Boy, have I got a treat for you today. First, I’m going to introduce you to salt and clay (the real stuff), and then we’re going to have a giveaway!
First, Real Salt
Last spring, I spoke with someone who had a passing interest in my book on fermentation. She said, “Can I ferment without salt? Because my doctor says I can’t have salt.” Her question stunned me and I didn’t know what to say.
You see, I’ve been enjoying — and craving and indulging — real salt for so long that I’ve developed a sort of tunnel vision. I completely forget there’s another world out there where salt is evil.
About that lady: I think I mumbled something to the effect of unrefined salt is completely different than grocery store table salt. One is a health food, the other is poison. I wasn’t eloquent or strong in my statement, but I guess I got the basics right!
Real Salt — fine and kosher
If I could have a do-over, this is what I’d say.
Grocery store salt — think Morton’s — is:
- recrystallized and chemically cleaned at excessively high temperatures into something the body doesn’t recognize as food
- refined and stripped of its God-given balance of minerals
- combined with chemicals such as anti-caking ingredients and fluoride
- just tastes “salty” — a chemical salty to me!
Unrefined salt, on the other hand…
- has color — flecks or hues of pink, brown, black, or grey
- contains 60+ beneficial minerals and trace minerals
- tastes amazing — earthy or sweet or a mixture of flavors, depending on the source
Three Kinds of “Real Salt”
In the world, you’ll find three major types of “real salt” — one of them is the Redmond Real Salt, out of Utah.
Check out this infographic. Isn’t it great? You can see the differences between conventional and unrefined salts. Plus, you can see what makes each of the three types of unrefined sea salts unique. (click to enlarge)
I have used all these types of unrefined salt. In fact, I have each kind in my house right now.
The Celtic sea salt I don’t prefer. Mostly I don’t like that it is “wet” and therefore less convenient to use. Also, the coarser grains makes it less of an all-purpose. It takes longer to dissolve in soups, and is just plain too large to sprinkle on anything. It is also pretty pricey. With regard to the wet issue, I have a friend who dries her Celtic sea salt in the dehydrator — I think that is a great idea!
For several years, I have primarily used Himalayan/pink sea salt. I like it very much. It is a dry — a huge benefit for me! I used/use it for pickling, fermenting, cheesemaking, and in all my day to day cooking. However, it is pricey. About $7/pound from my best source.
Then earlier this year year, Darryl Bosshard from Redmond Real Salt sent me samples of his unrefined salt. He sent both fine and kosher grains (here’s a video about grain sizes in salt) and I have to tell you, I got hooked! The salt is just as versatile as the Himalayan. It is dry and tastes delicious. I love that it is mined nearer to home (Utah as opposed to Pakistan)… but the real kicker is I can get it for about $2 per pound!
To get that price, I special ordered 25# bags of Redmond Real Salt through the health food department of the grocery store. They gave me 10% off the retail/bulk price, and now we have a good supply of salt in our long-term food storage. They carry it in the bulk bins, too, and even at regular price, it is by far the cheapest real salt option out there. You’ll probably find the same when you shop around.
If you can’t find it locally, you can order online. Use coupon code “gnowfglins” to get 15% off — and orders over $35 get FREE SHIPPING.
Oh, I forgot! We also use the Redmond Animal Salt for our farm animals, too! (That comes through Azure Standard.)
Here’s a really, really good video about how Redmond Salt was discovered, and how it is mined and produced. This is a video that just makes you feel good about real food. Another good video for kids!
So, like I said — hooked. I am.
Darryl sent me some Redmond Clay, too — various skin care and internal clay products made from weathered volcanic ash, a bentonite type of clay. Here’s a video about “Redmond Clay.”
And this video shows how great clay is when you have kids around! (And not as a play-doh substitute.)
Lots more videos about Redmond Clay are here. I would have embedded them all if I didn’t think it was overkill.
What does my family think of Redmond Clay? We’ve given it a good shot — and found it is very useful. The clay tablets cleared up an extended bout of diarrhea for a family member within a matter of hours. One of my daughters uses the clay as a nightly mask and it is doing wonders for her skin. And me, I love, love, love the clay toothpaste — Earthpaste!
If you’re interested in trying out any of Redmond’s products — Real Salt, Redmond Clay, or Earthpaste — you can save 15% at redmondtrading.com when you use the coupon code “gnowfglins”. Orders over $35 get free shipping; even more savings!
Redmond Giveaway: $73 Value!
Ready for the giveaway? Redmond is giving two GNOWFGLINS readers a $73+ prize package that includes Real Salt, Redmond Clay, and Earthpaste products! This is a very similar collection to what I received earlier in the year. So believe me when I tell you it is awesome and you are going to love it…
See — I told you. Awesome.
How to Enter
This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. only. (I’m really sorry, international friends! )
Use the widget below to enter. The giveaway starts today and ends at midnight on Sunday, September 30, 2012.
I’ll select two winners from among the entries, and announce the winners on Monday, October 1, 2012.
Just so you know, I will verify the entries of anyone who is selected, and if I find anything is not true, I will move on and select someone else.
Best wishes, everyone!
Don’t forget — tell us in the comments below which product(s) interest you and why!
Disclaimer: Redmond gave me a generous box of sample products and is compensating me for hosting this review and giveaway. The samples were given without any obligation for a favorable review, so it is with pleasure I wholeheartedly recommend any or all of Redmond’s fine products to you.