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Grey salt in preserved lemons

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bakon Feb 25, 2014 02:38 AM

I ran across a recipe that called for using sel gris (grey salt) for preserved lemons and I was wondering if anyone has tried this.

I can imagine that the minerals in the salt might add to the complexity of flavor and I get grey salt for $5/lb so the added cost seems negligible.

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    bakon Feb 25, 2014 05:57 PM

    Well, I decided to go ahead and try it, I guess I can report back in a month :)

    As for the color, I am not really worried. This might be a result of being raised on Indian food, because I don't put much emphasis on aesthetics of food.

    Has anyone out there actually tried the lemons with grey salt? I find that it noticeably enhances the flavor of just about everything (although its usually hard to pinpoint why).

    1. chefj Feb 25, 2014 11:42 AM

      Seems like a complete waste of a finishing Salt to me.
      It will not effect the color of the Lemons at all, I really doubt that it will make any difference in flavor that could be noticed

      1. JMF Feb 25, 2014 07:38 AM

        Color shouldn't be an issue, and I even wonder if you will be able to taste the trace minerals.

        Since you can get the salt cheap, go for it and report back. I have thought about using Hawaiian red salt to see if the lemons turn orange...

        1. tcamp Feb 25, 2014 05:48 AM

          I'd be curious to hear how it works out. I, too, am concerned that the gray color wouldn't look wonderful but since I generally chop the lemons up when I use them, maybe no issue.

          1. hotoynoodle Feb 25, 2014 05:26 AM

            what about the color though? it may turn them a very unappealing shade.

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