The Flower of Salt & The Sea
A flower of salt has very unique properties and flavors that only a few people have ever tasted. When dried, a flower of salt becomes white, brittle, crunchy, and salty. They are not to be eaten raw. However, when added to a dish with butter, they enhance its flavor. A small pinch should never be used on cooked or raw food.
A lot of people use flower of salt in their dishes, particularly when it comes to sea food such as herrings, scallops, oysters, clams, and mussels. It gives these dishes a salty taste, similar to what you get when eating a piece of white fish. Also, these crystals make any dish more succulent. Also, flower of salt can be used in breads, pastas, casseroles, salads, and vegetable dishes.
One of my favorites is fleur de sel. This trademark delectable flavor can be acquired from fleur de sel salt marsh. You will only need to add a very small amount, because this salt marsh tends to be too salty. The tiny crystals will give your dish a unique flavor that is out of this world. Add it to soups, stews, salads, vegetable dishes, and also to boiling soups.
You can add this salt garnish to sauces and dressings that are too salty. A little bit goes a long way. Also, you can sprinkle this salt around the globe in salads, or mix it in sauce, marinades, or spice mixes to make your dish more aromatic. This will enhance the taste of whatever is on the menu.
This salt can be compared to a sea salt in texture. It has a soft, briny texture that is somewhat like eggshell. When cooking with it, you can enjoy the distinctive flavor of its natural briny richness. This salt is used as a seasonings in seafood dishes. You might serve caviar on your fried fish, for instance, using briny fleur de sel as a finishing touch.
I love this type of salt for desserts. Unlike regular table salt, which has a coarse texture, this salt has a soft, creamy texture that is almost melt-able. It also has a mineral content of about five milligrams per one teaspoon. So, it is great for using in baking recipes. It will give a nice fluffy texture to the baked dessert.
Another very popular use for the flower of salt in baking and cooking is for curing fish. When I was growing up, my mom used to salt our flour and eggs every morning. She would also salt our meat and our vegetables. And because she was always looking for new and different ways to add flavor to her meals, she would take our daily fleur de sel from the kitchen windows and salt them just before cooking. She would take a handful of fleur de sel from the kitchen windows every morning and she still does.
I grew up in southwest Texas. And during the wintertime, my mom would take all of our hot water, our vinegar, our dry beans, and our fleur de sel from the kitchen windows and sprinkle them all over our plates. That was how we grew up. And now that I’m an adult, it’s interesting to think about all of the different ways we used salt throughout the years. Fleur de sel has stood the test of time. Now you can use fleur de sel to add moisture to your dishes and bake with fresh baked bread instead of plastic stick crumbs.
If you’re tired of table salt, try fleur de sel on a side note. You can use fleur de sel in place of table salt, especially if you prefer a more subtle flavor. This mixture is actually quite tasty. I’ve enjoyed a number of recipes using fleur de sel, including one particular dish that my husband served to us Thanksgiving weekend – two cups of chicken broth, one tablespoon of fleur de sel and two teaspoons of apple cider vinegar (my mom actually used white vinegar, which has a slightly stronger flavor, but the dish tasted great).
There are many other recipes that involve using fleur de sel as well as salt marshes. One recipe calls for salt and white vinegar blended together in a sauce pan over medium heat until bubbly. In another, white vinegar is reduced to a paste while the salt is added to the mixture. In yet another, we sprinkled the mixture over fish and allowed them to soak in the liquid for 30 minutes. Fish was very tender, moistened with liquid and delicious!
It’s really amazing what a simple change in the liquid you use can affect. Fleur de sel is one of those rare flavors that is not only delightful, but nutritious as well. When paired with other ingredients such as tomatoes and ginger it has a unique sweetness that makes it a classic. It pairs particularly well with other spicy foods, particularly chilies. Try fleur de sel for yourself today and see what you think.