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South Bay Salt Works - San Diego

DougOLis Apr 3, 2008 08:24 AM

Does anyone know where I can buy their salt?

  1. cgfan Apr 3, 2008 09:03 AM

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

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      Josh Apr 3, 2008 09:21 AM

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

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        DougOLis Apr 3, 2008 10:14 AM

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

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          cgfan Apr 3, 2008 11:41 AM

          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
            jayporter Apr 3, 2008 08:31 PM

            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.

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              DougOLis Apr 11, 2008 02:32 PM

              Thanks Jay!

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          LaurenZ Apr 3, 2008 10:01 AM

          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.


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            rotie77 Apr 3, 2008 02:03 PM

            If you're looking for good sea salt, try www.saltworks.us

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              littlestevie Apr 3, 2008 02:34 PM

              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.

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              jayporter Apr 3, 2008 04:14 PM

              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.

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                DelH Apr 12, 2008 09:34 AM

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

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                  HARMONR Mar 25, 2011 03:14 PM

                  Your inquiry re the salt was some time ago but want to advise you i have 343 bactory sealed bags, all on pallets and ready to ship. We are located in Ontario, CA and if you still need, would be happy to help you with all or part.

                  Ray H. 714-493-4850

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