french grey salt

dried
coarse grain
4.9
based on 34 reviews
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0.5 oz
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3 oz
$3
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3 oz
$2
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16 oz
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VARIANTS
coarse grain - dried
fine grain - dried
Rich in minerals, ashen in color, and large in grain, this French grey salt has a briny tang worthy of the sea coast from which it's been harvested. Ancient salt marsh pools off the coast of Northern France flood each summer, collecting salt and minerals from the sea. The pools are stirred and raked gathering this salt from where it has settled and absorbed minerals and trace elements from the clay pond bottom. It is naturally rich in magnesium—a source of calcium—as well as iron.

This version is dried and is therefore well suited for milling. It is also ideal for stocks or water for cooking pastas or vegetables; or on meats and barbecues; or in salt crusts for fish. It is softer on the palate than commercial salts but richer in flavor.
QUICK INFO
french grey salt , coarse grain
PROCESSING / FORM
coarse grain
VOLUME
3 oz (85 g) per 1/2 cup
ORIGIN
France
The harvesting of our Guérande collection of salts is rich in tradition. The marshes from which the salts are collected were originally conceived and carved out of a coastal area in the French town of Guérande by monks in 945 AD. The monks' careful planning has bestowed us with these superlative salts harvested in a sustainable way—as is proven by the centuries of production they have yielded. The salt workers, called paludiers, embrace this responsibility and strive to preserve the balance of man and nature which allows for both a high-quality product and the preservation of a precious ecosystem. The marsh area they work is now a Protected Geographical Indication (PGI), this European quality assurance has strict specifications of industry.

Harvesting is done during the summer, but only under very specific conditions where in ocean, sun, and wind combine to form the prized fleur de sel in large sheets on the surface of the salt pools (œillets). The crystals are carefully skimmed by hand, usually using a rake called a "lousse," the salt is then collected in piles to drain and dry. The grey salt (sel gris) is collected from the bottom of these salt pools. It is mineral-rich as is reflected by its briny flavor and grey hue.

The sea salts do not undergo any form of washing or chemical treatments. It is sieved to remove as many impurities as possible, this is a completely natural product—harvested with traditional methods. It is devoid of additives, it contains none of the anti-caking agents, iodine, fluorine, or nitrites found commercial salts.
USAGE HINT

Make a salt paste of coarse grain French grey salt and egg white for use on potatoes or other root vegetables before roasting.

QUICK FACT

Coarse grey salt is harvested after the salt worker swirls water in the evaporation pond then it is raked from the bottom. It crystallizes on contact with the grey clay and takes on a bit of this hue and mineral content.

 
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