How to Use Fleur de Sel Finishing Salt

How to Use Fleur de Sel Finishing Salt

Fleur de Sel is a classic French salt from the salt pans of Guerande, in western France. Learn about this unique salt and how to use it for a Mother’s Day breakfast that will bring a bit of Paris to your favorite mother’s special day.

Crystallized Paris

A quote from a Salt Cellar customer says it all: “This salt is your ticket to Paris if you've never been and a welcome reminder if you have. Rich and pure salt flavor, I add it to butter prior to serving with a baguette. Gives any dish a Parisian flare”.

Hand-Harvested

Literally translated as "flower of salt," Fleur de Sel is France’s best hand-harvested salt. Sea water is drawn into marsh basins or salt pans. Salt is left behind on the bottom of the pans when the water evaporates, but some of the salt crystals float to the surface of the water as it begins to evaporate, and forms a crust of crystals. The crystals look like flower pedals, and thus the sweet name. Since the crystals are delicate, they must be harvested by hand, using a wooden rake. The weather must be just right, sunny, dry and with slow, steady winds. All of these conditions make this a hand-crafted salt which can only be produced in small quantities.

Unique Texture

This classic, slightly moist salt will resist dissolving and renders a clean, crisp salty flavor to virtually any cuisine. It is best for sprinkling over your finished dish just before serving. Use it on salads, sandwiches, and desserts. Since this is a slightly wet salt, it is used only for finishing, and not for cooking.

Use a Salt Cellar for European Flair

Because it is slightly wet, this salt does not work well in a shaker. Instead, it can be served with a small wooden spoon directly from the jar, or for a more sophisticated style, try using a salt cellar. Salt cellars were used as far back as early Roman times. They continued to be used throughout Europe until about the middle of the 20th century, but usage began to decline when free-flowing table salt was introduced in 1911, and the salt shaker we know today took its place. On a recent trip to Hungary, Salt Cellar owners Don and Judit Tydeman visited a glass blowing factory. They were so impressed, they had custom swan and water lily salt cellars created. This is the perfect way to present your Fleur de Sel on any occasion.

Easy Parisian-style Breakfast

Steam or grill asparagus. Cook eggs as desired. Spread a layer of hummus on your serving plate. Add asparagus and eggs. Sprinkle with Fleur de Sel finishing salt. Serve with french rolls and butter sprinkled with Flour de Sel.

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Flake Sea Salt and Parsley French Fries

Flake Sea Salt and Parsley French Fries

From fast food to gourmet dining, fries are enjoyed the world over. Some claim they originated in Belgium where poor fishermen fried small fish along the river bank, and when the river froze in the winter, they fried potatoes instead. During World War 1, American soldiers discovered the fries, and brought the tasty treat back home. Now fries are served with everything from steak to sandwiches and everything in between. We tried a variation of the old classic, and used some fresh parsley to give them a bit of color and a flavorful twist. We then paired them with some of our favorite white sea salts for the perfect salty taste and crunch.

Flake Sea Salt

Cypress Flake Salt was an ideal choice. Our versatile Cyprus Flake Salt is known for its stark white color and unique pyramid shape, and can be used in a grinder or crushed with fingers to flavor any number of dishes. We also tried Icelandic Flake Salt. This crunchy, mineral-fresh sea salt is as white as Arctic snow. It’s a great addition to any dish where a crisp, salty finish is in order, and was perfect with our parsley fries.

Flake Sea Salt and Parsley Fries

Ingredients
  • 4 Russet Potatoes, Sliced into Fries
  • 4 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 teaspoons coarse Sea Salt of your choice
  • 2 Tablespoons freshly chopped Parsley
  • Dipping sauce
Directions Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet and drizzle the olive oil. Bake for 20-30 minutes, flipping the fries every 8 minutes or so to brown on all sides. Mix the chopped parsley and sea salt, toss on fries and serve with your favorite dipping sauce. For quick and easy weeknight fries, use frozen french fries instead.

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How to Use Smoked Salt

How to Use Smoked Salt

You've heard about smoked finishing salts, but don’t know where to begin. Our tips, ideas and recipes will get you started and inspire you to create your own delicious smokey dishes.

Easy Weeknight Dinners

You can add a bit of smokey goodness to your standard dinner rotation. Sprinkle a bit of smoked salt on store-bought burgers or frozen pizza for a quick and easy mid-week dinner with flair. Use it on leftovers such as turkey and chicken to give your second-day meal a first-rate taste.

Great Choice with Fish

Alderwood finishing salt is a chef favorite and pairs especially well with salmon and other fish dishes. This Pacific sea salt is slow-smoked over real western red alderwood from the Pacific Northwest. We do not use powders, coloring, or liquid smoke. Our all-natural process produces a clean, potent flavor with no harsh aftertaste.

Meat and Fish Step-by-Step Guide

Check out our earlier blog post for step-by-step directions for preparing meats and fish using smoked finishing salts.

A Fan Favorite

Applewood is our most popular finishing salt. It is versatile, rich, and smokey, perfect for nearly any dish that needs that little something extra. This smoke-infused finishing salt will give some personality to bland turkey sandwiches, scrambled eggs, sausage, and pork dishes.

Portobello Mushroom Sammies

Try smoked salt on baked Portobello mushrooms for a delicious twist to this healthy lunch idea. Ingredients
  • 2 large portobello mushrooms sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • ½ tsp. minced garlic
  • ½ Tbsp. olive oil
  • Tomato Slices
  • Swiss Cheese
  • Sandwich Rolls
  • Mayo or your favorite spread
  • Smoked Salt of your choice
To Make: Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Mix soy sauce, vinegar, garlic and olive oil in a baking dish. Mix to create a marinade. Add mushrooms and spoon the sauce over to moisten them. Let sit for 15 minutes. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove and turn mushrooms over. Continue baking another 15 minutes. Remove and let sit for 5 minutes before serving. Create your sandwiches and finish with a sprinkle of smoked salt.
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Benefits of Himalayan Salt Lamps

Himalayan salt lamps add a warm, comforting glow to any room. The organic shapes and striated orange colors add to their calming effect, with a campfire-like glow. Factor in the health benefits, and you will want more than one for your home.

Clean the Air

The salt crystals are mined 5,000 feet below the foothills of the Himalayan Mountain Range and have been subjected to enormous pressure for hundreds of millions of years. They are over 99% pure ancient ocean salt and are ideal for use in creating negative ionization and air purification when gently warmed by a 15 watt light bulb. As the salt warms up, it attracts water molecules from the air and absorbs the molecules along with mold spores, pet dander, pollen and other pollutants in the air. While salt lamps emit just a small amount of negative ions, every little bit helps. Place one or two lamps in your room and select a spot close to electronics to maximize the all-natural air purification.

Sleep Well

Every light color affects the human brain in different ways. While blue wavelengths help increase reaction time as well as boost attention and mood during the day, research has found that exposure to blue light suppresses the production of melatonin more than any other type of light. Electronics with screens, as well as energy-efficient lighting, increases our exposure to blue wavelengths. Turn off the electronics and replace the nightlight with the warm glow of an orange salt lamp. Orange is known to promote a calming affect, and can ease you into a relaxed mood at the end of the day.

Naturally Beautiful

Himalayan Salt Lamps make a perfect gift for weddings and baby showers. While home styles range from historic to modern, and everything in-between, a salt lamp will fit with any decor. Choose a whimsical animal shape for a nursery, and a natural shape for a kitchen or living room and you will have a winning gift for any occasion.

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How to Make Deviled Eggs With Finishing Salts

How to Make Deviled Eggs With Finishing Salts

Deviled eggs have been a staple for brunch buffets, picnics, and family gathering for years. Add just the right finishing salt and you've got a new take on an old favorite. We tried several and loved them all. This easy deviled egg recipe will spark your creativity. Have fun… we sure did!

Add Your Finishing Touch With These Salts:

We used Arctic Thyme Finishing Salt for an interesting combination of taste and texture. The Arctic Thyme lends a bit of color, and an herbal flavor without being overpowering. The flakes of Icelandic salt add interest and a bit of crunch to the creamy egg. Sriracha and salt are two things that go great on anything. This sea salt is infused with the flavor of spicy sun-ripened chilies, the same chilies used to make the world-famous sauce. The red color of the salt adds a nice contrast to eggs, and the flavor adds just a bit of spicy zing. Try any smoked salt, but we recommend our Applewood Smoked Salt as it imparts a velvety, rich smoke that combines beautifully with the deviled egg. Hey, what's a devil without a little smoke? All-natural Black Truffle infused salt combines the distinct taste of black truffles with pure sea salt crystals to create a unique flavor. Bits of Black Truffle mushrooms combined with extra fine sea salt and garlic make this a perfect choice for deviled eggs gone-nouvelle. Make a dozen eggs (24 servings) and try a variety of finishing salts on the whole batch.

Deviled Eggs

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 C Mayonaise or Mayo substitute
  • 1 tsp White Vinegar
  • 1 tsp French Djion Mustard
  • 1 tsp finely chopped shallots
  • 1 tsp chopped capers (optional)
  • Finish with your choice of our finishing salts
Place eggs in the bottom of a pan. Cover with cold water to an inch or two above the eggs. Bring to a boil. Cover, and remove from the heat. Let cool for at least 15 minutes. Peal eggs and cut in half. Place the cooked yokes in a bowl. Add the mayo, shallots, capers, vinegar, and mustard. mix well. scoop the mixture into a pastry bag or a ziplock bag with a hole cut into one corner. Squeeze the mixture into the egg whites, or just spoon the mixture into whites. Sprinkle choice of finishing salts on the yokes. Serve chilled.
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How to Use Arctic Thyme Salt

Flavorful thyme and crunchy sea salt flakes blend to make the perfect rub on poultry or as a finishing salt on potatoes or creamy soups. Known as the “Land of Fire and Ice”, Iceland lives up to its name with glaciers and volcanic springs located right next to each other. This small island country is located near the arctic circle, and has several active volcanoes. Salt Cellar Arctic Thyme Salt brings together two local favorites from this exotic land to give even simple foods a uniquely delicious flavor. Arctic thyme grows in gravel soils and in the dry heathlands of Iceland. It is antibacterial and is known to be good for fighting colds, cough, and upset stomach. It has been used for treating asthma and lung conditions. Icelandic flake salt is pure white and its flat surface gives it a crunchy texture. The contrast of the white flakes and they earthy-green thyme give any dish a a gourmet-finish look. Salt Cellar Arctic Thyme Salt is the perfect way to finish our easy creamy corn soup. See the recipe below, or if you are in a hurry, simply sprinkle the finishing salt on a store-bought soup to give it a delicious homemade touch.
Creamy Corn Soup with Arctic Thyme Sea Salt
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups milk or plant milk
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 2 (12 ounce) cans whole kernel corn
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ground cayenne pepper to taste
In a large pot over medium heat, combine the onion, garlic, parsley and butter. Saute for about 5 minutes, or until onion is tender. Add the flour, stirring well, to make a pasty mixture. Whisk in the milk and the broth. Add the corn and the cream cheese and allow to heat through. Add the garlic salt, black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste. Stir together, sprinkle with Arctic Thyme Sea Salt and enjoy!

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How to Use Salt Scrub to Moisturize Dry Skin

Cold winter weather usually means dry, itchy skin. Try our salt scrub tips below, and you’ll be on your way to healthy, happy skin just in time for spring.

Where to Start

While moisturizing lotions and body butters help, start with a good exfoliating scrub to slough off dead skin cells first. This will hasten the process and improve the overall results. Once the dead cells are gone, your skin will be better able to soak in the moisture of your favorite lotion.

Salt or Sugar?

Sugar scrubs are a good choice for sensitive skin, while salt tends to be a bit more abrasive, and will do a better job on very dry skin. The benefits of Sea Salt go far beyond the exfoliation factor. The right combination of ingredients will provide you with the best results. Take a look at our Energizing Salt Scrub ingredients below.

Mighty Minerals:

Dead Sea Salt contains around 20 minerals and trace elements, most of which promote good health within our bodies. These six provide great benefits for healthy skin as well.
  • Magnesium promotes healing of skin tissue, soothes damaged skin, and protects skin from microbes that cause allergies.
  • Sulfur is a natural disinfectant and detoxifies the body.
  • Calcium promotes cell renewal, enhances hydration, and helps to prevent wrinkles & fine lines.
  • Bromide relieves muscle cramps, calms nerves, and repairs skin cells.
  • Potassium replenishes moisture, reduces puffy skin, and helps to reduce water retention.
  • Sodium relieves stiff & sore muscles, exfoliates dead cells, and detoxifies skin.

Outstanding Oils

The salt minerals are blended with a variety of beneficial oils. As your body’s largest organ, your skin needs nutrients to keep it healthy as it protects the rest of the body. Oils rich in vitamin A, D, B, and E provide antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients, prevent scarring, maintain skin tone, and promote healing. The oils provide moisture without being too greasy. You’ve Got the Scrub, Now What? To create moist environment, close the bathroom door while you run the water for your bath or shower. Use warm water instead of hot to keep skin from drying out. The oil naturally rises above the salt, so give it a good mix with your finger or a bamboo spoon, then scrub your skin gently. Pay special attention to extra dry areas such as feet and elbows. Rinse, and pat skin dry. The oil will provide a natural barrier on your skin, and lotion is not necessary, but will add an additional layer of moisture if you chose.

Mini Moments, Big Results

Use the scrub for an at-home pedicure. Soak your feet in a small tub of warm water for a few minutes. Scrub with Kiwi Mango Energizing Salt Scrub, and pat dry. Keep a Peach & Honey Scrub next to your kitchen and bathroom sinks for a quick scrub when you wash your hands. The salt is a natural antibacterial, and leaves your skin much softer than harsh liquid soaps.
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How to Make Espresso-Salted Irish Coffee

How to Make Espresso-Salted Irish Coffee

This St Patrick’s Day, forget the green beer. Our Espresso-Salted Irish Coffee is the perfect way to top off any celebration. The coffee is drunk by sipping it through the whipped cream. The espresso salt gives a perfect mix of crunch and contrast to the flavors and textures. We used regular coffee, but you could use decaf for a late-night treat.

Irish Coffee recipe:

Ingredients:
  • 8 Oz. Hot Coffee
  • 1 Cube Brown Sugar
  • 1 Shot Irish Whiskey (We used Tullamore Dew)
  • 1 Splash Grand Marnier
  • Sprinkle of Salt Cellar Espresso Sea Salt
  • Whipped cream (if homemade do not add sugar)
To Make: Pour 8 oz. hot coffee into each mug Add a cube brown sugar and stir to dissolve Add one shot of Irish Whiskey Add a splash of Grand Marnier Carefully spoon whipped cream on top, be careful not to mix in with coffee Sprinkle with Salt Cellar Espresso Sea Salt

Enjoy!

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Kid-Approved Healthy Snacks

We decided to play around with some kid-friendly snack ideas. We had three goals in mind: The snacks had to be nutritious, easy to prepare and most importantly, kid-approved. If your kids are like most, you know these goals are sometimes mutually exclusive. But we like a challenge, so we rolled up our sleeves and ventured into the kitchen. We think your little judges will like these tasty treats as much as ours did. Salted Yogurt Dip with Fruits & Vegetables Start with plain, low-fat yogurt. spoon it into a serving bowl. Top with a sprinkle of finishing salt. We used Salt Cellar Ginger Root Sea Salt for ours. It has a mild flavor, and adds just a bit of color to the yogurt. It also adds a nice little crunch. Serve with mini carrots, sliced cucumbers, celery sticks, apple slices, and strawberries. Kids enjoy helping in the kitchen, and are more likely to try something new if they help with the preparation. If you have a nylon or other child-safe knife, let them help with cutting. Cucumbers are a good place to start, as they are soft and easy to slice. Oven Baked Sweet Potato Chips Sweet potatoes are loaded with potassium and vitamin A. But don’t tell anyone.. just bake up a batch of these yummy chips and watch them disappear. Our Spanish Rosemary Sea Salt gives them the perfect touch of salty goodness, and the rosemary in the salt adds a nice bit of green contrast to the orange potatoes.
  • 2 large sweet potatoes
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Spanish Rosemary Sea Salt
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Peel sweet potatoes and slice thinly, using either a mandolin or sharp knife. In a large bowl, toss sweet potatoes with coconut oil, and salt. Place sweet potato chips in a single layer on a rimmed baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes, then flip the chips over and bake for another 10 minutes. For the last 10 minutes, watch the chips closely and pull off any chips that start to brown, until all of the chips are cooked. Enjoy! We'd love to see hear about your favorite kid-friendly recipes using Salt Cellar Finishing Salts. Share in the comments below.

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Create Great Food With 5 Simple Salt Tips

Create Great Food With 5 Simple Salt Tips

Celebrity chefs like the “Salt Bae" have brought a new popularity to cooking with salt. With his cobra-like hand position, the salt bounces off his forearm and sprays onto the meat like glitter, as the finishing touch of his latest masterpiece. Whether you have a flair for the dramatic or just a flair for serving up great food, these easy salt tips will inspire you to add your own touch of pizazz while you create delicious food your audience at home will love. 1.Salt Your Coffee Really? Yes! Salt reduces bitterness and also neutralizes the stale taste of water which sits in the tank of many coffee systems. Just a quarter teaspoon of salt for every six teaspoons of coffee will do the trick. Check out this earlier blog post for some delicious salted coffee inspiration. 2.Sweeten Up Fruit If you’ve ever added sugar to a grapefruit to cover the bitterness, you know that you just end up with overly sweet grapefruit. Instead, add salt to enhance the flavor of bitter and under-ripe fruit. Try sprinkling Salt Cellar Lime Finishing Salt on fresh watermelon, pineapple, and mango for a sweet and salty treat. Granny Smith apples will go to the head of the class with a sprinkle of Ginger Root Salt. Cut a pink grapefruit in half and broil for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with Salt Cellar Vanilla Bean Finishing Salt and enjoy the sweet, juicy flavors of this warm citrus treat. 3.Sweat it Out Watery vegetables like zucchini and eggplant can get pretty darn soggy when cooking. Remove excess water beforehand, and your eggplant parmesan will go from so soggy to fantastically firm and delicious. Salting also enhances the flavor by decreasing the bitterness inherent in eggplant. Here’s how you do it:
  • Peel and slice the eggplant
  • Place it in a large colander with a towel underneath
  • Salt generously on both sides. We like to use Himalayan Salt for excellent sweating. Let sit 30 to 60 minutes
  • Or, lay the eggplant strips on a Himalayan salt block if you have one. Allow the eggplant to sweat for 30 minutes, then turn and allow the other side to sweat for 30 minutes.
  • Rinse and pat dry with paper towels
  • Prepare you best eggplant dish ever
4. Hold Off Mushrooms become limp and shriveled when cooked in salted water. The skins of vegetables such as peas and broad beans crack in salted water. Save your fresh vegetables from this frightening fate by adding salt after they are cooked instead of in the cooking water. Simply add a little Black Truffle Salt to your cooked peas and you have a prize-wining side dish in both looks and taste. 5.Smells So Good Salt brings out aromas by releasing aroma molecules from food into the air. This stimulates our olfactory receptors, and helps us smell our foods better. Use a Himalayan Salting Cube as a quick and easy way to add salt and aroma to your soup recipes. The smell of your homemade soup will bring hungry mouths to your table for sure. Watch this video to see how Doug made his soup using a cube.
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Easy Snow Ice Cream with Lemon Salt

Easy Snow Ice Cream with Lemon Salt

When snow and cold weather force you indoors, gather up family and friends for an old-fashioned game day. Dig out the board games and create teams for some friendly competition. Make this simple snow ice cream recipe and add some sweet and salty fun. The light and creamy taste is perfect for adding a variety of toppings. We added Lemon Zest Infused salt to ours. Because of the pyramid shaped salt crystals, it looks great on the white snow ice cream, and adds a distinct lemon flavor. Our Fruit trio Salt Set is another great choice, with Lemon Fresco, Lime Fresco, and Ginger Root salts all included in a set. These three finishing salts are great on fruit and ice cream. If you have a flair for adventure, try something hot and spice like Habanero Pepper or jalepeno from our Some Like it Hot Salt Set.

Here’s the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup milk (any kind)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 8 cups clean snow

How to make it:

In a large bowl, whisk milk, sugar, and vanilla together. Stir your snow into the milk mixture a bit at a time until you reach your desired consistency. Top with Salt Cellar Lemon Zest Infused salt and other toppings if desired. Enjoy right away! If you want to try this recipe and don’t have fresh snow available, you can substitute shaved ice. The density will be a bit different so you will have to adjust your ingredients to achieve the right consistency. Share your photos and tell us what sweet and salty toppings made your snow ice cream a hit.

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DIY Valentine's Day Gift Basket

If you’re looking for a unique Valentine’s Day gift, create something simple and useful your valentine will always remember. Start with a basket large enough to hold a few special items. Line the bottom with a towel or some facecloths. Add a candle and a few great Salt Cellar Spa products and you're done. You’ll have a personalized gift that will nourish and rejuvenate body and soul through the final days of winter.

Here are just a few ideas to get your basket started:

All Natural Salt Bath Soak

Himalayan salt contains 84 of the same trace minerals and elements as the human body. This makes it an ideal, all-natural choice for hydrating, detoxifying, and soothing dry winter skin. Magnesium in the salt absorb through the skin while bathing, providing anti-inflammatory and soothing qualities. A scented salt such as Salt Cellar Lavender adds to your home-spa experience.

Heart Shaped Bath Bomb

These sweet hearts (shown in the basket above) are made of all-natural ingredients including Himalayan salt, rose pedals and witch hazel. Fill your tub with warm water, drop in the heart and watch it fizz. As it dissolves it creates a healing oasis. Witch hazel has naturally healing properties for all kinds of skin irritations. Because these little cuties are delicate, they are an in-store only purchase.

Salt Heart and Hand Lotion

Our beautiful salt hearts can be used in many different ways. As an all-natural deodorant, apply to underarms to provide chemical-free deodorant protection. Since salt is naturally antimicrobial, it can be used as a hand sanitizer. Simply rub the heart on your hands as needed throughout the day. Paired with a travel-size of our Salt Cellar Spa Hand Cream, this is a perfect duo to combat winter germs and dry skin. Our rich, soothing hand cream is enriched with natural minerals from the Dead Sea. This help it absorb quickly and protects your hands from dryness and keeps skin soft and silky. Whether you are shopping for Salt Cellar Spa Products on our website or in one of our stores, we can help you create a basket that is perfect for your valentine. We’d love to see what you create. Send us photos and tell us about the products you chose. Save
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