Salt is Salt
The quality and traceability of ingredients are becoming
more and more important to everyday shoppers. A while ago, some ingredients
would have been deemed fine, wherever they came from, but now we’re looking
towards quality as well as price.
Wander through any supermarket meat aisle and you’ll be
blown away by the different ways that animals are raised and produced. There’s
corn-fed chicken, free-range lamb, dry aged Aberdeen Angus beef, gourmet pork
sausages…and it’s admirable that people care about where their food comes from
and insist on quality, despite most people budgets being stretched a bit thin
at the moment.
However, it’s curious why some food is worthy of this care
and attention, whereas others are just taken as a standard, one-quality for all
product. People will quickly (and understandably) reach for free-range eggs,
not just because of the life the chicken leads, but because we think it tastes
better. We know that all eggs are not equal (starting to sound a bit like Animal
Farm here) so we don’t act like they are, but this approach should be taken
with so many other ingredients.
If I asked you what type of salt and pepper you had in your
cupboard right now, what would you say? Sea salt? Rock salt? Table salt? And
when it comes to pepper, the answers normally gets even more black and white,
Truth is, when it comes to salt and pepper, you’ve got so
many flavours and textures open to you, it’s just knowing where to look!
Verstegen offers lines of salt that cater to all tastes and
cuisines. Our Danish Pyramid Smoked Salt gets its distinctive appearance from
being cold-smoked in Denmark over beech wood to give it a lovely flakey texture
and light brown colour. This traditional method of preparation gives the salt a
fantastic smokiness that goes brilliantly when seasoning any meat, to give it
that real boost of flavour.
Whereas if you’re after a taste that’s a bit lighter, our
Himalayan Pink Salt can really give you something special. The salt is produced
in the most traditional way possible, hand mined in the south-west of the
Himalayas. The salt itself tastes as delicate as it looks, giving you a really
subtle and pure flavour. You can use it to season your food, or even use it
Also, if you want something a bit different, we have Persian
Blue Salt that has the bragging right of being found in only one mine in the
world. With that kind of rarity on its side, you know that you’re dealing with
a high-end product. The blue crystals give you a strong salty flavour at first
taste, then it’s followed by an almost sweet lingering after taste.
However, if this is all a bit too ‘out there’, I understand.
That’s why I saved the most familiar salt we offer to last, Atlantic Sea Salt.
This course sea salt has a stronger taste than your regular table salt, so you
only need to use it sparingly, in fact you’ll probably notice that it lasts
longer than other bigger salts, simply because our flavour is more
So, as you can see, nothing should be taken at face value.
Even the most everyday items in your shopping basket can normally have
fantastic quality and a great story behind them, as long as you choose a
company that cares about what they produce.
So to sum up, there’s top quality versions of even the
plainest looking items…except ice. Ice is pretty much the same wherever you go.