"The cure for anything is salt water - sweat, tears or the sea" - Karen Blixen
"A kiss without a beard is like an egg without salt" -Dutch Proverb
" A wise woman puts a grain of sugar into anything she says to a man, and takes a grain of salt
with everything he says to her" -Helen Rowland
Uses of salt: food preservative, flavoring enhancer, essential nutrient, enhances color, can contain trace minerals, activates gluten,
Types of salt: pink himalayan, kosher, table, sea salt. celtic sea salt , fleur de sel, black salt (tastes and smells like sulphur), grey salt,
Table salt has changed since i was young. Salt shakers had rice added to them to keep the salt from clumping. Now it is processed, bleached and demineralized; anticaking agents and other chemicals are added back in. Iodine is added back in to help with thyroid. Although I'm not sure how well this works being that synthroid is the largest selling pharmacutical in the world.
fun tips: 1 tsp of salt to season 1 lb of ground meat
the good, the bad, and the ugly: water retention, fluid balance, nerve signal transmission and muscle function, absorb and transport nutrients
Making Salt: Why? Why the fuck not!
I had been wanting to do this for ages since i had seen an article on Facebook saying the price of salt had gone up because of a world wide salt shortage. WTF! I live on Vancouver Island , am surrounded by the sea and thought what a bunch of bullshit! So lets do it!
So i decided to try. Found a spot with a lot of water movement and grabbed 25 liters of clear salt water. The tide was out so not much debris. Also did this in winter so no algae blooms etc. Brought it home and boiled the water off. It took quite awhile but it really is that simple. As the waterline was getting low , you could see crystals forming on the top and starting to look opaque. When it got a bit lower , i then poured into a glass pyrex dish and put in the oven on 170* overnight to dry out further, giving it a stir every once in a while to break up hard lumps. That is it! So fucking cool!
Ready to use , 750 g Vancouver Island Sea Salt! 5 cups approx.
Now what to do with all this salt??
Chicken Salt, Furikake, and Curry Popcorn Seasoning
Chicken Salt ( the Aussie's love this shit) brilliant
Wonderful on fries, potatoes, rice, popcorn or veg
skin from 2 chickens or equivilent of chicken legs
4 Tbsp salt
1 Tbsp dried mushroom powder or 1/4 cup dried mushroom slices
1 tbsp onion powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp thyme and savory each
1 tsp black pepper
-lay chicken skin on a baking tray and roast in a 325* oven till crispy. drain off the chicken fat and reserve for other cooking. place chicken skin in a pot with water til just covering the skin and simmer until water has evaporated. place back on baking tray and roast again at 325* until crispy. place all ingredients into a blender and puree until fine. place in jar until use.
4 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds
2 tbsp salt
4 tsp sugar or sweetner alternative
1 tsp chili flakes
2 tbsp bonito flakes
1 tbsp dried powdered mushroom
4 tbsp crumbled seaweed
-run through a blender or food processor until desired size
wonderful on rice or with mushroom omelette
Curry Popcorn Seasoning
2 Tbsp curry powder
1 Tbsp black salt (or whatever you have)
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp sugar
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp citric acid
-Melt your butter or coconut oil and add to your popcorn and season to taste
This shit is so fucking good!!!