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Salt (the mineral) - Where is the "good stuff" ??

dagmar Dec 3, 2007 12:22 PM

Where can I find loose exotic salts for flavoring, not curing?
I don't recall an Eastern Market vendor.
Would love to put together a 'sampler' as a holiday gift for a salt-lover.
Saw an artisanal sampler online, but am wary of something sold at Costco (despite NYT articles about popularity amongst DC "elite").
I live in DC, but am mobile.
Thanks !

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    ciaohound RE: dagmar Dec 3, 2007 01:18 PM

    Dean & Deluca on the web. Broad selection, a lot of exotics. You might call the Georgetowm store and ask what they have in stock. BTW, and no surprise here, these are not exactly inexpensive.

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      dagmar RE: ciaohound Dec 3, 2007 01:23 PM

      Yeah... coming from New York I thought D&D also... but was hoping for something (more) special, along the lines of the way Takashimaya does teas?
      I guess I'll resort to re-packaging if I have to.
      For special salts, I'm expecting to may more than I would a box of Morton.

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      deangold RE: dagmar Dec 3, 2007 03:40 PM

      Many of the Whole Foods Markets now have bulk salts int heir cheese departments. I know the Tenley store has a nice selection. They also have a lot of salts in their grocery aisles but many of these are flavored salts (ie blended with herbs etc) and not single origin salts.

      1. fishie RE: dagmar Dec 4, 2007 07:36 AM

        The other place to look is Balducci's. The one in Bethesda is bigger than the one by AU.

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          dagmar RE: fishie Dec 4, 2007 07:41 AM

          Thanks. I've been to the AU Balducci's, no luck. Will try Bethesda.
          Never paid much attention at WF, but will dig deeper next time.

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          dagmar RE: dagmar Dec 4, 2007 07:43 AM

          Now that I've narrowed down to D&D, WF and Balducci's.... does anyone have any actual Salt Recommendations?? Regions (France, Israel, India, Africa, etc?)

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            ko1 RE: dagmar Dec 4, 2007 02:25 PM

            My favorites are real fleur de sel and Celtic grey, both derived from the same saltponds in Brittany.

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              chesapeakesun RE: ko1 Dec 5, 2007 07:55 PM

              I agree. I have purchased several types from www.saltworks.us. I really like the alderwood smoked sea salt (salish) http://www.saltworks.us/shop/product.... from the northwest. It comes in a plastic grinder (if you don't already have a salt grinder). I found the Himalayan pink to be wickedly strong.

              I got into salt after reading Salt, a World History (http://www.amazon.com/Salt-World-Hist...).

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              deangold RE: dagmar Dec 5, 2007 05:37 AM

              Hawaiian Alea and Black salts, there is a balinese lime & coconut that has a subtle exotic flavor, Fleur de sel and Grey from France, Salish Alderwood smoked are all nice. I am not a fan of the Hymalayan pink salt, no character. Sicilian salts are nice but not if they are expensive.
              Here is a good source (especially if you need 5# or 25# bags like I do at the restaurant....

              Dean, Owner of Dino

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                dagmar RE: deangold Dec 6, 2007 07:32 AM

                Thanks D. Saw saltworks website previously.
                They have the same giftbox I was referring to, which made me wary.
                Since you recommend, I will look into this webiste going forward.

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              arose RE: dagmar Dec 4, 2007 02:06 PM

              you might want to try online


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                dagmar RE: arose Dec 6, 2007 07:23 AM

                Salttraders.... create your own gift crate !!!
                This is EXACTLY what I was looking for.
                Done and Done !!!!
                Thanks arose!

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                  dagmar RE: dagmar Dec 6, 2007 07:39 AM

                  Then again.... the Ultimate Salt Collection - by Artisan Salt Company at salttraders.com looks pretty meaty also.

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