We think every merchant we work with for Provisions is special -- but when we find one with a great story, we'll be featuring them here. Because we want to tell the world about our favorite makers.
Today: How Ben Jacobsen of Jacobsen Salt Co. makes the best salt in the world -- and how to get your hands on some.
What was the first thing your mother told you to remember in the kitchen? The chances are good it was to season your food. So how can we claim to bring you the best of the best in our new shop, Provisions, if we can’t even provide you with the most basic kitchen essential? Not to worry -- our mothers taught us well enough to know that Jacobsen Salt Co. had to be one of our first merchants.
Ben Jacobsen, founder of Jacobsen Salt Co., approached salt-harvesting as a hobby even before he saw it as a business (and if that doesn’t convince you of his passion for the industry, well, we can’t help you). His company, based in Netarts Bay, Oregon, became the first to harvest salt from the Oregon Coast since Lewis and Clarke. Lewis and Clarke!
Perhaps most importantly, he churns out salt with big, delicate flakes that we turn to every time we need to finish a dish. See how it's made below, and watch closely for our favorite part: when the salt crystals move across the water in what Ben describes as a "patternless dance."
Video shot and produced by Todd Coleman.