Salt - Information and Spice Variations

Salt is actually a mineral, not a spice. Therefore, it does not lose its flavor over time like spices and herbs do. Salt has been an important player in world commerce and cuisine since ancient times, and "salts" our language and literature as well. No kitchen is complete without salt.

See a video of The Spice Boss explaining salt varieties.

Spice Boss Talks Salt

Culinary salts come in two basic categories - sea salt and mined salt. All salt originates in sea water, but sea salt is evaporated from liquid ocean water, while mined salt is taken from ancient deposits left by long-dry seas. In recent years gourmet salts have grown immensly in popularity, leading to a confusion about the different types. Although some palates can detect a flavor difference between types of salts, for most people, choosing a cooking salt should be based on texture. If you have a grinder, a large grain dry salt like La Baleine coarse grain of Tidman's rock salt is a good choice. If you are a hands-on cook, a flake salt like Kosher or Maldon may suit you better, since the particles can be easily crushed in your fingers.

The fluffy flakes of Kosher, Maldon, fleur de sel, and salt cream dissolve faster in food or on the tongue, resulting in a "saltier" taste than granular salts. Sea salts, especially grey salt and Hawaiian Red and Black salts, have a higher concentration of additional minerals compared to pure sodium chloride.

Besides pure salts, we offer a variety of seasoned salts for a more complex salty taste. These salt blends are a great way to add flavor anywhere you'd add salt.

Click here for a list of the sodium content in our salts.

Celery Salt

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Celery salt is a classic mixture of fine-grained salt and ground celery seed. Sprinkle a little celery salt on pork roast, beef roast, vegetables, …

Curing Salt

Curing salt is also known as Prague Powder Number 1. This is a standard 6.25% cure for any meat that requires cooking, smoking or canning. The re…

Garlic Salt, Regular or Fancy

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Regular garlic salt is a very versatile all purpose seasoning salt. A great all around seasoning salt, our regular garlic salt is just what it says -…

Hickory Smoke Salt

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A great way to add smoke flavor without the fire. This blend is very strong, and a little bit will go a long way. This is a natural smoke flavor on…

Onion Salt, Regular or Fancy

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Onion salt is a cornerstone of seasoning salts. Our regular blend has granulated onion powder with fine-grained salt. Our fancy version contains co…

Salt, Portuguese "Saltcream" Sea Salt

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Saltcream is the Portuguese version of the more well known French Fleur de Sel. Both salts come from the top of the drying pile. When the saltwater…

Portuguese Traditional Sea Salt "Sel Traditionael de l'Ocean Atlantique"

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Sel Traditionel de l'Ocean Atlantique is the Portuguese version of the popular French Grey Sea Salt. This bulk sea salt is much whiter than the Fren…

Salt Cellar

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Hand-made in Kentucky by the same artisan who supplies our spice racks , these gorgeous salt-cellars are a wonderful way to keep salt handy for cooki…

Specialty Salts Gift Box

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The current craze for fancy specialty sea salts has not escaped our notice. We have tested dozens of exotic sea salts in the last several years. In…

Himalayan Pink Salt

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When the Indian Subcontinent crashed into Asia and pushed the Himalayan mountains out of the ocean, evaporating seawater left salt deposits high and …

Kosher Flake Salt

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Kosher flake salt has flakes somewhat larger than your average table salt. In most marinade recipes, this type of salt is specifically called for. …

Porcini Sea Salt

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This intensely aromatic finishing salt starts with Salt Cream, the Portuguese version of the French Fleur de Sel, the highest quality sea salt skimme…

Rock Salt, Tidman's

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These coarse crystals are large enough to go in your salt grinder, but small enough to use in rubs and long-cooking dishes. Made from pure mined sal…

Truffle Salt

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The rich, earthy flavor of truffles makes even simple scrambled eggs gourmet, but truffles can be hard to find and prohibitively expensive. This rar…

Fleur de Sel "Esprit de Sel" French Sea Salt

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Esprit du Sel Fleur De Sel French Sea Salt is uniformly clean and sparkling. This salt has been harvested by hand on the Atlantic island of Re, Fran…

Fleur de Sel de Noirmoutier Malandel French Sea Salt

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Malandel Fleur de Sel French Sea Salt is harvested by a Paludier who claims that it is "made of the finest salt crystals floating at the surface of t…

Sel Marin de Guerande French Grey Sea Salt

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This sea salt is available to us in bulk, hence we are able to offer a better price than some of the other sea salts that are shipped from Europe in …

Hawaiian Black Lava Or Red Alaea Sea Salt

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Premium Hawaiian natural sea salts have a unique combination of taste, color, and mineral content. Both the black lava salt and the red alaea clay s…

La Baleine French Sea Salt, Coarse or Fine

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French "La Baleine" is a white sea salt. This sea salt is evaporated to a sparkling white by sun and sea breezes, then washed in clear Mediterranea…

Maldon English Sea Salt Flakes

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Maldon English Sea Salt is a fabulous pure crystal salt. It comes from Essex, which is located in Southeastern England. This fine salt is harvested …

Fumee de Sel Chardonnay Oak Smoked Sea Salt

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Chardonnay oak smoked sea salt is a very unusual salt which teams an unlikely pair together; a prestigious winery and an artisinal salt company. The…

Maldon Smoked Sea Salt Flakes

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This is the smoked variety of our popular Maldon English Sea Salt. It has delicate pyramid flakes, which can be crushed in your fingers for control …

Sel de Provence, French Herb Sea Salt

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We take fine, high-grade fleur-de-sel sea salt and blend in our Herbs de Provence to create a subtly flavored, aromatic salt. The delicate flavor of…

Vulcan's Fire Salt

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This hot salt is so terrific, we decided to name it in honor of the Roman god of fire, Vulcan. As the name implies, Vulcan's Fire Salt is designed …