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Oct 16, 2010 08:44 AM

Pretzel salt in Greater Boston

Does anyone carry pretzel salt at retail locally? Online sources are many, I know.


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  1. I get mine at Christinas in Inman Square.

    1. Thought I'd bump up this thread. I tried Christina's a couple of weeks ago, but they were out. Any other suggestions?

      I'm aware that amazon is my friend, but was hoping to get something locally. I know lots of people are happy with sea salt, but would like to go the traditional route and will go the on-line route if necessary.

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      1. re: bear

        Maybe try Penzey's? It might be worth the call..

        1. re: andieb

          Duh, I didn't even think of Penzey's. The website has a recipe for soft pretzels and uses kosher-style flake salt, which should work just fine. I'll have to think of some other goodies to pick up while I'm at the Arlington store. Thanks!

          1. re: bear

            They don't carry pretzel salt. Pretzel salt is processed so that it doesn't dissolve quickly (the very opposite end of the spectrum from kosher salt, which dissolves fairly quickly). I've always gotten mine online.

            1. re: Karl S

              I used to get my pretzel salt during the annual trip to King Arthur in Vermont, but they don't carry it anymore. Ordered from Amazon. Haven't tried it yet so can't tell you if the salt is "right."

                1. re: Karl S

                  They do have large grain sea salt though. I thought it worked fine for pretzels.

                  1. re: LStaff

                    Not as good as pretzel salt. Large grain sea salt will partly dissolve from the moisture in the pretzel.

                    1. re: Karl S

                      Karl is right, while I have used it when making pretzels before, after a few days the crystals will completely dissapear....it's still salty, you just don't get the crunch. I too would love to find the real stuff, but my doctor was like lay off the pretzels after I went on a bit of a pretzel baking blitz a year or two ago....mmmmm....so good with cheese sauce!!!!

            2. re: bear

              How about seeing if one of the local pretzel makers will sell you a bag of salt?? swiss bakers, boston pretzels, or even annie's, you probably need to talk to a manger since I think it will be beyond the clerks.



              1. re: lc02139

                Hey, great idea. Hadn't thought of that. And the Penzey's flaked kosher can be a backup. Who knows, maybe Christina's will restock.

                1. re: lc02139

                  Or try a bagel shop, bagel salt is very close to pretzel salt.

                  1. re: Raffles

                    There are, sadly, few bagel shops that still make salt bagels. Bagel World in Reading and Peabody does, and they are generous enough that you can scrape off a lot. (their bagels are too big and airy, but salt bagels should be treasured.)

                    1. re: Karl S

                      So sad, in my younger days a salt bagel and a Coke/Pepsi was a wonderful hangover cure.......

                      Why no salt bagels? Food police?

                      1. re: Raffles

                        Newmans in Swampscott has salt bagels.

                      2. re: Karl S

                        Kupels does a salt bagel. So does Cutty's. Since they're so hard to find, I just shake salt over the cream cheese and tomato on my plain/onion bagels. Sigh.

                  2. re: bear

                    You might call Karl's Sausage Kitchen (& European Market) to see if they carry it.


                    1. re: wandergirl

                      Great idea. I just sent them an email.

                      1. re: bear

                        They are closed for their annual vacation this week. Reopen on Tuesday, next week.

                          1. re: bear

                            Karl's got back to me and said that they don't sell pretzel salt but are working on getting some.