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The Many Colours of Salt Explained - 02 August 2014

When we think of salt we expect it to be white. However, we have discovered salts in many different colours from all around the globe - pink, red, blue, grey, green, black, apricot.  But what creates these different colours?

All salt is sodium chloride, an electrolytic composition formed from evaporating sea water. Refined table salt is white, mainly due to its having been stripped of additional minerals and then having been subsequently cleansed with chemicals.  Unrefined salts however, contain a number of other minerals and trace elements besides sodium and chloride, which can give us some beautifully coloured salts.

Himalayan Pink Salt

This pink crystal salt from the Himalayan Mountains is over 250 million years old and is as pure as the ancient primal oceans and contains all the minerals and trace elements essential to human life. Thetranslucent pink hues come from minerals including potassium, manganese, magnesium and calcium. Iron oxide is the main element that gives the salt its signature colour.  Its subtle crunch and incomparable mineral taste place Himalayan Pink Salt as one of the healthiest and purest salts on earth.

Hawaiian Red Salt

Red Alaea Hawaiian salt has a taste of clean ocean waves. Its distinctive red colour comes from the addition of Alaea (red volcanic clay) which adds iron  oxide, giving this salt its distinctive colour and flavour. This combination was discovered when run-off from the red clay soil ended up in the salt ponds and turned the water and ultimately the salt itself the beautiful red colour.

Guérande Sea Salt

Guérande sea salt, from southern Brittany, is naturally grey, and crystallizes on contact with the clay from which it takes its high trace element content. It is rich in magnesium.   Pure and unprocessed, this salt has been a favourite with Celts for thousands ofyears.  Unrefined, unwashed and additive-free it is ideal for every type of use in the kitchen and on the table.

Persian Blue Salt

Blue salt is one of the rarest salts known to mankind. The intriguing blue colour occurs during the forming of the salt’s crystalline structure, as intense pressure is exerted on the salt deposits. The individual crystals fracture the light in an unusual way and the resulting blue becomes visible. Rich in potassium, Persian Blue is a beautiful salt that enhances all dishes.

Hawaiian Black Lava Salt

Harvested in Molokai, a small volcanic island in the Pacific, this solar evaporated sea salt is combined with activated charcoal, which compliments the natural salt flavour and adds numerous health benefits to the salt.

Dramatic and delicious, exciting and exotic, Black Lava is prized for its luxurious smoky, sweet, yet salty flavour.  Its appearance enhances any gourmet dish.   Black Lava is a must-have for every chef.


Hawaiian Green Bamboo Salt

Harvested by hand, this traditional Hawaiian sea salt is left to dry in the sun before being ground, sieved and mixed with 2% organic bamboo extract(which gives the salt its green hue). 

 

Hawaiian green bamboo salt is primarily used as a seasoning in Asian cuisine, particularly in sushi. 

 

Australian Murray River Salt

Winter rains wet the salt lakes, breeding salt-tolerant algae that secrete a red carotene-based pigment. This pigment turns the lake beds from pink to red, and the result is a simply marvellous salt.

These apricot-coloured salt flakes are more delicate than even flor de sal.

MurrayRiver gourmet salt is the perfect addition to an avocado and tomato salad lacedwith lime juice, just before serving.


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Himalayan Salt Tequila Shot Glasses - 18 April 2014


Just arrived in the UK, these extraordinary shot glasses have the translucent appearance of rose quartz, but they are actually carved from the highest quality, food grade, Himalayan pink rock salt.   

Salt is naturally anti-bacterial, so these glasses require little maintenance, but don't worry - unlike table salt, the long-lasting mineral salt glasses won't simply dissolve away after one shot,and will bring their unique zest to many a party. Perfect for tequila

Size: 3" H x 1.25" dia., 1.2oz (34ml)

  • Care: Not dishwasher safe. Just quickly rinse with water and dry with a paper towel before putting away.  If liquids are left in salt tequila glasses, they will slowly erode over time. Store in a dry place.
    Salt is naturally anti-bacterial. 100% Natural.
    Carved from the finest food grade Himalayan salt. 
    Optimal size for the perfect shot.

As this is natural salt, these shot glasses will vary in colour fromwhite to a rosy pink

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You'll be amazed how the rich taste of Himalayan crystal salt enhances the flavour of your favourite tequila like table salt never did!
A perfect conversation starter for your party, the salt tequila shot glasses will grace any bar or table, adding elegance and fun to many a friendly shot – or business deal!

The trick to using Himalayan salt shot glasses is to mix drinks designed for downing in one!

Liquid dissolves salt so don’t let your shot sit for long, as it will become too salty.

Salt cups have amazing thermal properties that let them stay hot or cold far longer than glass. Freezing, refrigerating, or heating them before serving opens new doors for drink design.

Pop them in the freezer overnight to obtain an incredibly frosty-salty glass for that tequila shot.

 

Testimonials

"I prefer my tequila chased with salt and lime, and these shot glasses—carved from high-quality Himalayan salt—are perfect, no extra salt necessary."—Oprah


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Which SALT? - 10 March 2014


Some argue that sea salt is no longer healthy dueto the level of pollution in our oceans today, though evidence for this isscant.  If this is a concern, there aresalts produced from ancient geological oceans, like Real Salt from Utah beds or Himalayanpink rock salt, which would not have the same level of pollution as saltfrom much of the world’s oceans.


One sea salt that is not recommended for dietaryconsumption is Dead Sea salt, due to its high bromide content. The Dead Sea hasthe highest bromide concentration of any large body of water in the world, andbromide toxicity can occur after consumption. When you go to the Dead Sea for a float in itsextraordinarily buoyant waters, signs warn you “not to drink a drop.”


Regular table salt, conversely, is heavilyprocessed, generally devoid of trace minerals, and commonly containsundesirable additives such as anti-caking agents like sodium silicoaluminate orsodium ferrocyanide. Therefore, generally avoiding table salt is a good idea.





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Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamps Benefits - 11 December 2013
 Many of us live and work in surroundings dominated by technology such as computers, televisions,  microwave ovens, mobile phones, photocopiers, printers, air conditioners, just to name a few. However, we often do not realise that they are a source of harmful positive ions, which deteriorate the quality of air that we breathe and which can result in mental, physical and emotional exhaustion and effect overall wellness.

Himalayan Crystal Salt Lamp Benefits


 
Pink Himalayan crystal salt lamps are natural air ionisers which boost the number of negative ions in the room, acting against the unhealthy build-up of positive ions which are produced by such appliances. Tobacco smoke and many other by-products are also eliminated through use of this Himalayan salt lamp. 

Himalayan salt can also help to cure many diseases and for a long time crystal salt lamps have been recommended by bioenergotherapists and homeopaths in Western Europe to support the treatment of allergies, respiratory and blood system and rheumatism.  Himalayan salt lamps are also used in colour therapy and feng shui and have proven success helping with various physical, mental, allergic and asthmatic conditions.

The Himalayan Salt lamp helps neutralise the positive ions and electromagnetic field frequencies. Therefore, our human energy field becomes balanced through the harmonising energy vibration of the crystal. This can help with relaxation, strengthening the immune system, the heart, the adrenals, the thyroid, to mention just a few.

Air saturated with negative ions has a highly beneficial effect on our health.  The vibrations of all our body cells are harmonised thus helping to improve the functions of our body.
 
Benefits of using a Himalayan Salt Lamp include:

• Gives relief from stress related symptoms

• Protects from electro-smog produced by computers and TV's

• Offers help for headaches, migraine, feeling low and insomnia.

• Cleans the air of tobacco smoke and many by-products.

• Alleviates breathing difficulties in asthmatics and bronchitis sufferers.

• Emits a warm glow to give any room a sense of calm and serenity - Ideal for therapy rooms
 

The colour of the Himalayan Crystal Salt lamp also has healing effects:
Orange     Gives a feeling of security, promotes joy and abundance, activates the kidneys and bladder and is beneficial to the nervous system;
 
Yellow     activates the pancreas, liver and gall bladder and aids concentration;
 
Red     strengthens the vital life force and activates the heart and circulation;
 
Pink     opens the emotional body, supporting the sense of partnership and love;
 
White     has a cleansing and detoxifying effect and represents healing;
 
Brown     helps to find one’s own balance and supports grounding.
 
The size of your Himalayan Salt Lamp is important because the quantity of negative ions emitted from the lamp is directly related to its weight.  Therefore to get the full health benefits it is advisable to choose a lamp of the correct size for your room, (see chart below).

Room Size        Lamp Weight

6 sq metres      2-3kg
10 sq metres    3-6kg
15 sq metres    6-10kg
20 sq metres    10-13kg

Take a look at our full range of Himalayan Salt Lamps
and begin to cleanse your living space and feel the difference. If you have any questions regarding our Himalayan salt lamps or any of our gourmet salt products simply get in touch    
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Gourmet Salt Gift Sets - 25 November 2013

Salt is no longer just something to shake on your fishand chips...

With all the wonderful hand-harvested, natural, rare, gourmet sea salts, crystal rock salts and river salts on the market today, from the dramatic and delicious pitch black glistening Hawaiian Black Lava salt to the sophisticated and luxurious Persian Blue salt, it may be difficult to make a choice. 
 

The effect can be magical. A pinch of finishing salt can transform a simple salad, a pasta dish, and even scrambled egg on toast. Danish Oak Smoked flake salt takes tomato soup to a new dimension, African Pearls rolled into the juices of a steak look amazing, Black Lava salt from Hawaii sprinkled on a mango salad provides a great visual impact.

So why not enjoy your voyage into the world of gourmet salts with one of our Gourmet Gift sets, the perfect Christmas gift for the budding chef. 

  • Balinese Pyramid Sea Salt – for a sensual gourmet experience, sprinkle on vine-ripened tomatoes, avocados, or even sweet dishes such as a green apple tarte Tatin.
  • Hawaiian Black Lava Sea Salt - try it on a watermelon and mango salad. Serve with any white fish for an excellent visual contrast. Black Lava is a must-have for every home chef.
  • Hawaiian Green Bamboo Sea Salt - beautiful in a salt dip, sprinkled on fruit salad, vegetables or crudités.
  • Australian Murray River Salt - perfect for sprinkling on fresh summer fruits.  For a real treat, add just before serving to an avocado and tomato salad, laced with lime juice. Great for rimming drinks!
  • Hawaiian Red Alaea Sea Salt – with its great crunch and mellow flavour this salt is wonderful in Mexican dishes like tamales.  Great for rimming a Bloody Mary glass.  The soulmate of fresh fruits.

But it doesn't stop there! Our Gourmet Salts online store offers everything from world's purest and exotic salts alongside gourmet pepper, Himalayan salt slabs, lamps and tableware. These are the perfect Christmas gifts for your foodie friends! Simply go to our home page where everything is listed and discover the tasty world of gourmet salts and peppers.

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Why Is Table Salt So Bad For Us? - 20 November 2013
For centuries traditional cultures revered and valued natural salt and would go to great lengths to procure it, indeed at times himalayan Himalayan rock salt would hold the same value as that of gold. So why are we increasingly told to limit the amount of salt we consume?

First let's look at the quantifiable benefits of pure natural salt.

Every cell in our body needs salt and it is necessary to regulate blood sugar levels, circulatory health and bone density, amongst many other functions. Every day while we work and play we are losing salt continuously - through perspiration and urine - and it is essential we replenish that loss, but, and here's the crux of the matter, we need to replenish it with natural unrefined salt, as opposed to common table salt.

So Why Is Table Salt Bad For Us?



The table salt we find in our supermarkets is "chemically cleaned" before being packaged and sold. What remains is sodium chloride, which is an unnatural chemical form of salt which our bodies body views as completely foreign. Not only do we use it as table salt, but it is also found in processed food and sometimes at dangerous levels.

Once the "refining" process has been completed, it gets worse. Anti-caking agents are added to isolate each individual grain so that it doesn't clump, allowing you to happily shake your salt seller so that the "poison" can flavour your food!

So once we have consumed the table salt, what happens next?

Well, remember each grain is coated in anti-caking agents to prevent moisture making the salt clump,  but the same additive prevents the body’s natural digestive enzymes from being able to neutralise them. In order for your body to try to metabolise table salt, it takes a tremendous amount of energy and cell water. The perfectly structured cell water is diverted to deal with the table salt leaving the cells dehydrated, resulting in prematurely dead cells.

This in turn can cause further complications such as cellulite, kidney stones, rheumatism, arthritis and gout amongst others.

The facts are there and if the general public understood the benefits of natural salt compared to potentially poisonous table salt, the majority would choose the former and benefit from its natural unrefined state.

Sadly the salt industry, via rigorous advertising, are able to convince consumers that there are actually health advantages to their unnatural concoction.

It really is as simple as this…

Stay away from common table salt (unless you want to de-ice your driveway!) and ONLY consume natural, flavoursome, organic sea and rock salt…

Your body will thank you!

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How To Cook On A Himalayan Salt Block - 07 November 2013

Have you ever wanted to produce unique gastronomical food that would wow your friends at a dinner party? Well look no further - you just need to learn one new skill, how to cook on a Himalayan salt block.


Himalayan salt blocks or slabs, plates or bricks, as they are also known, are harvested from deep within the Himalayan Mountains in Pakistan. Being protected from pollution and impurities, it is considered to be the purest salt in the world.


Himalayan salt blocks are so versatile, nature's purest cooking surface and presentation plate rolled into one.


Before you use one for cooking, you will need to become familiar with it's uses and how cooking will affect it.


Because Himalayan salt blocks are a natural product the thresholds of temperature may vary, as will the appearance and physical characteristics. After a couple of goes you will understand its characteristics and feel confident using it.


Searing Meat, Fish & Vegetables On on A a Himalayan Salt Block



In general our salt blocks can be heated to a temperature of 450 degrees Fahrenheit 230 degrees Centigrade, this is a perfect temperature for searing food, once it cools you can then use it as a cool serving plate.


Firstly when heating, follow these rules depending on appliance.


Oven - Place on a rack in a cold oven and turn the heat to 250 degrees Fahrenheit, 120 degrees Centigrade, when the oven reaches that temperature remove the slab from the oven and leave to cool for approximately 30 minutes. Return once again and set the temperature to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, 200 degrees Centigrade, this will allow the heat to distribute evenly throughout.


Gas Burner - Place the dry Himalayan salt block over a low flame for between 15 and 30 minutes and then increase the heat gradually until you reach the temperature you require.


Electric hob - You will need to use a wok ring or metal spacer so the slab does not make contact with the electric hob. The heating procedure is the same as for gas.


Once you have achieved the correct temperature for your salt block, you are ready to cook!  Make sure, for extra flavour, you, have marinaded or tossed your choice of food in a little oil, herbs and spices. Remove the heated salt block and place on a heat proof surface. Drizzle the slab with a little of your choice of oil, the less oil you use the more salt will permeate your food while cooking.


Place the prepared food directly onto the Himalayan salt block and simply cook to your desired level, moving it around just as you would with any other cooking utensil. It is important to note that very moist foods will absorb more saltiness.


The block will retain it's heat for 20-30 minutes, giving you plenty of time to sear the food for you and your guests. Can you imagine what a spectacle it would be for your guests if you did this at the table?


Hopefully you will now understand why this form of cooking is becoming more popular both at home and in select restaurants, so if you want to get started yourself take a look at our range of Himalayan salt blocks and tableware.


If you have further questions you would like to ask, simply get in touch.


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Canada Health Chiefs Increase Minimum Daily Salt Levels - 25 October 2013

Yes you read that correctly! The Canadian Institute Of Medicine (IOM) released the long awaited report on the review of evidence concerning the consequences of sodium reduction.


For decades now in the Western World, we were told to believe if we did not control our salt intake, then we would be at risk of health problems linked to blood pressure and hypertension. Indeed there is evidence that supports this, but the IOM now conclude that while a reduction in consumption can result in small reductions in blood pressure in some people, it can also cause many other negative health impacts for everyone, for example:


  • Insulin resistance

  • Diabetes

  • Increase in cholesterol levels and triglycerides

  • Cardiovascular events


Up until recently and the release of the report, the concern for hypertension was the sole consideration behind any recommendations to reduce salt intake. But Morton Satin, Vice President of the Salt Institute said of the report, "The latest research makes it clear that we have to be concerned with the sum of all health impacts.".


In May 2013, The IOM completed it's exhaustive review on the subject resulting in them stating that the current recommendations did not conform to the latest evidence on sodium and it’s impact on our health. Hypertension Canada are the first organisation to review their own policy, suggesting a 30% increase in sodium consumption to to a minimum of 2000mg per day.


Of course, here at Gourmet Salt we stress the importance of the type of salt you consume. Natural, organic, crystal salt contains many trace minerals which enhances the body's health as opposed to refined table salt, which is has not only been stripped of those minerals but has then been subjected to the addition of harmful anti.-caking agents.


Then of course there are the many different salt varieties from around the World to choose from, enhancing both your health and your cooking.


If you have any questions regarding our products or want to find out more about the health benefits of natural salts then simply get in touch.


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What Are Himalayan Salt Blocks? - 21 October 2013
If you didn't already know, Himalayan salt is an extremely versatile and mineral rich natural rock salt. It has been used and revered for centuries and continues to offer a gourmet twist to food with the added health benefits and minerals our bodies require to remain healthy.

But it doesn't stop there. Another popular Himalayan salt product is the Himalayan salt block. also known as Himalayan salt slab, brick or plate it is an artful new way to present, cook or serve your favourite dishes.

So What Are Himalayan Salt Blocks?



Himalayan Pink salt blocks are harvested from deep within the Himalayan Mountain range in Northern Pakistan. Being protected from pollution and impurities for millions of years it is the purest salt in the world. Initially mined in large boulders it is then sliced into blocks, slabs and bricks, plates and even sculpted into bowls.

Due to the unique lattice formation of the crystal, it has a very low moisture content and porosity. Because of this it can be heated to a very high temperature. When cooking on it, its lack of porosity means that the salt that impacts on the food is minimal but hugely flavoursome.

You don't have to cook on it though. Many sushi bars now serve their signature dishes on chilled Himalayan salt blocks, . Not only does it look stunning but it also adds flavour as well.

Imagine your dinner guests’ amazement when you present them with a platter of prepared seafood on a 250 million year old salt slab! You can do the same with fruits, cold cuts, cheeses,  and crudities and even ice-cream.

Our Himalayan Salt blocks are used in some of the finest restaurants in the country and we are proud to have Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck as one of our regular customers.

Alongside our salt slabs we also have a range of Himalayan salt tableware and even Himalayan Salt lamps. All our products come with cleaning and  care instructions to extend their lifetime.

If you have any questions regarding Himalayan Salt blocks or any of our other gourmet salt products, simply get in touch.

If, however, you already appreciate their incredible qualities and want to get started you can easily order one here.

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Is Salt Dangerous? | The Truth - 05 July 2013

Salt, believe it or not, is hardly ever out of the news…


"Salt Kills" scream the so called experts, "Cut back or face the consequences".


Now this might surprise you, but I'm inclined to agree…


…IF they are referring to those dreaded products - table salt & cooking salt.


Table salt starts out as natural salt but during the manufacturing process it is stripped of all minerals other than sodium and chloride. Then anti-caking agents and other chemicals are added that makes it not only unhealthy, but potentially toxic.


Not only can it be found on dinner tables and in food pantries, it is also found (and sometimes in astronomical amounts) in packaged and processed foods. I am not going to go into detail here on the damage and potentially life threatening disorders it can cause read this for a more detailed and scary explanation!


It is for this reason that we are being constantly told to cut down or avoid salt if we want to live a long and healthy life.


But just hold on a minute…


Salt Intake | The Truth


Salt in its purest form has been of great historical significance and has played a major part in the evolution of humanity. Why would this, so called "damaging" substance, have been so highly prized for thousands of years across all continents?


Well let's look at possibly the most revered salt - Himalayan crystal salt. It contains 84 minerals and trace elements that are vital to life, for example did you know that just a few of the benefits include…


  • Promotes stable pH balance in the cells, including the brain.
  • Encourages excellent blood sugar health, aiding those with Type 2 diabetes.
  • Increase bone strength.
  • Creates a healthy libido.
  • Reduces the common signs of ageing.
  • Reduces chances of developing rheumatic and arthritic related conditions.
  • Helps remove excess acidity from the body's cells (helpful to preventing cancer).


These are just a few examples of the benefits that can be derived from this amazing, natural, holistic product and it's important that everyone is aware that there is a healthy alternative to the toxic salt which attracts so much bad press.


So treat yourself today, banish the table and cooking salt to the rubbish bin and replace it with one of nature's finest natural products!

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