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best source for fleur de sel near cambridge

salty Dec 14, 2006 03:07 PM

Please help me find the best source of fleur de sel (and other salts) around Cambridge. It seems that Christina's is expensive as is Formagio's.

Any brand that you'd recomend?

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    cgj Dec 15, 2006 07:41 PM

    Trader Joe's in Arlington had several varieties last week. Can't comment on taste; I mostly think salt is salt, except for crystal size.

    1. Niblet Dec 14, 2006 08:16 PM

      At Whole Foods I got something that has 5-6 different salts in a small wheel, including fleur de sel. I think it was around $6.

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      1. re: Niblet
        Pia Dec 15, 2006 01:42 AM

        I got mine (just fleur de sel, in the spice aisle) at Whole Foods for about $6, I think, but I don't know one fleur de sel from another.

      2. Karl S Dec 14, 2006 04:52 PM

        Skip Penzey's, head straight for Formaggio.

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          DoubleMan Dec 14, 2006 03:28 PM

          Pemberton's on Mass Ave. also has a large selection of salts--fleur de sel, pink salt, grey salt, himalayan, etc.

          For real fleur de sel, you have to pay a lot. But these are finishing salts, they are not for general cooking, so a little lasts a long time.

          There are some very good fleur de sel-style salts that come from Maine which are very good.

          1. yumyum Dec 14, 2006 03:27 PM

            Have another look at Christinas. They carry my favorite Maldon, a sea salt from the UK in addition to pink hawaiian salts, sel gris, smoked salt from Wales and several types of fleur de sel. (I have a salt fetish.)

            Yes, they are pricey, but as they are typically used as a garnish, a box will last a long time.

            Many of these salts are also carried at Formaggio, but they are even more expensive there.

            I checked out the salt collection at Penzeys last week. Yes, cheaper. In my opinion, not as good.

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              KitchenAid Dec 14, 2006 03:21 PM

              There is always Williams Sonoma. The one in Copley has 8.8 oz for $10

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                bakemeacake Dec 14, 2006 03:15 PM

                I would head to Penzy's Spices in Arlington. Penzy's is an amazing spice shop (better than Christina's in my opinion). I picked up a small jar of Fleur de Sel for $7.00 (3.5 ozs). They also have Sel Gris. For more info on their spice/salt selection check out their website http://www.penzeys.com/cgi-bin/penzey...

                1. C. Hamster Dec 14, 2006 03:12 PM

                  I think Penzey's in Arlington carries it. I know they carry specialty salts @ pretty reasonable prices. I'd call first though.

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                  1. re: C. Hamster
                    srgoodman Dec 14, 2006 03:39 PM

                    Formaggio is cheaper per ounce than Penzey's, at least in the smaller size. Penzey's charges $7.49 for 3.5 oz while Formaggio charges $7.95 for 125 g (4.4 oz).

                    Note that $7.95 is what I paid at Formaggio a few months ago, YMMV.

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