A few months ago, Kings began offering these exotic gourmet salts. Priced at 9 to 12 dollars for a 4.4 ounce jar they seemed like a real luxury. I was very intrigued but the price point did not appeal to me.
I am particular about salt, we have no Morton Salt in our kitchen, Diamond Kosher or Sea Salt Crystals in the ready to use grinders is preferred. Yet I asked myself can salt really be worth what amounts to $20 to $50 a pound? Morton is less than a buck, 26 oz for 60 cents, Diamond Kosher is 1.89 for 40 oz, the Sea Salt complete with grinder is a whopping 2.49 for 2.5 oz.
They went on a sale and on a lark I bought one, now we are hooked. They are that good.
I knew I was doomed when my son looked up and said "this is the best salt ever!"
There is quite an in depth discussion on salt on the Whole Foods web site, Salt.
"Shopping for salt used to mean picking up a container of Morton ("When it rains, it pours") or some other brand of ordinary granular salt. Nowadays, it can turn into a quest that takes you through a score or more of different types, shapes, colors, even flavors, and at the end you're still not sure which one to buy. You could just get that container of Morton but you'd be missing out on a whole new world of flavor."
Kings carries is imported by Victoria Gourmet which was founded in 1998 by Victoria Taylor, an accomplished cook with an extensive background in business and food marketing.
The line of salts that
Victoria Taylor is the author of Because Flavor is Everything ~ Recipes with Victoria Taylor's Seasonings.
Victoria's Food Philosophy
"I crave big flavor. I believe that good, flavorful food is one of life's most rewarding pleasures. My life-long passion for flavor inspired me to create Victoria Taylor's Seasonings.
"Harvested by hand in Brittany France, gray Celtic Sea Salt® is considered by many chefs to be the very best for cooking and finishing dishes. Culinary professionals praise it for its flavor and quality, and health professionals for its unrefined purity and naturally occurring minerals. Celtic Sea Salt® is a product of natural crystallization of the ocean waters and reveals the ocean's true essence."
Next we tried the Australian Flake Salt. "This salt is a beautiful light pink color and has a delicate texture that comes from the fluffy crystals that are reminiscent of snowflakes. The taste is clean and light. This is an ideal salt for finishing vegetables, meat and fish dishes. This salt delivers a subtle, fleeting crunch that adds a wonderful dimension to any dish. The brine that is the source of this salt comes from the Murray River, fed by the Australian Alps. When harvested in their natural form, the salt flakes retain trace minerals giving them a pinkish color."
These salts both add a special essence to any foods from simple sliced tomatoes to omelettes or other dishes. I recommend you give them a try.