Maldon Salt is made in Essex County England, in the town of Maldon, by the Maldon Crystal Salt Company. They’ve been making this world class salt here for a long time – since 1882! The techniques they’ve been using have been passed down for four generations – and the company still remains in the original family. To make the salt, seawater is taken from estuaries. The water is filtered, then put into large salt pans the size of several bathtubs together. The pans are heated to a boil, then the heat is reduced. Crystals form, and drop to bottom of the salt pans. About 16 hours later, the crystals will float back up to top, at which point the heat is turned off. The pans are allowed to cool overnight, then in the morning the salt is raked off the top. It is allowed to drain for 2 days, then it is dried in an oven.
The salt itself comes in large, thin, uneven, crunchy flakes with a very clean, pure salt flavor. Because of its large size, it’s primarily meant to be used as a finishing salt. However, the flakes do melt quite well despite their size, so if crumbled, it can be used to season food as its cooking.
Our own Pyramid Salt on the other hand is a bit of a different beast. A true Mediterranean delight, it hails from Cyprus Greece. Officially called the Republic of Cyprus, it is an island country in the Eastern Mediterranean. The third largest and third most populous island in the Mediterranean. Cyprus is a beautiful place, and the art of making salt there dates back centuries. Early Cypriots would use the newly formed sea salt to preserve various meats, fish, and even vegetables. One popular dish from the area involves cooking a whole fish – packed entirely in the famous local salt.
The unique pyramid shape of the Pyramid Salt is created through the process of solar evaporation of sea water where the water is channeled into a chain of shallow ponds or lagoons and then into large pans where the water is gradually heated, forming the pyramid shapes of the salt. The process continues until the salt reaches 3% humidity, and can take up to two years to complete.
Pyramid Salt is known for its dazzling and distinctive pyramid shape, light texture and mild taste. This gourmet flake salt is ideal for use in cooking, baking, and as a garnishing salt for fish and vegetable dishes. The delicate crystals can be crushed in the fingers to make a finer grained salt, or the whole crystals can be used for a toothsome crunch. Use it to top a slice of rare seared beef or add some texture to a caramelized sea scallop. It also works wonderfully on pastries – like a savory spanakopita or a rich dark chocolate mousse.