The ones above are the samples of several salts and then I got a full size shaker of the one I soon discovered was my VERY favorite, the Chanterelle Vanilla premium gourmet salt! Wow, this stuff will excite you in ways you won't imagine when it makes your food pop out at you!
The one in the bottle is the Chanterelle Vanilla below:
1.) Garlic Shallot
2.) Citrus Basil
3.) Hot Habanero Blend
4.) Cyprus Black Lava
5.) French Herb Blend
Now, for the Chanterelle Vanilla, this is what is in that bottle that rocked our boat: Hawaiian Black Lava salt, chanterelle mushrooms, Madagascar vanilla beans, organic maple sugar, organic garlic, organic shallot and black truffle panko.
Gosh, I never tasted anything quite like it! I actually added it to some chili the other night and even my husband said, something tastes different and then I showed him the bottle. Mike is a little finicky so it's best to not show him things until he eats it because if he knows ahead of time, he won't budge. And sure enough, when he read about Hawaiian Black Lava salt, he immediately said, are you sure this is safe to eat?
Well, duh, I don't think people all over the world would be buying it if there was a problem. I told him I bet we would be surprised at what might be behind a chef's door at our favorite restaurant. They may be using the same gourmet salts that we are trying. So, that calmed him down some. See what I have to go thru?
Now, I won't do this with every salt because I don't have room or time, but because this was my favorite, I am going to give out a little more info. There is alot to tell so to see what they say about where it comes from and their experiences with the salt, go read about it thru this link. You won't be sorry because your mouth will water after reading about this awesome vanilla salt!
Here is what this salt would be good on per the makers, Beyond the Shaker:
Oh, this next one is the one that caused the moment of panic, Cyprus Black Lava. It comes from the Mediterranean Sea area. This is probably one of the purest salts and true to it's nature as it only has 2 ingredients: Pure unrefined sea salt and natural black lava. They really do actually look like pieces of small burnt rocks! Here are a few suggestions for this salt that is black and highly unusual:
Now, this one I had to pass on because of my chronic bladder condition and I don't need to mess with it so hubby had control of this one, the Hot Habanero Blend. I don't touch anything that has those words in it because I would be in extreme pain within hours of ingesting something hot.
Now, Mike loved this one and added some to his chili and to his salsa when he was eating chips and salsa the other night.
Here is what is in this salt: Hawaiian Black Lava salt, Hawaiian Red Alaea salt, ancho peppers, habanero peppers, mulato peppers, guajillo peppers, organic carrots and organic cilantro.
No wonder he has heartburn! But he doesn't care, he loves it while he's eating and then is uncomfortable afterwards. Don't understand that logic but at least it's not me!
Here is just a few examples of what to use this for although I wouldn't use it on the last suggestion, but you might:
Now, this one and the other last one are probably the two mildest and can be used in almost anything. Citrus Basil is awesome on grilled fish and on any kind of seafood for that matter. As you can see from the ingredients this is really a lemony tasting salt and would be good on anything that you served with it.
These are the ingredients: Fleur de sel, Murray River Salt, lemon myrtle, organic basil, and organic orange & lemon peel.
These are just a few suggestions. There is more on their site, so go check it out to see what you think:
Then the last one is the Garlic Shallot and if you love garlic like I do, then this is gonna make you smile because they ended up with a really great Garlic Shallot salt that I would be proud to serve anytime, whether at home or in someone else's helping prepare the meal. It has my favorite Himalayan pink sherpa salt in it so I could go for this one also big time!
Here are the ingredients: Fleur de sel, Himalayan pink salt, organic garlic, & organic shallot.
Again, I did not copy the whole list because of space, so if you want more ideas on what to use this for, go on their website and get all the info that you need. Here is what they think it goes best with (partial list) and I tend to agree:
And guess what, this is not the complete list of gourmet salts either! There are still alot more that I did not review and if you want to know, then go look up Beyond the Shaker and see what all they have and what they have to say that they have tried. You will be amazed at some of the combinations!
Beyond the Shaker offers free shipping on all orders that are over $35 and you can request salt samples and they come in either packs of 8 for $13.50 or you can order just a few as they sell for individually for $1.50 until you make up your mind which ones are your favorites.
Here is a little fun fact that I thought I would throw in as I close this review:
Harvesting salt is the oldest form of collecting salt. This salt—sometimes referred to as solar salt—comes from our current water sources and is separated from the sea water by evaporation.
Harvested salt is nurtured, grown, and harvested much like a traditional farm crop. The crop beds, though, consist of water instead of earth and can take years to reach the desired maturity for proper harvesting.
The evaporation process for harvested salt may also occur with a little help from modern technology to hasten the evaporation without compromising the integrity of the saltConnect with Beyond the Shaker several ways:
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The great folks at Beyond the Shaker are leaving it up to me which one of these salts you will get in the full size bottle and I think you know that it's the Chanterelle Vanilla but then I got to thinking I shouldn't force what I like on you so, I will make that one of the questions in the Holiday Turkey Hunt Blog Hop Giveaway and whatever your answer is when or if you get picked, that will be the one I turn it for you. So, think it over very carefully which one of these that I just reviewed do you think you would like the most. Please understand that it has to be from this list that I reviewed. Good Luck! The Event starts on November 23rd and ends on December 7th. Open to the U.S. only!
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.