Monday, March 19, 2012

The Spice Lab Gourmet Sea Salt Sampler Sponsor Spotlight Review

I was very fortunate recently to get to review some gourmet sea salts from a company called The Spice Lab. They sent me (6) different sea salts to review:

1. Washington State Apple Wood Cold Smoked Sea Salt
2. Murray River Pink Sea Salt
3. Fleur De Sel France First Harvest Sea Salt
4. Island of Cyprus White Flake Sea Salt
5. Bolivian Sunset Pink Warm Spring Mineral Salt
6. Hawaiian Red Clay Alaea Sea Salt

I have tasted sea salt before but I guess it was just the run of the mill sea salt because the ones that came from The Spice Lab were far superior to the plain old white sea salt that I have encountered in the past. You would think that salt is salt but there really is a subtle difference in taste if you just let it sink in slowly. I was very glad that they sent me a little guide as to what salts might be good in what kind of food or sauce or soups.
It also came with a little wooden spoon for you to measure how much salt you are putting into your recipe, which was very handy. I really liked the wooden crate/holder that came with the salts also because I did not have anything at home to put 6 tubes of sea salt in and this wooden crate was really neat and useful.
The Collections are housed in Pyrex test tubes with all-natural cork stoppers. The tubes sit in a handmade wooden base made from discarded shipping pallets (they don't look recycled either). Each Test Tube contains .6 to 1.3 Oz of salt depending on the density of each salt. Most Tubes have over 1 Oz of salt. Here is what each salt is best for:

1. The Pure White Cyprus salt flakes are known for their large pyramid shaped crystals. Light and fluffy with the mild taste characteristic of Mediterranean salts. Popular for cooking and baking and table use.

2. Alaea red sea salt is rich in minerals and iron and gets is stunning color from red alaea clay. Savor a unique and pleasant flavor while roasting or grilling meats. It is the traditional and authentic seasoning for native Hawaiian dishes such as Kalua Pig, Hawaiian Jerky and Poke.
Used for cooking, finishing and table use.

3. Australian Murray River salt crystals are light & delicate peach colored flakes. They have a wonderfully mild flavor. The texture is ideal for use as a finishing salt. The crystals melt quickly and evenly making Murray River flake salt ideal for finishing, roasting, and baking.

4. Apple Wood (Yakima) Smoked Sea Salt has a subtle fruit wood flavor that is mild enough to use with fish, shellfish, and poultry. Pork, sausage, ham, and bacon are also delicious when cooked or cured with this smoked salt

5. The ‘Flower of Salt’ is highly favored by chefs and gourmet cooks the world over, as the exquisite bouquet enhances the taste and aroma of all food. Crumble it between the fingers and sprinkle it over good food. A favorite with gourmet chefs, Flor de Sal is the perfect finishing salt – sprinkle a little over a meal before eating. It is the icing on the cake.

6. Rose Salt (Bolivian Sunset) contains many essential minerals including iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. In addition, Rose Salt has less sodium per serving than other salts. Simply replacing regular salt with Rose Salt in your cooking and on your table allows you to get most of your daily allowance of these essential minerals and lower your sodium intake without changing your diet. This Salt is gorgeous when presented in a clear salt shaker or in a salt dip.

See what I mean about it being alot more complicated than just being regular salt? I used several of these salts in a vegetable beef soup I made about a week or so ago. We used the Bolivian Sunset and the Murray River for that soup. Then another day I made spaghetti and used the Red Hawaiian and the Cyprus Flake and when I made some nice green beans that had been canned I used the Fleur De Sel sea salt. The Smoked Applewood was used believe it or not on hamburgers one night! Mike grilled them out on his grill and just added a small amount to the burgers and they came out really good!
You can get a variety of sizes of salts all the way up to 22 tubes per tray or even buy them by the jar or to go packets. They have bath salts and even some Himalayan Salt Lamps. For orders of $15 and over, shipping is free. Altogether they have 180 Gourmet Sea Salts, Pepper and Peppercorns & More! They have won lots of accolades and awards such as Best Holiday Food Gifts, Great Gifts for Grillers, Holiday Gift Guide and in Country Weekly 2011 Gift Guide. Wow, they are just all over the place! And the best part that I liked is that it is a family owned business right here in the U.S. in Fort Lauderdale, FL!

Connect with The Spice Lab several ways:

Mailing Address:
850 NW 57th Court
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309
Phone: 954 275 4478

Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. A few of the pictures were taken by me and the cranky camera with most being taken from The Spice Lab site.


Gail Gray said...

I had no idea there was so much variety in salts! My son-in-law would love this -- he likes to use grinders, and would have a blast with these choices. :)

Donna George said...

We could use this. My hubby has high blood pressure and sea salt has less sodium and more flavor than regular salt.

WWillows6 said...

These look like a fun way to experiment with different salt flavors and I love that they come in sets.

Lisa Garner