When I review product I always intentionally try my absolute hardest not to reprint, or overly quote the manufacturer’s product page. I don’t want my reviews to take on a big endorsement or giant advertisement feel, which is why I am always upfront about product I dislike, (just scroll through my product review tab and see for yourself!) and I am completely committed to making my reviews as educational as possible.
My desire is and always will be to review products with my personal opinions and experiences, and to provide unbiased information that is unattached to the product and easily accessible to all.
I am stating all of this because this review is going to include a lot of information pulled from the Redmond’s Real Salt webpage and informational pamphlets, which is completely outside of my norm. Why? Well, because, there is no other product out there that is quite as exceptional and unique as this one! Additionally, the information provided is thorough, accurate and easy to understand, so I see no reason not to pass it on!
I mean, there’s really no point in my reinventing the wheel, is there? So keep in mind the following information is found on the Redmond’s Real Salt website, but also keep in mind – it’s all completely accurate! Check it out!
About Redmond’s Real Salt
Redmond’s Real Salt is one of the bestselling brands of sea salt in America’s health food stores, and for good reason!
Real Salt comes from an ancient sea bed in Central Utah, where, for more than 30 years the completely natural sea salt has been harvested. According to geologists, the Real Salt deposit is likely the remnant of an ancient sea from the Jurassic Period. Over time, the salt that settled at the bottom of the sea was trapped within the Earth and then pushed up near the surface close to Redmond, Utah.
The salt deposit begins about 30 feet below the surface of the Earth, covered in a layer of bentonite clay, which has protected the deposit from erosion and from the possibility of modern contamination. (Most salt deposits have been exposed to environmental toxins, such as pollutants such as acid rain, toxic waste, sewage, garbage or radiation.)
The mining process of Real Salt currently takes place about 300 feet below the surface. Miners carefully follow the food-grade veins and harvest the salt using carbide-tipped equipment that basically scrapes the salt off the walls of the mine. From there the salt is screened (for metal residue or other contaminants) and is then crushed to size before being shipped out.
And that’s it! There is nothing added, and absolutely nothing taken away. That means each container of Real Salt contains more than 60 trace minerals in a delicious, healthy salt that is never chemically treated, bleached, or kiln dried! Real Salt truly is one of the healthiest sea salts you can find.
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My Thoughts on Real Salt
My husband and I were particularly fascinated with this salt, not only from a culinary geek perspective, but from a history geek perspective as well. One of our favorite places to go on random dates (and make out sessions) is into the foothills of California’s Central Valley. In places such as the Kettleman Hills, there are hidden fossil beds, with hidden treasure ranging from the Jurassic to the Cenozoic Era which yield preserved ancient sea creatures and geologic rock deposits.
We always go and play Indiana Jones, casually rummaging around the brush and dirt clods, finding ancient paleontological treasures, ranging from perfectly preserved sand dollars to Pectens to various fish skeletons – all of them entombed in the sediments deposited from paleo-conditions directly related to the time when most of North America was covered by one giant ancient inland sea. Or as we Christians like to call it, “Noah’s Flood”.
Ancient oceans are responsible for virtually ALL inland sea salt deposits in North America. So when I learned about Redmond’s Real Salt I thought, “How cool is it to get a taste of the Biblical flood?!” Whether you are Christian or not, or if you attribute the inland oceans to an act of God or just a cool piece of world history, getting to consume a pure remnant from such a LARGE historical event is just kind of freaking awesome. So we were quite eager to try this salt!
And yeah, yeah, yeah, I KNOW that Himalayan Salt is from a similar source, but come on Americans – this is in our own backyard! To NOT try this stuff when it is so affordable is just so much fail.
The Taste Test
Ever since I switched to mineral salts and gave my empty sodium with anti-caking agents table salt the boot, I have acquired a bit of a discerning salt palate. I didn’t even know that was possible. But I am pretty sure I can blind test some Himalayan Pink, Hawaiian Black and Bretegna Grey with complete accuracy.
Redmond’s Real Salt DOES have a very unique and distinct flavor, within the taste profile of a very fine Himalayan Pink. While I wouldn’t say the salt is “sweeter” as they describe it on their website, I will say it is less “sharp”. (If that makes any sense?) I hate to say this, as you guys know I am shamelessly devoted to my Himalayan Pink Salts, but for a table salt, I think I would greatly prefer the Real Salt. Being far more subtle, with no lasting saline feel in the mouth, it works better as a flavor enhancer to finished meals.
Also, Real Salt is about half the cost of Himalayan Pink since it doesn’t have to ship from Pakistan!
Jonathan and I also tried Redmond’s Organic Seasoning Salt, Organic Garlic Salt and Organic Onion Salt in some of our cooking dishes (most notably, the Cajun cuisine we whipped up for Mardi Gras!) and while I cannot say that I noticed a “superior” or “better” flavor in my jambalaya than the generic seasoning, garlic and onion salts we usually use, I will say the CONTENT of these salts are far more exceptional. Using all natural organic spices and herbs, Redmond’s has completely won me over to their product line.
My ONLY suggestion to Redmond? Start making “Real Salt To Go” packets, fast food salt packet style! That way I can keep some in my car / purse for a healthy salt swap when I find myself eating out! 😉
***UPDATE: Oh. My. Goodness! THEY DO have Real Salt packets and travel shakers. What WHAAAAT!?!?!? The lovely folks at Redmond’s sent me a couple to try and I am so jazzed because I will totally be one of those foodie freaks that pulls out my Real Salt at a restaurant for some REAL FOOD goodness! This company is getting cooler by the second.. check them out!!**