Buying sea salt in Seattle
- caraely Jul 22, 2008 08:41 PM
I am in need of sea salt and would love recommendations on the best place to buy it in Seattle (where I won't be gouged...or at least not too badly), and the best brand of sea salt to buy. I'm guesting that Sur La Table and DeLaurenti sell it, but it's probably overpriced. :)
If you're looking for the fine-grained stuff that you put in shakers, PCC carries it in bulk for I believe less than $1 a pound. If, on the other hand, you're looking for fleur de sel, Maldon, or some other sort of large-grained finishing salt...well, those are expensive no matter where you get them, because they're so labor-intensive to produce. DeLaurenti has a good selection that includes both larger producers such as Maldon, as well as artisan types such as red rock salt from Hawaii.
I am a big fan of Redmond Real Salt from Utah. I have only seen it in the small shakers here, but it also comes in larger crystals and even a huge rock form. Tony Caputo, who owns an Italian deli and market in Salt Lake City, sold me on it with one of his cooking demonstrations.
Their Web site lists it available in a variety of small, local stores where I haven't searched for it as I discovered it in the Fred Meyer "Natural Selections" section. I really like the flavor of the product. It is a "sea" salt from the great Bonneville Lake that created the geography of that region as well as the Great Salt Lake present today.
Madison Market (Cap. Hill) also has some nice selections in bulk.
Same thing for Central Market (just outside of Seattle, in Shoreline).
I like this these :
they are out at most of the farmer's markets. I see em at the QA one often.
Also this place has a few good options. My fav is the flake salt.
World Spice Merchants
1509 Western Ave, Seattle, WA
secret stash sea salts
Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA
metropolitan market makes some great flavored sea salts. the garlic and the onion are standouts.