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Home Food Food Expert Blogs The Difference Between Varieties of Salt

The Difference Between Varieties of Salt

different-types-of-saltFollow this simple "different types of salt" guide to host your very own salt tasting with a few interested friends.  You’ll be surprised how much you’ll learn!


FLEUR de SEL

Translated as  “Flower of Salt,” Fleur de Sel is an unrefined, hand-harvested sea salt found in France.  This creamy white salt is very moist and does not dissolve when sprinkled on food.  “Fleur de Sel is best used as a finishing salt so you can enjoy the crunchy texture,” says Davis.  Expect strong sea and mineral flavors; perfect on seafood and vegetables or my favorite use is atop chocolate caramels.
Product Recommendation: Fleur de Sel de Guerande, “The Queen”. ($9.00/3.25 oz. jar)

FLAKE SALT

More delicate than Fleur de Sel, flake salt is composed of dry crystals that are plate-like or “flakey” providing a nice crisp texture.  The flavor of flake salts can range from mild to decidedly salty.  “The unique texture makes flake salt especially attractive on food – it’s a perfect finishing salt,” says Didi.
Product Recommendations:  Murray River Pink Salt Flakes, “The Satin of Salts” ($8.50/1.5 oz. jar); White Cyprus Sea Salt Flakes, ($8.50/1.5 oz. jar)

SMOKED SALT

These aromatic salts are created using evaporated sea salt and wood smoke for a bold smoky flavor.  Flavors vary depending on the wood type used in this artisanal process and the texture is typical of sea salt.  “A great kitchen short-cut for adding smoky flavors to meats, potatoes and vegetables,” says Davis.
Product Recommendation:  Maine Cherry Wood Smoked Sea Salt, Made exclusively for Salt Traders! ($8.50/1.5 oz. jar); Danish Viking Smoked Sea Salt, “made today in the same style as the Vikings”,  ($15.00/1.5 oz. jar)

FLAVORED SALT

Flavored salts provide one of the easiest ways to elevate your cooking every day.  Made by blending high-quality sea salt with any number of ingredients, these salts provide unique and vibrant flavors to cooking.   Because of the additional ingredients, color and texture vary and look beautiful sprinkled on foods.  “A convenient and sophisticated way to enhance your cooking,” says Davis.
Product Recommendation: Favorites - Spicy Paprika Salt ($7.00 /  1.5 oz. jar); Aleppo Chile Pepper Salt ($7.00/1.5 jar); Savory Syrah Salt,  ($9.00/1.5 oz. jar)

All products mentioned can be purchased at Salt Traders (you can find them online). Chef Davis’ website also offers her favorite artisanal olive oils, citrus oils, saba, vinegar, honey, sugar, cocoa and kettle corn blends and vanilla.

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Sally Bernstein

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About the author

Hi, my name is Sally and I am Editor-in-Chief of Sallys-Place.com, a partner site of Womensforum devoted to food, wine, and travel! I am also a food journalist, restaurant critic and have written for the Houston Post newspaper as a restaurant and food critic and lifestyle writer, was editor of a Zagat Restaurant Survey, and I've been interviewed on the Food Network.  I also co-host Sally's Place Internet Radio Network. I studied at La Varenne, Le Pot au Feu and Cordon Bleu cooking schools in Paris, with Simone Beck in Provence, France, as well as with Giuliano Bugialli in Florence, Italy. I have also taught cooking classes, including on a cruise and on television.