Today I'm going to talk about salt... and hopefully I'll end up teaching you a thing or two about this totally disrespected ingredient.
You see, salt is like fat; it’s gotten a bad rap over the years that it totally doesn’t deserve.
Since part of our Wild Foods mission is spreading education on ingredients, Real Food nutrition and human health, dispelling some of the myths surrounding salt is a no brainer for us.
Like fat, the public’s misunderstanding of salt is the result of poor research and sensational, scare-tactic headlines used by the media to get attention.
I’ll try to make this easy for you as I can...
Real salt that is extracted from earth in its whole form is an essential nutrient to the human body.
Salt from the sea or from deep within the Earth’s crust is full of trace minerals and electrolytes that humans need to consume to live.
These come in the form of sea salt or rock salt.
Then there’s the salt you find on the table at restaurants. This is table salt. In most cases, this salt is a highly refined, harshly processed salt lacking in the beneficial minerals your body needs, and you should skip it.
Mass-produced salts are mined and manufactured in a way that removes most, if not all, of the natural minerals found in untreated sea and rock salts.
In fact, some salt brands started adding iodine back into their salt—and other minerals—in an effort to make them “healthier.”
These mass-produced salts also tend to have a metallic flavor and often contain anti-caking preservatives and additives.
This is, sadly, the kind of salt that most restaurants use.
It’s mind-boggling that this kind of salt is so ubiquitous when it’s not that hard to produce a higher quality salt.
I guess this should come as no surprise considering it’s the rule rather than the exception in the food industry.
Lucky for you and I, there’s a better way… two better ways, actually.
The first better way is sea salt.
Sea salt is usually made by evaporating salt water.
The first consideration when evaluating a sea salt is what body of water the salt is harvested from. Certain waters produce different flavored salts, consisting of varying amounts of pollution and mineral content.
This is why it’s important to buy salt from a manufacturer that provides origin information as well as tests their salt for mineral content and contamination. (Our producer does each.)
Which brings us to the first salt in the Wild Foods line: Wild Kosher Flake Sea Salt.
There’s a few things going for this beautiful, delicious and delicate sea salt.
First of all, it is a flake salt and a kosher sized salt.
The flake, which is produced using elaborate evaporation techniques, produces a fine crystal salt that's both a cooking and a finishing salt. You can sprinkle it over your finished meal as well as into your recipes during cooking. It has a delicate texture that is easy to crumble between your fingers.
Next, it's a kosher sized salt, which is the most common salt used by chefs and called for in recipes due to it’s ideal grain size.
Most people think kosher salt is salt that’s certified kosher, but that’s not always the case. Nowadays, a certified kosher salt and a kosher sized salt are two different things entirely. (Ours happens to be Kosher certified and kosher sized.)
There’s some history behind how kosher certified salt become known as just kosher sized salt, but we won’t go into that right now. Just know that the reason kosher sized salt is a favorite among chefs is due to the grain size of the salt; not too fine and not too coarse. Kosher salt makes for the perfect all-purpose salt that’s easy to hold and that allows for better control of the seasoning process.
This perfectly sized sea salt is unique among sea salts because most aren't found in a kosher size, and even less are found in kosher sized flake form.
To get the delicate flake salt texture, flake salts form on the surface of salt ponds and must be harvested at exact temperatures and times, making it a more expensive salt to produce than mass-produced salts and even higher quality sea salts.
Wild Flake Kosher Salt is an all natural salt harvested from the Pacific Ocean that is unrefined and untouched by chemicals. It will quickly become the most used salt in your kitchen!
Now that you know the first way to raise your salt game—with Kosher Flake Sea Salt—it’s time you learned about the second option.
You’ve probably already seen or heard about this type of salt consider its popularity has grown in recent years with the rise in health-conscious food trends. And for good reason: This salt is one of the most nutrient dense salts in the world, and it’s beautiful pink color proves it in a glance.
Wild Himalayan Pink Salt is mined from deep under the Himalayan Mountains, which produces a salt full of the 80+ trace minerals and electrolytes your body needs.
Wild Pink Salt
Wild Himalayan Pink is our second, and newest, addition to the Wild Foods line. It is mined from ancient sea salt deposits left behind from the Jurassic era. It is the purest form of salt you can get due to the fact that the salt has been untouched by man and never exposed to pollution of any kind because it has been naturally preserved in the Earth's crust for millions of years.
Wild Himalayan Pink has the purest taste you'll find in any salt.
Personally, whenever I add a dash of Himalayan Pink to my recipes or in my morning lemon water, I know I'm doing my body good.
Between our fine grain Himalayan Pink and Wild Kosher Flake Salt, you have enough delicious, healthy and mineral-dense salt to cover the entire spectrum of salt use in your life.
And because we want to get these healthy and delicious salts into as many homes as possible, we created special discounted Wild Salt Bundles (right).
Salt will last forever as long as you keep it in a cool, dry place where it can't absorb moisture from the air.
So if you are still using that cheap mass-produced—often bleached white—industrialized salt, I implore you to consider an upgrade. Not only are you going to upgrade your health with this simple change, but your meals are going to get an upgraded as well.
A final note on the benefits of salt: Salt pulls out the flavor of food.
When salt comes into contact with food, it helps aroma compounds release into the air, which helps you taste and smell ingredients better.
Salt also cuts down on bitterness, which has a double effect of reducing biter flavors while letting you taste other, more subtle, flavors that the bitterness may have masked.
The best way to start using more salt to upgrade your home cooking game is to keep some nearby in a pinch jar. Add a dash to your smoothies, drinks, desserts, and even your drinking water (it helps your body absorb the water).
If you aren't seasoning your food, you are missing out on flavor and nutrition.
When you are using a premium sea or rock salt and cooking at home, you can use a lot more salt than you're probably used to.
Most people are afraid to use salt either because they think it’s “not healthy” and/or because they are afraid to make their food taste too salty. The thing is, as long as you taste along the way, you can get away with a lot more seasoning. As a result, you’re food is going to instantly taste wayyyy better.
“Salt is born of the purest of parents: the sun and the sea.”
-Pythagoras (580 BC - 500 BC)
Yours in Health,
Wild Foods Founder