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EricLecours Feb 20, 2013 11:12 AM

Looking for a good source....

  1. Ruth Lafler Feb 20, 2013 12:10 PM

    There is no organic certification for salt in the United States.

    There are locally produced sea salts. I've seen them at the farmer's markets.

    1. PegS Feb 20, 2013 01:19 PM

      Hm, I'm not sure how one could truly certify any sea salt as organic. Or say its non-organic either.

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      1. re: PegS
        Ruth Lafler Feb 20, 2013 01:34 PM

        I did a quick google and it seems that some countries do certify organic salt -- I have to assume it has to do with the way the salt is processed. "Organic" after all is just a set of standards for how something is produced.

      2. wolfe Feb 20, 2013 01:56 PM

        I saw some Sea Salt from San Francisco Bay at the 99 Cent store at University and San Pablo. I decided to take the Sicilian Sea Salt instead.

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          ML8000 Feb 20, 2013 01:57 PM

          You might want to check the reviews of locally dried sea salt. Generally SF Bay salt gets low marks in taste and isn't anything special. I'm sure there are differences but if it's from the Bay it will likely be similar in taste, the trace minerals that add/change flavor are minimal. If organic is the point, sorry for the distraction.

          If it's about local (and it's cheap): http://www.dollartree.com/San-Francis...

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          1. re: ML8000
            wolfe Feb 20, 2013 04:04 PM

            That's the stuff. "Derived from Pacific Ocean water". Also mercury from the gold mining operations a few years ago and occasional oil spills. I assume some purification must take place.

          2. ckshen Feb 20, 2013 06:26 PM

            Isnt sf bay polluted?

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              ML8000 Feb 20, 2013 06:56 PM

              Yes it is.

               
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              EricLecours Feb 20, 2013 07:53 PM

              Can anyone recommend a purveyer? I understand there isn't any organic. I don't think the salt has to come from the Bay. The Bay Area includes coastline as well.

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              1. re: EricLecours
                wolfe Feb 20, 2013 08:34 PM

                Contact Mountain Rose Herbs or Jacobsen Salt Co.
                http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/index2.html
                http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/learn/smokedsalt.php
                http://jacobsensalt.com/

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                louib Feb 21, 2013 11:02 AM

                United States does not have an organic standard for sea salt.
                Mostly, organic standards have been developed for animal and vegetable based products, not mineral.

                One New Zealand sea salt company I have seen in the market place has created their own "organic" certificate for their sea salt. This is the only so-called organic sea salt in the market place that I know of.

                There are lots of great sea salts available to choose from.
                An earlier comment mentioned Mountain Rose Herbs, they have a nice variety of sea salts to choose from.

                Hawaiian sea salt is really great sea salt as well.

                1. wolfe Feb 21, 2013 12:34 PM

                  Isn't all salt sea salt? Even the stuff in the mines under Detroit came for the sea a few million years ago.
                  http://apps.detnews.com/apps/history/...

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                  1. re: louib
                    wolfe Feb 21, 2013 04:05 PM

                    Table salt is 98.9% NaCl with approximately 40% of it's weight from Na and 60% from the Cl.

                  2. Melanie Wong Feb 24, 2013 12:44 PM

                    Cargill makes several salts from local ponds. Here's my post on arranging a pick-up from its distributor, Salt Unlimited in San Jose.
                    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/865956

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