27 Sep '11, 6pm

Chow-to: Make your own sea salt via @grist

Chow-to: Make your own sea salt via @grist

Linda's newfangled saltwater storing device, aka a standard rectangular cooler. Back in the days when my husband and I were blissful DINK's (double income no kids), I collected shoes. Whether we were in Tijuana, Mauritius, or the far-reaches of Eastern Romania, I'd shove my feet in the nearest pair -- the weirder the better. After we acquired a height-of-the-market mortgage and had a son with a shoe habit that rivals his mommy's, I had to switch to my backup plan: collecting salt. In Hawaii there was the red alaea, which is coarse-ground and tastes of clay. In Sicily there was sea salt collected in pans and flavored by the coral in the water, and in St. Barts the splendor of a large salt pond rivalled that of the turquoise Caribbean waters. Soon, I had amassed a stockpile of more than 30 salts from around the world. My only rule was I had to have visited the source. Then t...

Full article: http://www.grist.org/food/2011-09-27-chow-to-make-your-ow...

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