Himalayan rock salt is one of the world's oldest natural salts, and is presented just as it is mined from the ground. Here at Sous Chef we sell Himalayan salt for cooking. Pop the dainty Himalayan salt crystals in a salt mill to season your food at the table. Or for a touch more theatre, pick up some larger rocks of Himalayan salt with a grater and give your meals a dusting of delicate pink 'snow' just before serving.
But to really wow your dinner guests, you need a Himalayan salt block. Also called Himalayan salt plates, these large slabs of salt can be heated in the oven and used to cook thin slices of meat, fish and vegetables at the table. You can even freeze a salt block, then use it to present ice cream, chocolate or toffees. Both ways of using the salt plate will impart subtly salty flavours into your food.
What about Himalayan rock salt vs sea salt? Well, both kinds of salt have mineral flavours. But sea salt also has subtly briny, sea-like flavours. This is why sea salt is such a good match for fish and sea food. But sea salt is also very fine and flaky, so it's better for adding flavour to a dish rather than texture. Rock salt is very coarse and forms large crystals. So, it's great for giving a salt crust to joints of meat or even whole fish.
All our Himalayan salt is lovely to cook with, or – if you prefer – of course you can add it to bath water too for a mineral salt bath!
Where Does Himalayan Salt Come From?
Himalayan salt comes from the foothills of the Himalayas - specifically from the Punjab region of Pakistan. The salt crystals started to form hundreds of millions of years ago when this region was still below sea level. When the Indian tectonic plate collided with the Eurasian plate, the salt deposits were pushed up as the Himalayan mountain range formed.
Why Is Himalayan Salt Pink?
The salt's pink hue is from the trace levels of minerals in the salt. Iron contributes the most to the colour, but there also traces of calcium and magnesium.
Can Himalayan Salt Go Bad?
Himalayan salt does not go bad. Just like any other salt, it lasts very long time as long as its kept dry.