Experts and chefs have decrypted the many exotic varieties salt lining supermarket shelves so that you can include them in your pantry.
Samin Nosrat is food writer and known chef, famous for her acclaimed and known documentary series Salt, Acid, Fat, Heat. In a column for New York Times explains how salt is the single most ingredient in cooking. “Salt’s relationship to flavor is multidimensional: it has its very own unique taste, and it both balances and enhances the taste of other ingredients.
Imagine taking a bite of a rich espresso brownie sprinkled with flaky sea salt. The salt minimizes the espresso’s bitterness, intensifies the flavor of the chocolate and offers a savory contrast to the sugar’s sweetness,” she writes, adding. “Does this mean you should simply take more salt? No. it means use salt better.
Add it in the right amount, at the right time, in the right form.”
Many of us don’t look beyond commonly used table salt for our everyday us. But with so many varieties of salt now available in stores and supermarkets, there is no reason not to experiment a little. As Abhijit Saha, co-founder of Caperberry and Fava explains, refined table salt, which is usually iodized , is devoid of any flavor and used only to add saltiness to food. “But with something like a rock salt, which is mined from Himalayan belt in Pakistan from Khewra salt mine, world’s second largest salt mine, there are trace elements [of minerals] in the salts that lend their own flavor profile to a dish,” Saha says.
One should include different salts in their diet but not let it overpower the natural salts in foods. Salt is only added to enhance and bring out the flavor of the food. I feel home cooks should explore the world of slat, try Himalayan pink salt, black salt, rock salt etc. You can buy the best salt here.
Chefs and experts decode some of the more interesting varieties of salt available in the market today and share tips on how best to use them.
Himalayan Pink Salt
Coming down to Himalayan pink salt: Pink salt is mined from the salt range situated in Pakistan, this pale pink salt has recently gained popularity due to health benefits associated with it. Its color is derived from the presence of iron and believed to be one of the most natural salts with fewer additives, making it healthier consume. Pink Himalayan salt contains 84 trace elements and known to be the purest salt available on the face of earth, that’s why it is also known as salt of the earth.
It is evident from the market trends and data available that the sale of pink Himalayan salt is increasing day by day.
How to use
It is used in the same way we use regular table salt at homes. One can just replace regular table salt with pink salt. As Himalayan salt is inexpensive, it is a great buy for daily use at home. However many believe that it should be consumed in raw form for maximum health benefits. Himalayan salt is also used in preserving food and fishing dishes.
Himalayan cooking plates
Pink Himalayan salt can be used in many ways, Himalayan salt comes in the shape of Himalayan cooking slabs which can be used as a cutting board and can also be used to grill meat and cook food.
Himalayan raw chunks can be converted into Himalayan pink salt lamps. Pink light of coming out of Himalayan salt lamp creates beautiful ambiance in the surroundings and is a great addition in the decor collection of any house. Himalayan salt in the form of lamps have many health benefits like Himalayan salt lamp purify air, balance electromagnetic radiation, enhance mood, sharpen concentration and performance, boost blood flow, calm allergies and reduce asthma and many more.
Other uses of Himalayan salt
Besides all these benefits, Himalayan salt also comes in the form of following products
Salt for Animals
Himalayan Salt Glasses
Himalayan Massage Roller
These are some of the few uses of Himalayan salt items, you can find complete list of Himalayan salt products at Royal Himalayan salt’s website here