Premium Sea Salt Fleur de Sel
Fleur de sel sea salt derives its name from the French, referring to the natural salt “bloom” topping the seawater evaporating in marshy pools. That bloom depends on just the right combination of terrain, sunshine and slow, steady winds. Once it forms, if it forms, harvesters skim the delicate salt crust with specially designed wooden rakes. Even along the coast of Brittany, with just the right conditions for fleur de sel production, the harvest rarely exceeds 2 pounds per day. Incredibly pure, fleur de sel has a high moisture content, up to 10 percent, as compared with 0.5 percent for table salt. Why is that important? The extra moisture enables the salt crystals to stick together, snowflake-style, which means they linger longer on the tongue, allowing for a more intense perception of saltiness. In addition, the unique evaporation process results in higher magnesium and calcium content, giving fleur de sel not only an oceanic flavor (even in comparison with other sea salts), but also a softness, lacking any bitter aftertaste.
Because fleur de sel is as much about texture as taste, it is ideal as a finishing condiment, whether topping grilled salmon just before serving or complementing the sugar crust on crème caramel. Fleur de sel is wildly popular as a dessert topping these days, partly because of its textural interest and partly because a touch of sodium triggers glucose sensors in the gut, to enhance the sweet experience.
Although areas of Portugal, Spain, the Canadian Pacific and Mexico harvest fleur de sel, France holds sway as the key source, an honor held since ancient Romans first stumbled across salt-harvesting Gauls. Pliny the Elder called the Gallic harvest “flos salis.”
Fleur de Sel salt is renowned worldwide by chefs as the best sea salt for culinary because of its delicate flavor, moist texture, and high mineral content.
Packed in a glass jar with airtight lids! Perfect for multiple uses! ( NOT dishwasher safe )
Madras Curry Powder is a favorite in spice pantries around the world. This unique blend showcases a signature, medley of premium spices, all coarsely ground to release their enticing aromas and bold, complex flavors. Much of the flavor comes from the turmeric (which brings in that yellow hue), cumin, fenugreek, and chili powder.
There are many different types of curries and Madras curry powder packs a little more heat than traditional curry powder. The chili powder in this blend brings the spice and a reddish hue to this powder.
Describing the taste of ras el hanout is tricky, because this North African seasoning not only varies from purveyor to purveyor but also relies on synergy to achieve its unique bang for the buck. A blend of many different spices, in varying proportions, ras el hanout should warm the palate, with no single spice, no single flavor note-taking prominence. Instead, each ingredient should enhance the others’ flavors. You’ll find warming, slightly sweet, pungent, floral and aromatic notes.
Ras el hanout’s history dates back to the ancient spice trade. North Africa was a prime crossroads for all sorts of exotic flavorings that would eventually traverse the Mediterranean and enter Europe. North African spice merchants would reserve the best of these exotic exports and blend them into their own house seasonings. “Ras el hanout” is Arabic for “head of the shop,” another way of saying a top-shelf item. Some historians claim the term also refers back to Ethiopia, where “ras” means king. Thus ras el hanout qualifies as a royal spice blend.
Spices, Sea Salt, Turmeric, Dried Chilies
Shichimi togarashi is a common Japanese spice mixture that dates back to the 17th century, in what is now current day Tokyo. This coarsely ground special seasoning blend includes dried chiles, sesame seeds, orange peel, salt, granulated nori, and ginger powder. The most potent ingredient is dried chilis, but it’s the sesame, ground ginger, and nori that make for a distinctly Japanese flavor unlike other chile based spicy herb mixtures.
Shichimi compliments many dishes. Sprinkle this spicey herb blend over just about anything whether creating Japanese cuisine or not. It flavors vegetables, steamed rice, udon or soba noodles, grilled meats, eggs, chicken, and fish. It kicks up marinades and rubs. It zests up soups, tempuras, and dressings. For a spicy umami snack, shake it over popcorn, rice cakes, fries, or crackers. Add before or after food is cooked as it works great in place of salt and pepper on your table.
2 oz / 57 gr
Give your recipes some umami flair with this spice blend. Add some Hoisin sauce and sesame oil to Chinese Five Spice for an Asian inspired dish. Use it in pulled pork with Asian slaw. Give it a hint of smokey flavor on salmon or duck by using a tea smoke and five spice with your recipe. It’s delectable on beef, chicken, tofu, and veggies. Almost any dish can become an Asian dish with this five-spice blend.
Star Anise, Fennel, Cinnamon, Cloves, Black Peppercorn