Be Adventurous with "Exotic" Salt Varieties and Peugeot Salt Mills

Salt When it comes to cooking, we cooks tend to be picky about the food we prepare, as well as the ingredients we choose to prepare each dish with.  We buy the best cuts of meat, the freshest vegetables...

Salt
Salt

When it comes to cooking, we cooks tend to be picky about the food we prepare, as well as the ingredients we choose to prepare each dish with.  We buy the best cuts of meat, the freshest vegetables and fruits and look for just the right spices to get the absolute finest in flavor.  Yet, when it comes to salt, many of us stick with Plain Jane options, occasionally branching out to pickling salt for canning, or sea salt for day to day use.  It seems a shame to remain so limited when it comes to our salt selection in cooking, when every day, our access to different varieties of salt from all around the world widens.

Unlike several years ago, more "exotic", or artisan salts are becoming easier and easier to find in specialty shoppes and supermarkets alike.  However, knowing which salt works best in which application isn't common knowledge to many of us more used to our salt choices being limited to kosher, sea, or iodized.

Himalayan Pink Salt
Himalayan Pink Salt

Himalayan Pink Salt is a good place to start when branching out to exotic salts while cooking, or preparing food.  This very pure salt is mined at one of the world's largest salt mines in the Jhelum District, Punjab, Pakistan and ranges from 97% to 99% sodium chloride with trace minerals of magnesium, iron, sulfur, potassium and calcium.  It's over all flavor is very subtle with a hint of sweetness and lends itself well to fish, and pork as well as use for everyday use.  Because of its relative lack of moisture, it is also ideal for everyday use and for use in a salt mill, such as our peugeot salt mills.

If you are looking for a salt with a little more of that delectable mineral undertone, a perfect choice would be Sel Gris from France.  This pale gray salt varies in moisture content depending on whether it is of the Guerande, or Noirmoutier variety--with the Guerande being the moister of the two.  This salt creates a beautiful, mineral dense flavor that lends itself well to cooking and finishing meats such as beef and venison.  It also works wonderfully in rubs, brining and, thanks to its slightly crunchy nature, salt crusts.

Of course, adventurous tasters must foray into the exciting world of smoked salts.  With varieties ranging from Atlantic Mesquite Smoked Salt to the popular Red Alder Smoked Pacific Sea Salt, to the more rugged Cyprus Hardwood Smoked Flake Salt--the choices of smoked salts are many.  As with smoked meats, the flavor depends on the method of smoking, the materials used and the saturation of the smoke flavor into the salt itself, but most smoked salts retain a slightly pungent, aromatic quality that imbues your meat and vegetables an assertive smoke flavor which cannot be beat.

No matter your tastes on the salt front, being adventurous can lead to a whole new take on how salt can impact, and improve your culinary experience.  Of course, keeping each new salt you cook with in its appropriate home has never been easier than with our great selection of salt cellars and mills.  Contact us, or shop online now to find what you are looking for at Cilantro, The Cooks Shop.