Salt is the single most important ingredient in the kitchen. Just about every savoury (and many a sweet) dish uses salt in some capacity, and it can be used in so many different ways: cooking, grilling, BBQing, baking, curing and finishing, just to name a few.
But what about when you need something a little extra? If you think your dishes could use some aroma and complexity, you should definitely consider using smoked salts. In fact, once you start using them we are sure you will wonder how you ever lived without them.
Smoked salts are a bold, flavourful way to add flame-grilled aroma and smoky complexity to just about any dish.
Smoked salts are a wonderful, natural way to add flame-grilled smokiness to a dish without resorting to using bitter, artificial tasting liquid smoke, or going through the hassle of smoking the food yourself.
What Is Smoked Salt?
Smoked salts are sea salt flakes that have been infused with smoke from real, untreated wood. No artificial flavors or colors are used at all. The salt is smoked with bark-free woods for up to two weeks. During this time, the wood imparts its own unique flavour profile to the salt, which can range from subtle to bold to sweet.
Smoked salt is perfect for enhancing the salinity of a dish while imparting the smokiness inherent to burnt wood, and the flavour unique to different types of wood. It is perfect for anyone from meat-eaters who want to beef up a BBQ, to vegans and vegetarians looking to add flame-grilled flavour to a dish.
Types of Smoked Salt
Smoked Alderwood Salt - Salt that has been slow smoked over red alderwood, which is the traditional smoking wood of the North American Indians. It’s as robust as it is versatile - the perfect way to naturally add a beautiful smoked flavour to a wide range of dishes.
Smoke Mesquite Salt - Salt that is naturally cold-smoked with mesquite wood to give it a distinctive sweet flavour that is straight out of Texas. In fact, it is the official salt of the Texan BBQ. Perfect for red meats, poultry, or just about anything cooked on the grill.
Smoked Hickory Salt- Salt that is cold-smoked with hickory wood that imparts a flavour that is both sweet and savoury, and has a strong, smoky taste. This flavour epitomises Southern U.S. cooking - perfect for ribs, burgers, red meat, pork, turkey, maple syrup, honey, ham, bacon and even prawns.
Smoked Chardonnay Oak Salt - Salt that is cold-smoked in small batches over chipped pieces of old oak barrels which have been used to age French chardonnay. It is more delicate than other varieties, with a gentle smokey flavour and a savoury hint of wine. Fantastic with seafood and in delicate sauces or soups.
Smoked Applewood Salt - Salt that is cold-smoked with sweet apple wood, which gives it a scrumptious sweet, fruity, woody flavour. Out of all smoked salts, this is the most delicate. It pairs perfectly with shellfish, fish, poultry and roast veggies.
Extra Bold Smoke Salt - Salt that is naturally smoked with a blend of seven carefully selected woods over two weeks to create a hearty smokehouse flavour. It has an intense, rugged taste that is rich and enticing. Use in marinades, sauces, stews, chili and soups. Or sprinkle on top of pork, chicken, tuna, salmon or steak for that “just-grilled” flavour.
How To Use Smoked Salt
Smoked salt is perfect for use in the kitchen where you think a dish could use a little richness and aroma. And with the range of flavour options available, the creative possibilities are practically endless.
Here are just some of the ways you can use smoked salt: