What Makes Our Sea Salt Special
We produce the only solar-dried sea salt in Nova Scotia. We believe in sustainable practices and local food. Our natural salt has only one ingredient, Nova Scotia sea salt- no additives! It is a moist unrefined food-grade finishing salt with all of the ocean’s trace minerals intact. It is produced by simply allowing the sun to work its magic! We filter the ocean water and dry it in our salt houses that work like greenhouses by amplifying the sun’s heat and allowing the sea water to dry out. That is it! We package our sea salt in 75g glass jars and small cloth gift bags.
How It’s Made
We regularly visit our favourite beach, from May to October, fill dozens of jugs with Atlantic sea water, and let the sun work its magic in our salt houses in Dartmouth.
We don’t boil the sea water. It takes a lot of energy to boil the ocean. We only filter the water then use solar energy from the sun to dry the sea water. We produce beautiful, moist salt crystals from May to October. We smoke some with applewood chips, leave some natural and have recently mixed some with spruce tips we forage in the spring. We have grown from 1 salt house to 4 salt houses and we plan to build even more! We still get excited when we see the beautiful crystals form at the bottom of the pan on a warm sunny day.
Using Nova Scotia Sea Salt
Our Nova Scotia Sea Salt is a solar-dried 100% natural sea salt. It is a coarse, moist salt. It is a finishing salt. Natural sea salt tastes clean and strong; so you don’t need as much as table salt when using it for cooking.
It is used by simply taking a pinch out of the wide-mouth jar and sprinkling it on your food. If you need our salt finer, it can be crushed between your fingers. Or you can crush the larger crystals with the back of a spoon or mortar and pestle. Don’t use a salt grinder it will clog it up!
Our smoked sea salt is made from our natural sea salt smoked with applewood chips. Our spruce tip sea salt is just the natural and the spruce tips crushed and mixed together.
Natural Sea Salt, like ours, absorbs moisture from the air as it has no anti-caking agents. Store our sea salt with the lid on the jar. If the salt gets too moist for your liking however, just dry it in the oven.
We make 3 kinds of Nova Scotia Sea Salt
- Natural Sea Salt with nothing added
- Smoked Sea Salt from applewood chip smoke
- Spruce Tip Sea Salt with spring harvested Spruce Tips
We love experimenting with our Nova Scotia Sea Salt and being creative! There are endless ways to use sea salt! Try it in salads, on strawberries, corn on the cob, roasted veggies and of course on caramel sauce over ice cream. Let a steak rest over night in the fridge with a layer of our sea salt, then barbecue the next day – the best BBQ steak ever! Our spruce tip sea salt is used like rosemary salt – amazing on pork or fish.
And NEW this year a liquid sea salt. A fine mist of sea salt – 8 times the concentration the ocean. Use this on fries, salad, roasted veggies, corn on the cob and focaccia bread.
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