Make Your Own Salt

Homespun Salt

Homespun Salt

I don’t think I’d do half the culinary experiments I do if B wasn’t all together so damn supportive. And by supportive, I mean that he has the same ridiculous ideas I do, but knows that he can convince me to do them so he doesn’t have to. Which would be how we found ourselves on the shores of Puget Sound on the Olympic Peninsula with two growlers full of salt water.

We had been watching Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie, a fantastic show, which you can watch online at the Gourmet website. It was all about sea salt and Sichuan peppercorns. Holy food porn up my alley, Batman, ya know? I was drooling. Part of it was a story on a guy who made his own salt from ocean water at his pub in England. They showed him down at the water, with a bucket full of water, walked you through the process of making it. I looked across the couch to B. We had to be on the peninsula the next day anyways…Wheels turning, ideas forming…Sure enough, the growlers were packed for the next morning.

How does it taste? Well, I’ll be honest, it tastes like salt. It is not crystals of salt, like what they sell in stores as “sea salt,” its more like little flakes. I would say that it is better than your average kosher salt, but not quite as good as the branded “sea salt” you can buy. However, given that it was free, required almost no work at all and will impress all your friends, I would reccomend this method highly.

How to Make Salt from Sea Water

Get your salt water: we used one gallon (two growlers) and came up with one spice canister full of salt.

Strain the saltwater–we used three layers of cheesecloth to make sure that nothing got through, into a large pot. Bring it to a boil and just let it boil away, evaporating all the water. Towards the end, we found that it was getting very splattery and messy, so we took it off the stove and spread the salt on a silpat and left it in the sun for a day. Technically, you can just let it boil til all the water is gone, but, if like us, you have a small pot and it is getting salt everywhere, the sun drying method works well for the last bit–it was already nearly evaporated, like a thick paste texture.

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7 Responses

  1. Awesome! I was just reading in On Food And Cooking about how the various kinds of salt are produced, but I never thought to go make my own. Might gotta try that. I think you would get different kinds of flakiness depending on how slowly you let the evaporation happen, how much surface area is exposed, and how much it is agitated.

  2. […] coffee and wine. I doth protest on the salt, that it shouldn’t be so difficult, i.e. see here, but I’m not sure it […]

  3. […] de Sel. I even love the book ‘Salt’ by Mark Kurlansky. Once I may have attempted to make my own salt. So now that that is all settled, I can explain how this relates to the delicious sweet potato roti […]

  4. I was doing some research for making my own salt and I shouldn’t have been going all over the place. Just check out another Seattle blogger’s site. Thanks for the information!

    Eric

  5. This is a great idea and I’ve just recently been reading about Stephen Harris’ pub in Seasalter. This would be a great thing to do with some Mediterranean sea water, I might wait until I go somewhere outside of Barcelona though, not sure I really want the salt from the port water as a seasoning.

    • Yes! The Seasalter was featured on an episode of Gourmet: Diary of a Foodie (I believe episodes are available online) not to long after I finished reading the book Salt, by Mark Kurlansky, I think? So those were the perfect storm for me to venture out. I also waited til I had an opportunity to be outside of the city area to do this–scary what could be in those port waters! Good luck, tell me how it goes!

  6. I am looking for a way to make my own salt. I don’t live close to the ocean so is there another way. Is there natural salt plants you can use in your diet. Hope to hear from someone.
    Thank You
    Don

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