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Gourmet Nuts: Sea Salt Review and Giveaway
I am a simple girl, and because of this it has never dawned on me that salt comes in flavors and varieties. I have only ever used the salt that you purchase for about a a dollar at the store. As I venture further into cooking, I am learning the value of different flavors and the distinctions between different salts.
I have learned that cooking is the not only the proper allocation of heat but the correct application of spices. The most simple and easiest to use seasoning is salt and pepper, and the many variations of those. The simple table salt that you purchase for a dollar is simple on taste but low on flavor and I believe the key is to pack as much flavor as possible in each used seasoning.
Not to long ago I reviewed Gourmet Nuts nuts and snack products, and I discovered that they not only make nut and snack products but they have a variety of salts available.
Gourmet Nut was generous enough to sent me the Himalayan Pink Salt and the Northwest Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt to sample, each of which are gluten-free. These salts come with a built-in grinder for ease of use and are simple to use.
Himalayan Pink Salt: This is a pure and hand-mined salt that located and found in the Himalayan Mountains. Due to the pristine conditions of the mountains, these are clean salt crystals that are of a “Gourmet Food Grade” which means that this is a higher quality of salt then the typical table salts. The Himalayan Pink Salt is the perfect salt for cooking, seasoning, roasting and grilling. This is going to be the standard salt for use in our home and I can not imagine going back to regular use of table salt.
Northwest Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt: The first thing I noticed was how good this salt smelled – the smoked smell was beyond anything I have ever smelled. This is a Pacific Sea Salt that is slow smoked over real Alderwood. Alderwood is less expensive alternative to cherry wood, therefore making it a desirable wood to burn. This unique flavor of smoking in addition to the salt results in a rich salt that can be used on anything from steak, seafood and anything else you can think of.
Each of these salts serve a unique flavor profile that enhances almost any meal you chose to pair them with. I would recommend if you have never tried a smoked salt, giving this Northwest Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt a try as well as the Himalayan Pink Salt.
GIVEAWAY: Gourmet Nut is offering a 2 pack salt assortment to my readers! (1) lucky winner will be selected at random to win 1 grinder each of Himalayan Pink Salt and Northwest Alderwood Smoked Sea Salt. I will be randomly choosing 1 person on November 23 (11/23/2015) to receive this smoked salty assortment! Open to residents in the US only. To enter complete the entries below! Winner will be notified by me by email and prize will be fulfilled by Gourmet Nut! Remember you have 48 hours to claim prize, or I will choose another winner. GOOD LUCK!!!