Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is Hawaiian Red Alaea Sea Salt. I first discovered this stuff at a local farm to fork restaurant here in Texas called Ellerbe Fine Foods. In the summer season they use our duck eggs on burgers for their lunch menu.
Due to that Dorothy and I felt we should go have dinner there. It was fantastic and they had a lot of little extras they brought out like breads and condiments, etc. One was a small dish of deep red crystals. The waitress suggested we actually sample some directly and simply called it Hawaiian Red Salt.
I am a guy that likes his salt but seldom do I eat salt like tiny rock candy but hey you got to try things or you never learn anything. It was fantastic! Salty of course but mineraly, and a kind of character I can’t really explain, but I just really liked it. It was like no other salt I have ever tasted.
So I did some research on it later that night. It turns out that “Alaea Salt” is called that because it is mixed with red alae volcanic clay which gives the salt its color and some of its unique flavor along with a host of minerals.
The salt itself is sea salt made in the traditional Hawaiian manner, in holding tanks by hand. So you are getting the minerals from both the salt and the clay in this stuff along great flavor, less sodium per ounce and a cool look all at the same time.
This stuff is fantastic for rubs, barbecues, on the rim of a margarita glass or anywhere you would use salt. About the only place I would not want to use it would be in lacto-fermentation, I am just not sure how the clay once dissolved would effect the ferment.
On a final note, this product comes in both a coarse and a fine grain. I use course because it is easier to handle by the pinch which is how I generally use salt when cooking. But the fine grain would be what you’d want in a salt shaker. Either way give Hawaiian Red Alaea Sea Salt a try, it will be something really cool to share with friends next time you have them over for dinner.
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P.S. – Two important notes. First all salt tends to cake in salt shakers at times, but natural salts do so more often, a few gains of rice in a salt shaker prevents that, learned that from my Grandma.
Next the brand above is what I buy but many people offer it and most of it is fine. That said there should be only two ingredients listed, (Hawaiian Sea Salt and Red Alae Clay) if you see anything else it ain’t the real deal.