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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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    arose Dec 4, 2007 02:06 PM

    you might want to try online


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    1. re: arose
      dagmar 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!

      1. re: dagmar
        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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      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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      1. re: dagmar
        ko1 Dec 4, 2007 02:25 PM

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

        1. re: ko1
          chesapeakesun 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.asp?idProduct=237 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...).

        2. re: dagmar
          deangold 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

          1. re: deangold
            dagmar 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.

        3. fishie 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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          1. re: fishie
            dagmar 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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            deangold 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.

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              ciaohound 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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              1. re: ciaohound
                dagmar 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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