Salt… Part 3 – Table Salts

There are some interesting variations in table salts:

Pickling salt, Canning salt, Coarse salt, Gos sel – fine grained without iodine or anti-caking preservatives. This is basically table salt, but without the iodine and anti-caking additives that turn pickles dark and the pickling liquid cloudy.

Kala Namak Salt – Photo by: http://www.saltworks.com

Kala Namak – Kala Namak, or Indian black salt, is an unrefined mineral salt. It is actually a pearly, pinkish-gray color rather than black, and has a strong, sulfuric flavor and aroma. Vegan chefs have made this salt popular for adding in egg-y flavor to dishes like tofu scrambles. Kala Namak is used in authentic Indian cooking, and popular in mango smoothies.

Pretzel salt – large grained, does not melt quickly.

Rock salt – large crystal salt with a gray color. Grey color is due to minerals not removed as in normal table salt.

Popcorn salt – very fine grained salt which is flakier version of table salt.

Iodized salt – contains a small amount of potassium iodide and dextrose as a dietary supplement to prevent thyroid disease.

Seasoned salt – table salt with herbs added like onion, hickory smoke,  garlic or chili peppers. Great in soups stews or any meat dish.

On saltworks.com, we find another increasingly popular salt (with a well known kosher certification!).

Small, medium and coarse grain Himalayan Pink Salt – Photo by: http://www.saltworks.com

Himalayan Pink Salt

Himalayan Pink Salt is pure, hand-mined salt found naturally deep inside the pristine Himalayan Mountains.

The high mineral crystals range in color from sheer white to varying shades of pink to deep reds which indicates a beneficial amount of all 84 trace elements & iron (normally available in almost every unrefined, unprocessed salt).

Primarily used in gourmet cooking and body-care it makes a beautiful table salt. It’s used mostly with salads, soups, fish, grains, pasta and vegetables.



Salt… Part 2 – Types of Sea Salt

Salt… Part 1

2 Responses to “Salt… Part 3 – Table Salts”

  1. January 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm

    ………..Table Salt vs Sea Salt.Table salt is sourced from mines or the sea and is arrived at after removing impurities by an industrial process. It has a higher mineral content than table salt and is therefore considered to be a healthier alternative..Table salt is the more widely used variety. That apart there may be other chemicals additives like sodium silicoaluminate calcium phosphate or carbonate which help prevent clumping..Sea salt is growing in popularity as a health alternative to table salt though it is more expensive than the former.


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