Sea Salt FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
This page contains answers to frequently asked questions about natural sea salt and the products of Crown Sea Salt Ltd. If you do not find an answer to your question here, please contact us directly.
I’m on a low-salt diet. Is sea salt better for me than table salt?
First, anyone on a salt-restricted diet should consult their doctor. With that said, there are great differences between table salt and natural, solar evaporated sea salt.
Processed table salt has been evaporated at high temperatures to separate the over 72 beneficial trace minerals found in the sea. It is then washed, removing unwanted debris and the essential minerals, dried in a kiln, and bleached for color. Potassium iodide (or Potassium Iodate) is then added to it, and anti-caking agents such as aluminum silicate are added to make a conveniently flowing product.
Natural sea salt on the other hand, is more flavorful and enhances the flavor of foods much better than table salt. It does not contain additives and retains 2-8% naturally occurring trace minerals by volume.
People on a salt-restricted diet should know that there is sodium in sea salt, but slightly less than an equal portion of table salt. Many people find that they use less sea salt as compared to table salt, because it is more flavorful, with trace minerals that represent 2-8% less sodium in every pinch.
Why should I use sea salt?
Quality sea salt adds texture and flavor. Crystals – coarse or fine, may be applied in creative ways in your cooking. Natural sea salt is free of drying agents, free of chemicals needed for anti-caking, and without added iodine (unless where required by law). Sea salt typically has a higher concentration of trace minerals.
How does Crown Sea Salt extract salt from sea water?
Our natural sea salt is made by evaporating fresh sea water in a system of shallow, clay-bottomed evaporation ponds. Coarse crystals are formed as the ocean water evaporates, leaving behind pure sea salt crystals, which are then harvested by hand either from open air gypsum-bottomed crystallizing pans or from our indoor Salt Flakes crystallizers. No artificial processes are involved, no chemicals are added. Our salt is that natural!
Why is sea salt moist?
The moisture in sea salt is an indication that it is a natural product. Sea salt attracts moisture from the atmosphere, which is why standard table salt has drying agents added to provide a more free-flowing product. Sea salt does not flow well in a shaker.
Is sea salt organic?
Organic is a label placed on a food product such as vegetables that meet the requirements of an organic standard. These standards are usually designated by a government or trade association. Sea salt can be considered organic if it is produced in a natural way. Beware of some sea salt that has been processed and really isn’t much different from table salt. The differences are difficult to distinguish.
Is your sea salt iodated?
In Ghana, it is required by law for all salt for human consumption to be iodated. However, our export salt brands are not iodated, based on customer requirements.
Do you use any MSG (monosodium glutamate) in your products?
No. We do not use any artificial flavorings or seasonings.
How can I get a finer grind from my Sea Salt crystals?
A coffee mill works very well for this purpose. Keep a separate mill specifically for grinding salt, herbs, and spices.
We will however, be launching a finely milled salt product soon. Watch this space.