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Local Organic Evaporated Sea Salt

EricLecours Feb 20, 2013 11:12 AM

Looking for a good source....

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  1. Ruth Lafler RE: EricLecours 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 RE: EricLecours 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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        Ruth Lafler RE: PegS 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 RE: EricLecours 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 RE: EricLecours 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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            wolfe RE: ML8000 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 RE: EricLecours Feb 20, 2013 06:26 PM

            Isnt sf bay polluted?

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              ML8000 RE: ckshen Feb 20, 2013 06:56 PM

              Yes it is.

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              EricLecours RE: 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 RE: EricLecours Feb 20, 2013 08:34 PM

                Contact Mountain Rose Herbs or Jacobsen Salt Co.

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                louib RE: EricLecours 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 RE: EricLecours 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.

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                  1. re: louib
                    wolfe RE: louib 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 RE: EricLecours 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.

                    1. Ruth Lafler RE: EricLecours Apr 26, 2014 04:23 PM


                      1. EatFoodGetMoney RE: EricLecours Apr 26, 2014 04:28 PM

                        Organic salt is not a real thing, and kind of just a ridiculous notion.

                        Not cheap but Marx Foods has some great salts.

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                          ML8000 RE: EatFoodGetMoney Apr 26, 2014 05:42 PM

                          Not cheap is an understatement. I just looked at the prices, Hawaiian red salt is $15/lb. You can get it for way less. The local brands in Hawaii show up in California, around $5/lb. I've seen $2/lb on sale, in CA.

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