Salt & Pepper

Posted on March 16, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple |

Food - Salt & Pepper          Food - French salt

My favorite salt to use is this sea salt from Guerande in France.  It is harvested from the sea the old fashioned way and it shows.  It is really a pleasure to use and it just tastes better than any industrial salt.  See http://www.seldeguerande.fr/index.php?l=e for really interesting information about it.  I bought this 500g bag in Paris in 2010 for a song and I’m hoarding it!  I brought a few of these back for gifts and I only kept one for myself.  This was a mistake.  When I was back in France for the hiking trip last September I wanted to buy more, but I didn’t want to buy it on the first day and carry it for 105 miles so I made a mental note to get it on the last day.  Do you notice how those mental notes just don’t always stick around?  We even went to the store on the last day for bread, wine, and cheese, and salt just escaped me.  So I’m still savoring this one bag!  Next time for sure!

Pictured on the left is my favorite salt shaker.  $1.99 at Goodwill.  It feels wonderful to the touch because it’s green marble and formed perfectly for the hand.  I wondered why someone would get rid of it (always a fun game to play.)  When I got home I knew immediately.  The holes were too small to be functional.  Next time at my dad’s he had me pick the drill bit I wanted.  He disappeared to the garage for a few minutes and wah-lah!  Perfect salt shaker holes!

The pepper grinder has been a journey.  I have wasted a bit of money over the years on ineffective pepper grinders.  After survey response research I discovered Vic Firth pepper grinders and I don’t think I’ll ever need another one.  It’s a bit pricey $40, but when something is such a joy to use, and I use it everyday, it’s worth every penny.  These grinders are engineered to twist to the right for coarse grind and to the left for fine.  It’s really simple and really elegant to handle and to use.  Seasoning food with these wonderful things makes it that much more pleasurable to cook and eat at home.

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