Our Salina Crystal Salt comes from the Syracuse Salt Co., a father-daughter team in the "Salt City." Salt deposits left behind by an ancient ocean were folded deep into the Salina shale formation by glacial movement, where the rock salt is absorbed into the aquifer and pumped to the surface.
The natural brine is carefully evaporated into crunchy, pristine salt crystals that are perfect for sprinkling over everything from steaks to brownies.
- Origin: Syracuse, NY
- Process: Slowly dehydrated
Ingredients: Syracuse salt crystals (NaCl)
- Tasting notes: Sweet Minerality • Clean Salinity • Crunch
This salt does not supply iodide, a necessary nutrient.
- Sprinkle over steak, grilled fish, and roasted veggies
- Really, really good over pasta and deviled eggs
- Top brownies, cookies and other sweets
- Peaches with Silk Chili & Lime
- Roasted Fennel with Black Urfa Chili
Pairs well with: Purple Stripe Garlic, Robusta Black Pepper, Black Urfa Chili
David and Libby, otherwise known as the father-daughter dynamic duo making up Syracuse Salt Co.
David was born and raised in the industrial town of Syracuse, NY, which sits on the edge of Onondaga Lake. The town got the nickname the "Salt City" way back in the 18th century for the salt springs found all along the shores of the lake.
In fact, the massive salt deposit in the Salina shale formation (from 400+ million years ago!) made Syracuse the epicenter for salt production in the United States in the 1800s.
Fast forward to today. David left his job as a grounds manager for Sodexo to start a salt company. He rented a small warehouse and hired a crew to install a long pipe deep into a patch of dirt right outside the warehouse.
How deep? He'd reviewed the geological surveys for the area, but you can never be certain what you'll find until you start digging. So they started digging, crossing their fingers to hit a well of incredibly salty water before they got to the impenetrable bedrock below.
After digging 300 feet straight down, David gave the OK to stop. He tasted the water that they pumped up through a green garden hose, and his eyes lit up. They were pulling up pristine water from the shale that was 13% salt, which is 3 times the salinity of ocean water. Syracuse Salt Co. was in business.
Today, David and his daughter Libby have a small but growing salt production facility. While mineral salt is typically mined in big blocks and ground by heavy industrial machinery, Syracuse Salt Co. gently evaporates the salty water to form crunchy cubic towers. Then, the salt is scooped up, laid out on trays to dry, and carefully sifted to preserve its perfect shape and texture.
We don't have as much of their salt as we'd like, but they're working hard on expanding their facility so that this can be a regular item for us!
- Salina Crystal Salt
- Spice Club
Couldn't be better.
The Salina Crystal Salt offers tremendous texture and flavor, but I've gotten my best results grinding it with a mortar and pestle, because the individual crystals hold up in a hot pan so doggedly that folding it into a dish it is like adding a dense caviar, with unwelcome washes of saltiness in each bite.
I have two jars now one for the house one for the car!
This salt is great on steak, asparagus and baked potatoes!
Nothing like the texture or delight of Maldon. I'm going to focus on the amazing B&B herbs and spices and avoid the minerals for now.