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Salt, Balsamic, 45g, Salt Spring Sea Salt
Our balsamic fleur de sel adds a robust & sophisticated dimension to salads, veggies, pasta, fish, chicken, white meats. Made with Italian Modena Balsamic, the flavour will jump off your plate and tantalize your tastebuds!
SALT SPRING SEA SALT ROOTED IN FRENCH TRADITION
The story begins in France, as a boy learns from his grandmother to cook with love…
Philippe Marill’s taste for fleur de sel and love of fine food began at a young age. He was raised in Montpellier, not far from the Camargue marshes where a large portion of French fleur de sel is produced. However, it was his grandmother, Mamie Rose, who inspired his passion for cooking. She taught him that all you need are three flavours and the magic of fleur de sel sprinkled on top to elevate the simplest of foods. She also helped him master the three-finger pinch! The crystallized sea salt flakes were a staple on the table, a delicious finishing touch to every meal. Consequently Salt Spring Sea Salt was born.
As an adult, Philippe spent many years living in California, where he met his wife, Carolyn Kvajic. Whenever he returned to visit family in France, he would stock up on his beloved fleur de sel.
The “aha” moment – let’s make our own!
We moved to Salt Spring Island in 2013, inspired by area’s natural beauty, organic produce, farm-to-table products, and artisan creations. Within a year, we had completely run out of the fleur de sel we had brought to the island. Looking around at the pristine natural beauty and the ocean of water at our doorstep, we had an “aha” moment – let’s make our own!
PERFECTING THE PROCESS
Philippe had always been intrigued at how fleur de sel is created through a fluke of nature. It happens only in a few places in the world. As a whole lot of elements have to occur at the same time. And even then, it may only happen for a few days a year.
In order to fully understand how fleur de sel crystals are formed, and the unique conditions that must exist for it to happen, Philippe spent six months researching and deconstructing the process. At this point he then rebuilt the process in a commercial kitchen, fine-tuning temperature and air circulation to create the ideal environmental conditions for producing and harvesting the delicate crystals.
ADDING A SAVOURY TWIST
Philippe began to experiment by infusing the crystals with everything from red wine, wild blackberries, and locally grown rosemary and garlic to such classic flavour profiles as balsamic vinegar, lemon zest and chocolate. The result is a delight to the senses. Pure and unrefined, each infused sea salt has a distinct colour, taste and aroma, and pairs beautifully with different foods to elevate both taste and visual appeal. Check out the products Philippe has created!
LABOUR OF LOVE
We are proud to transform regular Pacific seawater into a fleur de sel that rivals its French origins. We harvest, evaporate, sift, prepare, pack and label all of our products by hand, using only the very best fleur de sel crystals, and are continually experimenting with new recipes.
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HOW TO USE FLEUR DE SEL:
Fleur de sel is a finishing salt that enhances the taste of soups, salads, fish, meat, fruit, vegetables, even dessert. It is important to only use it on food just before serving, and not while cooking as high temperatures will cause the crystals to melt and lose their unique character.
There is an art to sprinkling fleur de sel on your food. Take a three-finger pinch, then in one circular motion high above the plate crush the crystals between your fingertips letting them fall randomly to create a rollercoaster of taste with every bite.
Display & refill
Keep a variety of the natural and flavoured sea salts in small ceramic or glass bowls on the table or kitchen countertop and refill as needed. The colourful array of crystals are beautiful to behold and enrich the dining experience.
With so many different types of salt available today, it can be confusing. How do you know which one is best? What are the fleur de sel and sea salt benefits? Here’s a quick overview of the difference between fleur de sel, sea salt, and regular salt.
Fleur de sel and sea salt are both derived from seawater. Fleur de sel are the distinctive pyramid-shaped crystals that rise to the top during the evaporation process. Like a delicate flower they bloom and float on the surface and must be gently harvested by hand. Crystals are very difficult to achieve. A unique set of oceanic and environmental conditions must align for them to form.
Sea salt is what’s left after evaporating all the seawater. It is a grain, not a crystal, and contains traces of sediment that give it a slightly bitter taste. Regular or table salt does not come from the sea at all. It is a refined product made by injecting water into an underground salt deposit to form a brine, which is then heated to evaporate the water.
Salt Spring Sea Salt is made with the finest hand-harvested fleur de sel crystals and infused with locally sourced ingredients. You will see, taste and appreciate the difference. Here’s why.
Purity – Fleur de sel is the purest form of salt you can get. It contains absolutely no gypsum or other impurities from the sea.
Taste – Because it is so pure, there’s no bitterness. It melts slowly on the tongue and provides a delicious crunch as it enhances the flavour of the food. Chefs worldwide consider it to be the crème de la crème of salts.
Variety – Our flavour-infused sea salt using local organic herbs, fruit, spices, wine and beer are truly unique. You won’t find anything like them in the world.
Beauty – You first eat with your eyes. Our flavour-infused crystals come in an array of colours that visually tempt the taste buds when sprinkled randomly on top of food.
Health – Fleur de sel is as natural as you can get. Once you use start using it as a finishing salt, and taste the difference it makes, you won’t ever want to cook with regular salt again. This will reduce your overall salt intake.