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July 15, 2018

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Avocado Toast with Salt Cellar Sriracha Sea Salt

Avocado and Sriracha Toast

Avocado toast is healthy, filling, quick, easy, and delicious. It’s great for any time of the day including breakfast, lunch, or an afternoon snack. One of our favorite breakfast recipes is avocado toast with our Sriracha Sea Salt sprinkled on top. This gourmet sea salt is a favorite amongst avocado breakfast chefs because it adds just the right touch of spice. This will bump up your recipe a few notches from “good” to “let’s make it everyday!” Ingredients: Simply toast your bread to your liking, spread the avocado, top with other ingredients and sprinkle Salt Cellar Sriracha Infused Sea Salt to taste. Share and enjoy!
May 24, 2018

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Celebrate Spring with Salt Cellar Gourmet Asparagus Recipe Ideas

Think spring vegetables and few come to mind ahead of asparagus. This stalky green is packed with vitamins and minerals, and gets an A+ for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Factor in its versatility and, who wouldn’t make asparagus the star of an annual spring dinner party or simple weeknight meal? Add your favorite Salt Cellar finishing salt for a gourmet touch, and sit back and wait for the compliments. We’ve provided a little inspiration here to get you started with an appetizer, a simple side dish and a quick and easy weeknight dinner idea to celebrate spring with this delicious, tasty veggie. Appetizer: Prosciutto- Wrapped Jalapeño Pepper Sea Salt Asparagus Bottom of Form A spicy blend of all natural sea salt and real jalapeño peppers, our Jalapeño Sea Salt works perfectly as a dry substitute for hot sauce and delivers just the right kicked tucked inside these prosciutto-wrapped asparagus. Ingredients: 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil Bunch of fresh asparagus (16 spears) 16 slices Prosciutto Salt Cellar Jalepeno Pepper Finishing Salt
  • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and coat with olive oil.
  • Sprinkle asparagus with Jalapeño Pepper Finishing Salt
  • Wrap one slice of prosciutto around each asparagus spear, starting at the bottom, and spiraling up to the tip. Place the wrapped spears on the prepared baking sheet.
  • Bake for 5 minutes in the preheated oven. Remove, and shake the pan back and forth to roll the spears over. Return to the oven for another 5 minutes, or until asparagus is tender, and prosciutto is crisp. Serve immediately
Side Dish: Asian-Grilled Asparagus with Szechuan Infused Sea Salt This citrusy, spicy sea salt is made with real Szechuan peppers, which grant a uniquely heated flavor. A commonly used flavoring in Chinese, Tibetan, Nepali, and Indian cuisines, our Szechuan Pepper Salt is perfect with turkey chili, on noodles, and with a variety of meat dishes and is the perfect pairing for our Asian-Grilled asparagus. Ingredients 1 bunch of asparagus trimmed 1 Tablespoon Soy Sauce 1 Tablespoon Sesame Oil Salt Cellar Szechuan Infused Sea Salt
  1. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  2. Grill asparagus on preheated grill until they turn bright green and have grill marks, about 5 minutes per side. Transfer to baking dish.
  3. Whisk soy sauce and sesame oil together in a bowl; pour over cooked asparagus. Marinate in refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with Szechuan Infused Sea Salt and serve
Weeknight Dinner: White Pizza with Asparagus and Cyprus Flake Sea Salt Stark white and pyramid-shaped, our Cyprus Flake Salt is as stunning as it is flavorful. Perfect for use in a salt grinder - or even simply crushed with your fingers - this finishing salt pairs well with every dish needing a subtle kick. We’ve paired it with our white pizza to bring out the natural flavors in this delicious pie. Ingredients:
  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 bunch asparagus, tough ends trimmed
  • Pre-made pizza crust
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • Salt Cellar Cyprus Flake Sea Salt
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F with a rack in the upper third. Place a pizza stone in the oven to preheat.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the ricotta and minced garlic. Set aside.
  3. Place the dough to the hot pizza stone. Spread the ricotta mixture over the dough, leaving a small border around the edges for the crust. Top with the shredded mozzarella and parmesan, and then lay the asparagus spears over the cheese.
  4. Bake the pizza until the crust is deeply brown, the asparagus is tender, and the cheese is browned and bubbly, about 15 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle with Cyprus Flake Sea Salt
  6. Let the pizza cool slightly before slicing. Serve hot.
May 03, 2018

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Taking A Natural Approach To Your Skincare Routine

Whether you keep up with the Kardashian’s or not, you probably couldn’t help but notice eldest sister Kourtney in the news recently. Ms. Kardashian paid a visit to congress with the Environmental Working Group (EWG) in support of legislation sponsored by Senators Dianne Feinstein of California, and Susan Collins of Maine. The legislation introduced the Personal Care Products Safety Act to protect consumers’ health and create uniform safety rules for companies by strengthening the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) authority to regulate the ingredients in personal care products. Safety rules for personal care products have not been updated since 1938. In light of the pending legislation, and our own commitment to all-natural ingredients, we thought it was a great time to take a closer look at our lineup of safe, gentle, and effective skin care products. We’ll look at some of our ingredients and how they work, as well as some ingredients we steer clear of for all of our products. Healthy Living Inside and Out The health benefits of natural foods has never been clearer. If you’ve made a change to a healthier diet, you know how good it can make you feel. Once you’ve committed to a healthier lifestyle with what you put IN your body, it only follows that you also consider what you put ON your body as well. While research is somewhat limited, some studies indicate that approximately 80% of lotions, sunblock, and oil enter our blood stream within 26 seconds. Think about the transdermal nicotine patch and Nitroglycerine patches and you can see the effectiveness of delivering substances through the skin into the body. Where to Begin It can be complicated to scrutinize your entire skincare routine, so a general rule of thumb is to pay closest attention to products used in the following ways:
  1. Anything you soak in such as bath salts or bubble bath
  2. Anything you apply and do not wash off, such as lotion, face and body creams, and oils
  3. Shampoo and conditioner. Even though you wash it off, it often makes its way over your entire body while you’re using it.
Because the natural oils in your skin help keep you moisturized, using a natural cleanser that removes impurities, but doesn't strip your skin of its natural oils is essential. Start with our Mild Exfoliating Facial Cleanser. It is rich in Dead Sea minerals and Vitamin C. It gently cleans, moisturizes, and rejuvenates your skin. It is formulated with Chamomile extract to soften and calm, and the mild exfoliating scrub is effective but not abrasive, and leaves skin looking and feeling radiant. Our Mighty Minerals Explained Dead Sea Salt contains around 20 minerals and trace elements, most of which promote good health within our bodies. These six provide great benefits for healthy skin as well, and are found in our Salt Cellar Bath & Spa Products.
  • Magnesium promotes healing of skin tissue, soothes damaged skin, and protects skin from microbes that cause allergies.
  • Sulfur is a natural disinfectant and detoxifies the body.
  • Calcium promotes cell renewal, enhances hydration, and helps to prevent wrinkles & fine lines.
  • Bromide relieves muscle cramps, calms nerves, and repairs skin cells.
  • Potassium replenishes moisture, reduces puffy skin, and helps to reduce water retention.
  • Sodium relieves stiff & sore muscles, exfoliates dead cells, and detoxifies skin.
All-Over Clean The minerals in Dead Sea salts help relieve symptoms of psoriasis, acne, itching, rashes, bug stings, eczema and other skin conditions. Our Dead Sea Soaps are naturally rich in minerals and trace elements from the Dead Sea. They gently remove dirt and impurities while restoring your skin's natural balance without relying on harsh chemical agents. Black Mud is a good choice for gently drying oily skin, while seaweed is good for oily/combination skin. Sulphur helps with skin issues such as psoriasis, and eczema, and Dead Sea Salt is a good all-around cleanser. Make Way for Moisture Our Body Butters combine Shea Butter, Dead Sea minerals, and natural oils that soften and revitalize your skin. The thick formula moisturizes rough skin and revives its elasticity without clogging pores. Rich in vitamins A and E, it's ideal for treating dry skin, cracked elbows and knees, scars, and dermatitis. Choose from kiwi, mango, lemon, or vanilla for a touch of aroma therapy to go along with your natural skin care routine. Naturally Great for Him and Her! Our all-natural shave cream and after shave combo is ideal for all skin types. Our shave cream is a rich blend of Dead Sea minerals and natural extracts. It delivers a smooth and comfortable shave with a light, clean scent. It’s great for faces and legs alike, so share and enjoy the results together! Our Aftershave Balm soothes razor burn and leaves skin smooth, supple, and well protected. Stay Away! We’ve explained what we use in our products and why. Parabens are a group of ingredients you’ll be glad we DON’T use. Parabens are chemicals which are used to extend the shelf life of cosmetics and other products. Commonly used parabens are methylparaben, ethylparaben, propylparaben and butylparaben. According to an article by by Karen Eisenbraun for livestrong.com, Parabens are known to reduce sperm levels, cause breast cancer, and trigger early puberty. We are proud to say we do not use parabens in any of our products. Wrap It Up! While you make decisions about the food you and your family eat and the products you use every day, it’s nice to know you can take some of the guesswork out of making healthy skin care choices by incorporating Salt Cellar all-natural spa products without sacrificing the results you are looking for.
April 24, 2018

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Wine & Food Pairings: Salt Cellar Edition

When it comes to pairing food and wine, methods range from the most basic to the scientific. Red wine with red meat and white with fish is a simple rule, and leaves the details to personal preference. Francoise Chartier, in his book Taste Buds and Molecules: The Art and Science of Food, Wine, and Flavor, moves the process all the way to the molecular level. Somewhere in-between the two methods, you’ll find a variety of rules and advice for pairing. We’ll take a look at a few here, offer some suggestions from a local wine shop, and share some simple recipes to help you pull it all together. Start With the Basics Wine get its flavor from components such as sugar, acid, fruit, tannin and alcohol. The basic food tastes are sweet, salty, sour, bitter, and savory, also known as umami. Pairing food and wine with similar or contrasting components is key to successful pairing. While there are no hard-and-fast rules for pairing, some rules of thumb help to simplify the process. Have fun and don’t be afraid to try something new. You never know what flavor combinations will please your palette. Ask an Expert We reached out to local wine shop owner, Rick Meyerkopf. Rick and his wife Robin Lurie-Meyerkopf are co-owners of South Street & Vine in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A local shop can take the mystery out of pairing, and help you find the perfect bottle for your next dinner party or quiet dinner for two. Meyerkopf offered pairing suggestions for our recipes below. Black Truffle Salted Steak For our steak dinner, Meyerkopf suggested Tres Picos Garnacha from Spain. It is fermented in both oak and steel and aged in French oak prior to being bottled. “Lots of fruit such as black currant and cherries, big and bold. This selection pairs well with a juicy steak,” says Meyerkopf. We’ve seasoned our steak with Salt Cellar Black Truffle Salt and black pepper. Keeping the ingredients simple allows the natural flavor of the steak and truffle salt to blend to perfection. Ingredients 2 thick cut steaks 2 Tsp Salt Cellar Black Truffle Salt 1 Tsp coarse black pepper 1 Tbsp unsalted butter Instructions
  • Preheat grill to medium high heat. Spray with cooking spray
  • Season the steaks with 1/2 teaspoon of black truffle salt on each steak, then sprinkle black pepper
  • Grill for 3-4 minutes on each side. After steaks are done cooking, top each steak with 1/2 teaspoon of butter and sprinkle with remaining truffle salt
  • Let rest for 5 minutes, slice and serve
Grilled Swordfish with Rosemary Salt A simple pairing rule for acidic food is that if you squeeze a lemon or lime on your food, pair it with a wine that is at least as acidic as the food, or the wine will taste bland. For our fish dinner, Meyerkopf suggested Pine Ridge. “It’s a blend of Chenin Blanc and Viognier from California, dry and crisp, and great with Seafood.” This marinade can be used on any fish that can stand the heat of the grill. Tuna, Salmon, and Snapper also work well. Ingredients: 3 Swordfish Steaks 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil 2 Tbsp. Lemon Juice 2 Tsp. Salt Cellar Rosemary Infused Sea Salt 1/4 Tsp. Black Pepper 1 Heaping Tsp. Minced Garlic 1 tsp. chopped parsley Instructions
  • Heat grill, Spray grill with cooking spray or brush with oil to prevent sticking
  • While grill is heating make marinade.
  • Mix olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary infused sea salt, pepper, garlic and parsley and stir.
  • Place swordfish steaks on grill.
  • Spread half of the marinade on top of the swordfish steaks and grill over hot heat 5-10 minutes.
  • Cover grill.
  • Turn steaks over and brush with remaining marinade.
  • Cover grill again and grill fish another 5-10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork.
Icelandic Arctic Thyme Roasted Chicken Chicken can be paired with either red or white wine, so the flavor of the sauce or other ingredients will determine the best wine. For our roasted our chicken, Rick suggests a Block Nine Pinot Noir. Meyerkopf explained, “Caiden’s Vineyards of California focus on one grape and produce one terrific wine - Pinot Noir. Soft and subtle this wine works really well with all types of chicken dishes.” Ingredients
  • 3 tablespoons Salt Cellar Arctic Thyme Sea Salt
  • 1 12 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Olive Oil
  • 3 pound roaster chicken, rinsed inside and out and patted dry with paper towel
  • 1 whole lemon, pierced several times with a fork
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
Directions
  • Mix the salt and pepper
  • Place the chicken on a rack in a roasting pan
  • drizzle olive oil and rub the mixture all over the skin
  • Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  • Put the whole lemon and garlic cloves inside the cavity of the chicken
  • Roast, basting every 20 minutes or so with any fat and juices accumulating in the pan
  • Chicken should be done in about an hour, but make sure by testing the thigh for a temperature of 170 degrees F.
  • Let the chicken rest for at least 10 minutes before carving
April 13, 2018

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How to Freshen Up Yourself, Your Home, and Your Pallet for Spring

Spring is a time for change and renewal no matter where you live. It’s when we clean, refresh, and get ready for the warmer weather ahead. We’ve put together some tips to help you freshen your body and your home after a long, cold winter. We’ve also included a spring recipe that just might inspire you to try something new in this special season. Spring brings a sense of fresh beginnings, so try some of our simple ideas and celebrate the season!

Rejuvenate Your Body

Start with a good exfoliating salt scrub from our Bath & Spa collection. While moisturizing lotions and body butters help combat dry skin, starting with an exfoliating scrub to slough off dead skin cells first will hasten the process and improve the overall results. Our energizing Lemongrass Salt Scrub is a great way to awaken your skin and start your day. Once the dead cells are gone, your skin will be ready to soak in the moisture of your favorite lotion. Use salt scrub for an at-home pedicure. Soak your feet in a small tub of warm water for a few minutes. Scrub with Kiwi Mango Energizing Salt Scrub, and pat dry. Keep a jar of Peach & Honey Scrub next to your kitchen and bathroom sinks for a quick scrub when you wash your hands. The salt is a natural antibacterial, and leaves your skin much softer than harsh liquid soaps. For the ultimate spring renewal, consider a trip to the Salt Vault in our Portland Maine location. Salt therapy offers a natural approach to wellness for people seeking drug-free relief from asthma, allergies pollution and numerous other conditions that keep them from breathing freely. Salt therapy is also used for relief from psoriasis, eczema and acne, or simply to enjoy the deep relaxation and health achieved during salt room sessions.

Freshen Up Your Home

Small changes can easily freshen up any space. Clear the clutter off of your nightstand or small entryway table. Add a Himalayan salt lamp for an instantly fresh look. Cleaning off the kitchen counters can also pay big dividends for little effort. Toss that tired old wooden cutting board and replace it with a fresh Salt Block. Unlike wooden cutting boards, salt is antimicrobial. It enhances the flavor of your food, adds a stylish touch to your countertop, and can also be used as an impressive display to serve appetizers to your guests at your next spring celebration. If you're stuck in a rut and always buy the same soap, switch it up and try one of our Dead Sea Soaps. They are naturally rich in minerals and trace elements from the Dead Sea. Place a few bars in a basket in your guest bathroom, and create a bed & breakfast atmosphere your guests will love.

Rev Up Your Palate With the Flavors of Spring

Let colorful spring vegetables inspire you with a trip to the local farmer’s market. Try this quick and easy asparagus recipe using any of our gourmet flavored sea salts to get out of the heavy winter food doldrums and into the flavors of spring. We roasted Asparagus and used Arctic Thyme Sea Salt for an earthy-spring flavor. Asparagus are rich in glutathione, which is a detoxifying compound that helps break down carcinogens and other harmful compounds like free radicals. That’s why eating asparagus may help protect against and fight certain forms of cancer, and is a great spring detox vegetable.
  • Roasted Asparagus • Prep time: 6 minutes • Cook time: 12 minutes • Yield: Serves 4
  • Ingredients • 1 lb asparagus spears (thick spears are best for roasting) • 1-2 Tbsp olive oil • 2 cloves garlic, minced • Salt Cellar Arctic Thyme Sea Salt • Freshly grated black pepper • Lemon juice
Preheat your oven to 400°F. Rinse the asparagus spears. If the ends are tough, break them off. Place Asparagus on roasting pan lined with foil. Drizzle with olive oil, pepper, and garlic. Roast in oven for approximately 10 minutes, until the asparagus are just lightly browned and tender when pierced with a fork. Drizzle with lemon juice, and sprinkle with Arctic Thyme Sea Salt or Sea Salt of your choice.
April 13, 2018

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Gift Baskets Your Loved Ones Will Use

It happens every year… You fill Easter baskets for your loved ones with whatever you find at the grocery store; candy, a wind-up chick, nothing they need or want. A few days later where does it end up? You bring the candy to the office and put it on the counter with a sign “Help Yourself” or you stash it in a kitchen drawer and forget about it until Halloween. If this sounds familiar, take a look at these fun and thoughtful basket ideas that are perfect for Easter, spring birthdays, and impressive hostess gifts for the first celebration of spring. Tuck in a gift card and let the recipient be inspired.

Gourmet Style

Create a kitchen-themed basket for the food connoisseur in your life. Start with a Himalayan Salt Block to set the stage for your upscale kitchen theme. Serving and cooking food on a solid Himalayan salt block is a great way to improve the taste of food while providing an impressive presentation. Our blocks are carved from a single salt rock and come in three sizes. Next, tuck in a set of three gourmet sea salts. We’ve taken the guess work out, and combined three great salts like our Taste of Tuscany trio for mushroom lovers. This set includes Trapani, Italian Black Truffle, and Italian White Truffle. Your gourmet chef will have fun creating and trying these exceptional salts on meat, poultry, and even pasta. A pair of Himalayan shot glasses add an impressive, elegant touch. Carved from 100% authentic Himalayan sea salt, these unique shot glasses will be the talk of the party. Add your favorite tequila and let the party begin.

Beginner’s Luck

If your goal is to encourage an aspiring cook, you are on the right track with a salt-themed basket. Begin with a salting cube, a simple way to add great Himalayan salt flavor to pasta water, stew, soup and chili. Simply hold the rope, dip the ‘cube’ into the pot, drag in circle for about 30 seconds. Flash rinse to clean. Fantastic flavor and fun to use! Include a copy of your favorite soup recipe and success is in the next pot. A staple in any well-stocked kitchen is our glass Himalayan Grinder. It looks great on the table and the grinder mechanism is made of rugged ceramic, which keeps salt fresh even in the most humid conditions. It comes pre-filled, and includes an 8oz refill of Himalayan salt, so your budding chef will not have to worry about running out. Top of your gift basket with our ever-popular Southern Comfort salt set. The smoky flavors of Hickory Smoked, Applewood Smoked, and Extra Bold Smoked sea salts make this ideal for even a beginner to earn that blue star rating. Use for rubs, on meat, chicken, fish, and more.

Birthday Bath & Spa Basket

A sweet little basket filled moisturizing spa products is the perfect way to celebrate the spring birthday of someone you love. Ditch the eggs and the candy, and fill a colorful basket with Cellar Spa products such as our Energizing Peach & Honey Salt Scrub All of our scrubs exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells, encourage circulation, and rejuvenate the skin for a fresh, spring glow. Add a jar of our Mango Body Butter. Its combination of Shea Butter, Dead Sea minerals, and natural oils soften and revitalize the skin.It is rich in vitamins A and E, is ideal for treating dry skin, cracked elbows and knees, scars, and dermatitis. For a real spa-like treat, a jar of Salt Cellar Spa Black Mud Body Wrap is just the thing. Ours features the uniquely relaxing and healing powers of black mud from the Dead Sea, and is excellent for cleaning and revitalizing the skin, alleviating tension, and relaxing sore muscles.
June 18, 2017

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Quick and Easy Kale Chips with Sea Salt

Quick and Easy Kale Chips with Sea Salt

Kale chips can be a great snack, appetizer, or side dish. If you’re looking to spice up your ordinary kale recipe, try adding any of our gourmet sea salts! Our favorite sea salts to pair with kale include our Habanero Hot Sea Salt, the Jalapeno Pepper Sea Salt, Lime Citrus Sea Salt and our Roasted Garlic Sea Salt.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch of kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon gourmet sea salt of your choice

Directions:

Chop your kale into desired chip sizes, and place onto the baking sheet. Then, sprinkle with olive oil and some of our finishing salts. Mix it up before placing it into the oven at 350 degrees. Bake until crunchy, sprinkle some more flavored sea salt, serve, and enjoy!

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