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What's the best brand of sea salt?

asked by Kelsey Banfield over 5 years ago
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added over 5 years ago

I second the vote for Maldon. Something about the particular composition of the salt flakes makes them into very thin, hollow, angular pyramids. This gives a huge surface area with comparatively little actual salt. This, in turn, leads to great visual appeal, mouthfeel, and crunch without over-salting your food.

By the way, Maldon also makes a smoked version of their salt. Upon smelling it I purchased it with great excitement... but found the smoke component of the flavor to be so scant that if you didn't know it was there you'd miss it.

added over 5 years ago

Depends on what your looking for.


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added 11 months ago

Best in flavor, texture, color? Some are crystallized and need a grinder, some flaky, some granular. there's white, grey, black, red. For flavor & finishing, I like both Maldon and sel de guerande, But you might not. A side benefit in popularized sea salts is sampling sets with 4-8 varieties from around the world. If you don't have a favorite or two, work your way through one of these sets, then buy individual packages of the one(d) you like.

added 11 months ago

As a finishing salt, Maldon is my favorite.

For regular use in my kitchen to add as an ingredient to recipes, I use RealSalt. It's non-iodized and still contains all the other trace minerals salts normally have - meaning it's not just sodium chloride and iodine. Supposedly healthier? I don't know, but I like the way it tastes and and I like the size of the granules (although it comes in two different sizes).