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Feb 3, 2012 01:42 PM

Sea salt grinder recommendations.

Any recomendations on an excellent sea salt grinder ?


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  1. Hi tiny,

    I'm looking for a 2nd sea salt grinder myself. The one I have now is excellent, so I'm looking for something similar. I've noticed a lot of salt grinders on the market recently that use plastic burrs. I prefer burrs that are harder than the material I'm grinding. Salt will cause steel burrs to rust, even stainless ones (eventually), so I'd recommend ceramic burrs. Just make sure that when you snug up the mechanism (for a finer grind) that the two burrs stay centered/concentric to one another. After that, it's pretty much open to your preference of grinder style.

    1. I bought a William Bounds recently, it has the ceramic burrs and was made in the USA. Much less expensive than the French made grinders. So far it has worked great.

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      1. re: mikie

        mikie, where did you pick that grinder up? And what material is the body of the grinder?


        1. re: Eiron

          Hi Eiron:

          I picked it up at a restaurant supply called the Stock Pot. The body is acryilc and the top (the part that turns) is SS. It also grinds different coursness.

      2. I'm curious why people use salt grinders. Are you unable to find the size salt grain you prefer? I mean, it's a rock, it's not going to get any fresher by grinding it.

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        1. re: danna

          LOL, I used to use RealSalt brand salt & loved it. But a couple of years ago my wife bought me some Italian-herbed rock salt as a gift.

          I enjoy the flavor of this herbed salt so much that it's all I ever use now. (It's wonderful on hot, dense "artisan" bread with unsalted butter!) My wife & my daughter both still use the shaker of Morton "table salt," & they both like to occasionally "grind their own" from a temporary grinder of plain sea (rock) salt.

          1. re: Eiron

            that makes sense, being able to grind a specialty salt to your specs.

            Co-incidence: I've been in that store you linked to...I live about 45 min from there, but if you're local, you don't post in Asheville! I'll drop by and grab some. Not that I really need to be encouraged to eat more salt, however....

            1. re: danna

              No, not local, unfortunately. :-(
              We just visited Asheville for the first time this summer, but stayed in Biltmore Village (at the Biltmore Village Inn) rather than in Asheville. Another couple at the Inn recommended going to O&V, but we ran out of time. (The Biltmore Estate was the first stop; we were also going to Charlotte, Charleston, & Savannah.) The grigliata mix my wife bought me was actually from Marshall's, but it's the same assortment of goodies in the mix.

              Another tasty use is on a "rustic" salad. After throwing your greens & veggies in a bowl, sprinkle on some lemon juice & then coarse-grind on some of this salt.

              And you're not eating "more" salt, you're simply using this instead of the plain ol' boring salt you used to use! ;-)

          2. re: danna

            I always have the same question too. Personally, a salt grinder would not be very useful for. I think salt grinder is probably not very useful for regular supermarket salt where you and I can find any grain size. However, if you are into special salts like those himalayan salt or black salt or something, then I can imagine it is easier to buy those size in one size and grind them to the size you like.