Throw away your table salt!
Well, that’s a quote I saw posted up at The Meadow, an artisanal salt and chocolate shop in the West Village. The space feels calming and it smells heavenly (chocolate, yummm). Beautiful blooms fill the room along with pink Himalayan salt blocks which resemble crystals. I learned about the shop recently, during one of my (many)Food Network binge watching sessions. Pink Himalayan salt blocks have become pretty popular in restaurants around the city, particularly in David Burke’s dining spots. He’s found innovative ways to utilize the block, both warmed and cooled to serve up delicious dishes for his diners.
So what’s the fuss about these salt blocks?
According to The Meadow’s website, this type of salt is “…mined from the purest seams of 500 million year old salt deposits deep under the rugged Punjabi landscape. The salt is pure and unadulterated, ranging from 99 to 97% sodium chloride…”
Did I mention how pretty it is?
The salt blocks range in price from from $20-$100, and is good for up to 100 uses depending on how you use it and how well you care for it.
How it works:
For the average person that cooks every day, you’ll need a 1.5 inch salt block. Heat the block on your gas stove; it can get as hot as 500 degrees and will hold its temperature for hours. Place your food directly on the salt block to cook. Bye, bye cast iron pans!
Can you picture cooking shrimp on this right in front of your guests at a dinner party? Move over Benihana!
One of my favorite recipes calls for freezing the salt block then placing a scoop of vanilla ice cream onto its surface, mix in nuts and caramel and voila! You’ve got a ‘Coldstone-style’ ice cream snack ready to go! If that didn’t get you hungry, you’ve got issues. The salt block is also great for serving cold appetizers like caprese salads and veggies. Lay your apps out right on the block but be mindful of the amount of time your snacks stay on the block as food can absorb too much salt if it’s left there for too long.
I gave you just a few examples of how to utilize the salt block but there are hundreds of ways, hot and cold, to get cooking on there. Preparing and cooking meals will completely change once you start using a salt block and I’m so intrigued to hear all about your experience.
This is a great gift for an aspiring foodie or for the person that has everything! Please comment below if you decide to use one the next time you’re having a modern domestic moment. Xx Sas