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Apr 3, 2008 08:24 AM

South Bay Salt Works - San Diego

Does anyone know where I can buy their salt?

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  1. Non-responsive to your question, perhaps, but I don't think they produce salts for culinary purposes.

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    1. re: cgfan

      And considering the water source, I certainly would hope not.

      1. re: cgfan

        What purpose is it for if not culinary? Isn't that where The Linkery gets their salt from?

        1. re: DougOLis

          I would expect most salt works to be for industrial purposes. In the States the use of food grade salt is a very small percentage, around 5%, of total salt production. Of that 5%, artisanal salt must be just a mere blip of total food grade salt production.

          The lion's share, 70% of total production, is used on roadways.

          1. re: DougOLis

            You know, to follow up on this, I know South Bay Salt is used in some large food facilities in town, and is offered for sale by some food distributors in the town, but I don't really know what its purity level is or how that's measured. I just don't know a lot about salt.

            Having gone down to the facility, it seems like it would be fine (and it does taste good), and of course we told them we were buying it for food. But now that the subject has been brought up (I didn't think about it myself because I knew it was already being sold by food distributors), I want to look into it before we keep serving it. So we'll pull it until we know for sure it's not impure.

        2. Actually, I think you can get salt directly from them. Though you can only buy it in large bulk amounts. Check out this link from a local blogger that investigated the salt works himself.

          1. If you're looking for good sea salt, try

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            1. re: rotie77

              I think I would also try the website rotie77 suggested, and not use the south bay sea salt. I think San Diego bay water is a little too industrial for my taste.

            2. You can buy it at the salt works. I like the way it tastes, I find it briny and a little acidic or citrus-y. It's the only salt I've had that evoked memories of swimming in the ocean off of North County as a kid. Your mileage may vary, natch.

              1. It's sold for water softeners in 50 lb bags at Lowe's.