Today’s spice is Applewood Smoked Sea Salt. “What? Salt’s not a spice, ” you say. Yes, in the culinary world, salt is considered a spice even though it is so common place. Salt is a great flavor enhancer and food preservative.
Anyway, back to Applewood Smoked Sea Salt. Now, this salt is not made by adding smoked flavoring to salt….it’s salt that is actually smoked. Yup! What you have is a salt that has actually been smoked in a fire using sweet applewood as fuel. This salt is amazing. Oh, and a fun fact, the first Applewood Smoked Sea Salt was made in the Pacific Northwest of the US!
Unlike hickory smoked salt, applewood smoked salt is fruitier and a bit more delicate making it a great addition to fish, shellfish and chicken along with red meats. It’s also great to use when curing meats like bacon. Also, I find that using Applewood Smoked Sea Salt when cooking steaks inside infuses a delicate smoked flavor….kind of brings the outdoor grilling experience indoors. So, whenever you want to add a nice smokey touch to your recipes, just reach for some Applewood Smoked Sea Salt…you’ll LOVE it!
Stop back next week to learn about black peppercorns.