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Friday, October 30, 2009

Real Sea Salt (moist celtic sea salt)

Real sea salt was something that I wasn't sure how to use in my cooking until a friend showed me her salt grinder, just like a pepper grinder. I knew that the moist grey sea salt was better for you, but I didn't know what to do with the huge granules, and for whatever reason I didn't realize that you could grind sea salt like pepper.

If you're just starting out your real foods journey, I would recommend starting simply with fresh ground pepper and moist sea salt to flavor your food. I've found that it's best to start simply with things that you're already familiar with, and then move to more complicated things like growing your own herbs, or buying fresh organic (not stale!) spices to liven up your cooking. I was surprised at how good otherwise blah food is with the addition of freshly ground pepper and salt.

Why is it worth it to make the switch?

As 'science' seems to 'discover' on a regular basis, food is best the way it's found naturally. Moist sea salt hasn't been processed to a pure white color and then had synthetic iodine back into it; it contains tiny bits of sea life, as it was designed to. This is biologically appropriate for human consumption.

Isn't salt bad for you?

I have no doubt that processed synthetically iodized salt is bad for you; synthetic chemicals usually are. And it's true that we do need the trace minerals that are naturally present in sea salt, so choosing sea salt and salting food to taste ensures you get these wonderful trace minerals.

I've been reminded of this on two separate occasions (before I found the whole Weston Price way of eating). The first was on Blue Ribbon Baby, the prenatal 'diet' that is designed to prevent preeclampsia in pregnancy it's recommended to salt food to taste. And the second was when my first child started eating solids, she loved the foods from my plate (with plenty of seasonings) but I thought that she was supposed to start on plain steamed veggies, but was puzzled when she wouldn't touch them. A friend suggested I add a little sea salt, and she gobbled them right up. While I don't believe that children know everything about what's best for them (like, say, an 11 month old doesn't need to play with the electrical outlet no matter how much she might think that she needs to), I do believe that for eating, babies do have a pretty good sense of what's needed for them nutritionally, as long as they are offered real foods.

If you have Nourishing Traditions, there is a whole lot more information on dietary salt on page 48 and continuing.

When buying good sea salt, just make sure it's not white- you want it to be grey and moist to have the right stuff in it. The right sea salt is in the link above, and they also sell salt and pepper grinders. Or, I just buy my celtic sea salt in the bulk bin at my health food store and I've seen salt and pepper grinders at Target. Want to skip making a special trip to the health food store? Grigio di Cervia - Gourmet Grey Sea Salt from Italy at Amazon has good salt too. Just like coconut oil, if you order it, have it shipped to your house, it will end up being used! This is a simple thing to switch, I promise.

I have been wanting to talk about real sea salt and fresh ground pepper for a long time now but hadn't gotten around to it.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

We are now addicted to fresh ground sea salt! My husband bought a grinder and some salt and, I have to admit, I was not thrilled at first as we already had sea salt at home, but it was smaller. Now I always reach for fresh ground first!

October 30, 2009 at 11:11 AM  
Blogger Cara said...

Don't you just love it when something's that easy? Garlic, fresh ground salt and pepper, and you're good to go! Mmm

October 30, 2009 at 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Alison @ Hospitality Haven said...

I LOVE sea salt. I have a grinder for it as well, and I am almost out! I use it in everything, and it just tastes SO much better!

October 30, 2009 at 5:32 PM  
Blogger stacey said...

oh my, i guess i am just going to have to start a "good stuff i need to do" folder on my computer. most of the files would come from you!! ;)

October 31, 2009 at 5:39 AM  
Blogger Celtic Sea Salt said...

Thanks for the mentioning our healthy Celtic Sea Salt Brand.. we are very happy to deliver such healthy sea salts from the most pristine salt flats of France.

Please note that there is only 1 Celtic Sea Salt Brand that was started by Jacques De Langre in 1976.. just look for the blue "salt man" to make sure you're getting the right stuff.

To your health :)

October 31, 2009 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Celtic Sea Salt said...

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October 31, 2009 at 7:25 AM  
Blogger GG said...

I read that to grind my wet sea salt I need a ceramic grinder. Do I? or will any grinder last? So far, I just use it in foods that are wet enough for it to dissolve and my dry fine sea salt for measuring and 'finishing.'

November 1, 2009 at 4:27 PM  
Blogger Cara said...

GG, I'm sure that it's healthier to use a ceramic grinder because you aren't going to be getting any plastic or metal pieces with your salt.

Personally, I'm using an inexpensive plastic grinder. I'll have to look into ceramic ones more, now I'm interested!

In my opinion, it would be better to use real sea salt in an inexpensive grinder than processed sea salt.

November 3, 2009 at 7:06 AM  
Blogger GG said...

Thanks.. :)
I'll be keeping my eyes open at stores like Ross and Tjmaxx. I saw one with ceramic guts there for a good price once (it even came with some moist salt - I just didn't know anything about salt yet!) - it was a pretty one :)

November 3, 2009 at 9:31 AM  
Blogger Cara said...

Neat! I need to look them up so I know when I find a deal on one. I love Ross and TJMaxx for that sort of stuff too.

November 3, 2009 at 10:10 AM  

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