I just love Real Salt.
I love the rustic multicolored granules. I love the story on the bottles of how it was discovered. I love that it comes without contamination from modern pollution. I love the 60 trace minerals.
I love sprinkling it on my eggs with abandon not worrying about the perils of refined salt. (What’s the deal with the health benefits of unrefined salt?)
Now that I’ve even been down in the mine in Utah, I love the whole company and their commitment to quality and purity even more:
And I love that the 10-pound buckets, of which I now have many, are awesome to fill with a whole 9-tray batch of crispy apple chips. Just sayin’. It’s the little things.
When we were filming for our video-based kids cooking class, the Kids Cook Real Food eCourse, we were turning brand names away from the camera, but on my Real Salt, I was like, “I know them – I kind of want this one on camera, and I know they won’t mind!”
We’ve been Real-Salt-onites since at least 2010 and Remond-Clay-ites for almost as long. I love their products and even more, their philosophy of business: The customer is always right, the product should be natural, God’s gifts, best quality, and generosity is certainly their default.
BYOS (Bring Your Own Salt — to Restaurants)
“Did you bring your own salt?” the gal next to me at my last book club asked, surprised.
“Um, yeah,” I ducked my head sheepishly. I had been trying to surreptitiously get my Real Salt pocket shaker out of my purse to make the beet-tomato-and-goat-cheese salad come into its own with flavor, but I got busted.
Since I was outed anyway, I figured a little real food evangelization wouldn’t hurt. “It’s Real Salt, and it has over 60 minerals instead of just two. It’s from this ancient underground sea deep in Utah.”
Yes, I really do stuff like that. And I give out Real Salt minis as stocking stuffers and party favors. Real foodies can be a different sort of breed (a heritage one, hopefully, right!? Ha!).
New Flavored Grinders to Make Flavorful Meals Easier
Redmond just keeps adding new ways to keep real food delicious. I’m so excited about these new flavored salt grinders, in Lemon Pepper and Garlic Pepper. They only use the highest quality organic ingredients and skip all those nasty fillers, sugar and additives you’ll find in other flavored salt grinders.
We’ve had some since summertime and they’ve become a staple on our table. Like literally…you know how you might always leave salt and pepper on the table? These little cousins fit right in and have taken root! Even our little kids adore putting them on steamed or roasted veggies, meats, and salads. Honestly, sometimes I wonder why I spend any time seasoning at the stove!
Also, it has to be said – if you’re a fan of efficiency (and what parent isn’t?), to get 3-4 flavors in one quick grind is delicious and quick!
How We Use Our Unrefined Sea Salt
It used to alarm me a little bit when I realized how quickly I could go through a 10-pound bucket of unrefined salt.
It took our family less than a year to get through the whole thing!
And it’s not like we’re superfluous with our shaker at the table – although I admit I’m not afraid to add a little more to my eggs or soup, because I know that I’m still not using as much white salt as your average American eating processed foods.
So although it shocked me at first when I realized that I could already see the bottom of this seemingly massive bucket of salt, I’m not worried about it.
When you think about from-scratch cooking and start adding up the teaspoons, it’s easy to understand how fast it can go!
Using Real Salt in a Whole Foods Kitchen
My son was reading the Real Salt shaker at the table one night when he was about 10, and he piped up with curiosity, “Why do other salts have anything other than just salt in them?”
I told him that most salts add stuff to make it flow well.
“That’s dumb,” he wisely said. “Why?”
“I guess salt sometimes clumps up a little bit,” I answered.
“Who cares? Not a big deal.”
White table salt is also usually adulterated with dextrose, a corn sweetener. Why that’s there I really don’t know.
We’re all about the Real Salt, with the full spectrum of minerals.
I love supporting this US company while supporting my family’s health, and my husband loves the grilling seasoning so he can just take one bottle outside to season meat. I have a feeling the new flavored salt grinders are going to be a new favorite of his!
What Foods Does Our Real Salt Go Into?
When you’re measuring by the teaspoon or tablespoon (and not just a tabletop shaker), here’s where your Real Salt goes:
- Making homemade chicken stock requires 1 teaspoon per quart. When I make a batch of broth, I always make three, so that’s about 4-6 gallons of broth, or 16-24 teaspoons (up to a half cup) of salt!
- Our favorite whole wheat rolls use 2 teaspoons of salt for just one batch, and my honey whole wheat sourdough that used to be our daily bread, literally, calls for 2 teaspoons per batch as well.
- I’ve fallen off the wagon, sadly, of making homemade crackers, but both the Wheat-Thin-style cracker and the sourdough cracker that I used to make regularly take another teaspoon per double batch (and a double batch is barely worth dirtying the bowl – I’m a quad batch homemade cracker maker when I take the time!).
- Throw a half to a full teaspoon into each casserole, batch of rice, or pound of homemade spiced sausage that I make and you can see how it really adds up!
I’ve now graduated from the 10-pound bucket to the 25-pound bag, which I split with my mom who makes a lot of homemade bread. Note: Sadly there are no more 10-pound buckets of salt, just 10-pound bags, BUT as of Feb. 2024 you can still buy an empty bucket to refill.
Real Salt offers plenty of ways to buy salt in bulk, in case 25 pounds seems a little much.
- Regular 26-oz. refill pouch (my mom loves the pour spout on these, easier to refill the shakers)
- 10-pound bag (buy an empty bucket to make it easier to scoop to refill your shakers)
- 25-pound bag (this is a plastic bag, but I’ll at least use it to line a bathroom garbage before throwing away)
If you are ready to get REAL with your salt, use the code “Kitchenstew” for 15% off anything.
Other Ways to Use Real Salt
My husband and I are trying to take one salt bath per week (rather unsuccessfully, unfortunately, but it’s a good goal). We use Redmond bath salts and a good soak, and not only is it relaxing but I know I’m assimilating minerals through my skin that can bring better balance to my body.
I also use Real Salt for cleaning. It works so well to clean my cast iron pans!
Does Real Salt Have Too Much Lead? Is It Unsafe?
In 2024, there have been some posts questioning the amount of lead in Redmond Real Salt, and I’m receiving comments and questions about it! I’ve been in the Remond mines, and I know it’s as natural as it comes, but it’s always worth finding out more.
I don’t have time to do hours of research, so I’m relying on answers from Redmond:
“These sorts of attention-grabbing posts and blogs are always concerning, but the science and chemistry are a lot more complicated than any single post. Because we live on the planet Earth, and because the earth is made of elements, there will be trace amounts of earth-based elements in everything earth related. And fortunately, our bodies have the ability to deal with these elements in trace amounts as they are found in all food and water (as shown in the test).
It should also be noted that when looking at trace and ultra trace amounts on a single elemental assay, the amounts change due to testing sensitivity as well as natural variation. With our testing over the last 30 years, sometimes an element like lead will show up, other times it won’t. And the amounts detected can change.
Because of this, on our published analysis on these elements list the highest amount we have ever found, and then add a few more, with a “less than” symbol. That is just to make sure if anyone else ever does a test, their test will be less than ours. So, a single test like the one they referenced with 78% showing aluminum and 98% show lead, would likely be 100% if they would have done 30 tests over multiple years. And that is because it will always be there, because we live in earth.
The second part of this discussion is that all forms of all elements are not the same. This part makes the headline-catching buzz-words more laughable.
On an elemental analysis, they test for the presence of a pure element, not the compound(s) that those elements occur in. Even though they occur as different compound and/or isotopes. In salt, 100% pure table salt, the test results would show 620,000 parts per million (ppm) Chlorine and 380,000 ppm Sodium. This is where it gets interesting. Everyone knows that pure elemental Chlorine is a deadly, acid, gas. Super dangerous and super deadly. Lesser known, is that pure elemental Sodium is an extremely volatile silver-colored metal that is a very alkaline base. In fact, a single drop of water on a block of pure, metallic, silver and it will explode violently. Yet, if you attach a single sodium to a single chlorine, you get sodium chloride which is nothing like pure sodium and nothing like pure chloride. Similarly, there are some forms of iodine that are essential for life. Other forms of iodine, like Iodone131, are extremely radioactive and will kill you in a short period of time.
Aluminum is similar in that some forms of aluminum are extremely problematic, and others are completely inert. In fact, aluminum is the 3rd most abundant element in the earth crust, but fortunately it does not occur in a pure elemental form but rather attached to silica. And when aluminum shows up as an aluminum silicate, it is completely inert and 100% different from elemental aluminum – even though on an elemental analysis you will see aluminum and silica listed as different elements.
We actually have had a few different blog posts addressing these topics for years and I will share the links below. Like many things, these topics come and go as hot-buttons with different news/blog posts, so we just leave them up for times like this:
All that said, we know that Real Salt is not for everyone. And anyone that feels that highly processed salts like Morton or Diamond Crystal are preferred because of their highly processed and refined approach to salt is better, are probably better off using a different brand. In contrast, we feel that nature has it right when it comes to prodcuts. So even though natural products, including natural salts, have natural earth-based elements, we prefer them to a highly refined product that tried to “improve” on nature.
Hope that helps and thanks again for reaching out and for being a fan of Redmond.
I asked about the equipment used to mine and process the salt, just in case. Good answer:
The equipment used to grind the salt is a carbide tipped drum, which is a carbon based manufactured alloy with zero lead. Lead is extremely soft and is not used in any of the metals or processes.
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