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Salt: Sel Gris French Sea Salt

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Sel Gris French Salt

Sel gris is a type of coarse, moist granular sea salt which was made popular by the French.

Sel gris and fluer de sel are both harvested from the same salt pans, but the fluer de sel is raked off the top, whereas sel gris is allowed to, and often does, come in contact with the bottom of the pan. This is what gives sel gris its grey color.


Sel Gris Facts

"Sel gris" comes from the French "grey salt." 

Sel gris is used as a cooking salt and a finishing salt.

It is significantly denser than table and kosher salt, and therefore much less needs to be used. However, it does not remove moisture from food, like kosher salt.

Between 90 and 165 lbs of sel gris can be harvested in a day, as opposed to the 4.5 to 6.6 lbs that is yielded in a day of fleur de sel.

 


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