Vulcan's Fire Salt
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 to be a HOT salt. Everyone knows what they expect out of a hot salt. A wonderful tongue burn, maybe a little eye watering! What you may not expect is the rich depth of flavor that this blend offers. This spice combination has influences from Caribbean and eastern Central American recipes, though it doesn't fall into any ethnic or regional tradition. Hence, it can be used on any meat, vegetable or fish. We LOVE it on popcorn. Great in both your morning eggs and Bloody Marys. Sprinkle on pizza. Make a variation of your normal garlic bread by using fresh rubbed garlic and this salt instead of garlic salt.
Just use it any time you want to add some flavor and some heat. It is so all purpose, that we use it as a table condiment, right next to our salt shaker and pepper mill.
Hand mixed from: Salt, Louisiana Chile Mash, Garlic, Habanero Chile, Shallots, Tellicherry Pepper, Lime Peel, Pimenton de La Vera, Picante, Cumin, allspice and Vinegar. Sodium content 671.02 mg per teaspoon; 25.13% sodium
During the Renaissance, there was a physician/alchemist, Paracelsus, who campaigned to elevate Vulcan to the patron diety of alchemy. Not such a far stretch, in light of Vulcan also being the God of volcanoes and the maker of armor, iron, and art sculptures from iron. Not everyone embraced the concept of Vulcan as the best symbol of alchemy. Francis Bacon saw Minerva, the Goddess of wisdom, as the front runner. Paracelsus made a good case for Vulcan in this writing -
"Alchemy is an art and Vulcan (the governor of fire) is the artist in it: He who is Vulcan has the power of the art'...All things have been created in an unfinished state, nothing is finished, but Vulcan must bring all things to their completion. Everything is at first created in it prima materia, its original stuff; whereupon Vulcan comes, and develops it into its final substance...God created iron but not that which is to be made of it. He enjoined fire, and Vulcan to do the rest... This process is alchemy; its founder is the smith Vulcan. What is accomplished by fire is alchemy-whether in the furnace or in the kitchen stove. And he who governs fire is Vulcan, even if he be a cook or a man who tends the stove."
We love how all the pieces of the name of our new Vulcan Fire Salt come into play. He who governs the stove, or tends to the fire, is, in a sense, Vulcan. The deity of alchemy. If there was an ingredient analogous to the alchemist's stone, in the food world, it would have to be salt. If you are addicted to the Food Network, as many of our customers are, you are aware that virtually every savory dish adds salt. A fair amount of salt. Restaurant chefs do this also. Most recipes say "salt to taste". Salt transforms your results. It draws out flavors that you would not have noticed without the addition of salt. This salt goes further than that, because of its other ingredients. So go ahead, Vulcan, add a little fire to your food!