface of salt evaporation ponds in the Guérande region of France. The salt crystals are carefully raked using only wooden tools. Just as the cream rises to the top, so does the best Fleur de Sel. This high quality salt is called the “caviar of salts” by chefs worldwide, and also similar to fine wine regions, different areas within the Guérande region produce salts that have their own unique flavours. Fleur de Sel is ideal for salads, cooked fresh vegetables and grilled meats.
What is Smoked Salt?
Smoked Salt is quite a fine salt, and packs a real smokey flavour. The salts that are smoked naturally in cold smokers are slow-smoked over real wood fires to infuse the salt crystals with 100% natural smoke flavour. Smoked sea salts add a unique flavour to a wide range of dishes including roasts, chicken, salads and sandwiches. Unlike artificially infused smoke flavoured salts, all of Vanilla Chef’s smoked sea salts are created using natural smoking methods! The great thing about this smoked salt is that, should you wish to impart a smoked flavour into your dish, it can be easily achieved by adding the Smoked Salt which is a great time saving shortcut.
What is Flaked Salt?
Flaked salt is a light crystal which is created using evaporation techniques that use the natural processes of sun and wind, producing salt brine that is fed into an open evaporating pan. Delicate pyramid-shaped crystals of salt appear through the slow-heating of brine. Use flaked sea salt to bring a complex flavour to steamed vegetables or shellfish. Take a pinch, crush the crystals between your fingertips, and let them fall on freshly cooked food. This salt will add a hint of briny flavour.
What is Blue Sapphire Salt?
Blue Sapphire Salt comes from Persia, in which is it extracted from mines of pure, unpolluted crystallised sea salt which have formed over 250 million years – making it a finishing salt that has history. It has a mild taste, which means that it won’t overwhelm delicate flavours. Blue Sapphire Salt can be used to add a touch of sophistication and glamour to the rims of cocktail glasses, or it can be sprinkled over white fish or carpaccio.