Friday, September 19, 2014

Natural Sea Salt

                                                                      Sea Salt


No wonder my grandma is 92 everything she ate was gourmet and natural almost nothing was processed at my dad's homeland, Mathraki. As we were sitting by the rocks, the sun beaming down into the sea and making everything sparkle. I hear my daughter gleaming with excitement, “ Mom' , salt, Mom, quickly come here, salt on the rocks. I walked over to see what salt she was excited about and this is what she saw. Of course we all had a taste of it. The taste is relevantly the same as table salt, the only difference is sea salt has more minerals which gives its flavor and table salt has less minerals, has additives and it's processed. Sea salt is  also more coarse and crunchier, this is a main reason why many chefs prefer it. In the past few years the sea salt business have been thriving. Remembering my childhood, I recalled a certain time when we had lived on the island for about a year ( this is a story in itself)  and my mom with my dad (God rest his soul) came home with a bucket of salt and telling me how they had hand picked the salt from the sea. I couldn't understand it back then but now I do.

How is salt produced? It's produced by the evaporation of seawater. Salt is not only used in cooking but also in cosmetics.

Salt is one of the oldest food seasonings and salting is a primary method for preserving food.

I found this on Wikipedia Common salt is made up mostly from sodium chloride, which belongs to the class of ionic salts. Salt is naturally form as a crystalline mineral called rock salt or halite. I guess this must be what was washed up the rocks we were sitting on. We find salt in large quantities in the sea. The ocean has about 35 grams (1.2 oz) per litre a salinity of 3.5%. Salt is important for all animal life and saltiness is one of the basic human tastes.