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durhamois Aug 7, 2007 09:16 PM

Anyone out there knowledgeable about brands of fleur de sel that are available retail? I've gotten the Gilles HERVY fleur de sel du pays Guerandais, and it was okay, but not nearly as good as a locally packaged fleur de sel that I had picked up on a trip to Camargue a few years ago. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

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    Beach Chick Aug 7, 2007 09:19 PM

    Love the Trader Joe's 'Fleur de Sel' brand and it's under 4 bucks..

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      torta basilica Aug 7, 2007 09:42 PM

      Not French, but English, Maldon - flaky (as opposed to small rocky crystals that need to be ground) - imparts wonderful texture & taste. I'm so addicted I carry a bag of it in my purse everywhere I go. And get really upset when I forget it at $8 a bag! Wonderful folded into soft sweet butter & re-chilled then slathered on the best bread you can find... Have seen it elsewhere in unusual places (ie. Sendick's in Milwaukee - I live in Orange County, CA) for $5.99.

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        queenie Aug 8, 2007 04:44 AM

        LOL - I do the exact same things! Carry a baggie of Maldon in my purse and I also mix it into butter and then keep it in the butter boat for several days - it doesn't last long around here! Maldon is wonderful.

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          fauchon Aug 8, 2007 04:51 AM

          Me too! I've tried a number of sea salts and always come back to Maldon. It's the best!

        2. re: torta basilica
          Cat Chow Aug 8, 2007 01:22 PM

          For the SF Peninsula Hounds reading this, Draeger's in San Mateo carries Maldon!

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            bibi rose Aug 8, 2007 01:28 PM

            Maldon is lovely, but it's not fleur de sel.

            OP, wish I could help you; I'll be watching for answers. I buy something called "Portuguese salt cream" from The Spice House. But that's because it's cheap; it is not better than the brand you mention.

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