Himalayan salt is a rosy-colored mineral mined from the ancient sea beds of the Himalayan mountains. Sealed by volcanic lava, the salt remained protected from other elements for 200 million years, preserving its natural flavor. The unique properties of this salt can also help extract flavor and fragrance from the plant cells in fresh herbs. Due to its rich mineral content and antimicrobial properties, Himalayan salt is a wellness-enthusiast favorite and can serve as a natural, preservative-free alternative to traditional table salt.
Himalayan salt’s top use is in food and beverage applications. The unique properties of this salt can help extract flavor and fragrance from the plant cells in fresh herbs. This makes it an amazing salt to use in your tabletop grinder or salt mill, showcasing its distinctive, rosy-pink color.
When cooking with Himalayan salt as a cooking surface or block/platter, it leaves a delicate, salty flavor on the foods placed on it. When heated on a grill, stovetop, or in an oven (up to 400°F) it can be used to lightly sear shrimp, scallops, or thinly sliced meats—right at the table! Himalayan Salt Blocks or Platters can be used for serving pretty much anything – even frozen items like ice creams, sorbets, or cream desserts. It is also naturally antimicrobial, making it easy to clean.
Pictured: Shrimp cooked on a Himalayan salt block/platter. Learn how in our Black Pepper Honey Shrimp recipe.
Himalayan salt is well-known for its culinary uses, however, there are many other exciting reasons and ways to use it:
- Relax & Pamper: soak in a Himalayan salt bath; light a candle in a Himalayan salt candle holder, enjoy the soothing light of a Himalayan salt lamp.
- Fun DIY Projects: make Himalayan salt scrubs, bath salts, etc.
- For Wellness: Experiment with Himalayan salt caves and inhalers. It’s claimed they aid in detoxification and air purification and said to have many wellness benefits due to the 80+ trace minerals and elements contained within the salt crystals.
Buy Himalayan Salt
If you just can’t get enough of this rosy-colored mineral salt, there are many options available which can suit your different needs.
Himalayan Salt Block / Platter, Himalayan Salt Chunk, Himalayan Salt Brick
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Hot or cold, use salt platters for food preparation, salt-curing and table presentation. Place food directly on the platter— cheeses, fruit, dried meats, hors d’oeuvres, and more.
Enhance flavor while grinding herbs and spices with the natural elements and purity of this mortar and pestle.
Dispense this artisan salt directly from its convenient grinder or fill your favorite salt mill to season food before cooking or as a finishing salt for savory and sweet dishes.
Himalayan Fine Mineral Salt
Dispense this artisan salt directly from its convenient flip-top shaker or fill your favorite salt shaker to season food before cooking or in place of your table salt.
Pictured: Himalayan Salt Block, Himalayan Mortar & Pestle, Himalayan Granules Mineral Salt, Salt Block Cooking Book
From flavoring foods to an impressive food presentation—show us the exciting way you use Himalayan Salt to amplify your culinary creations and/or lifestyle – share it with us on Instagram @spiceandtea.