As a workaround, most salt companies
add “anti-caking agents” ; a tame euphemism for sodium ferrocyanide, sodium
silicoaluminate, tricalcium phosphate, and
other chemical additives that aim to keep
their packaged salt dry, yet still seem to
work against the clean-label pedigree and
spirit that many natural food manufactures
try to achieve and convey.
Take a few seconds to review the contents of your ingredient salt. Do they include any chemicals? If so, it might be time
to switch to a more clean-label, all-natural
Sea salts can contain traces of sand, shells,
rocks, and other insolubles that require
some processing to remove. Still, where
your sea salts are sourced makes a
If you want to use the highest quality
and safest ingredient salt possible, it makes
sense to choose a sea salt that is crystallized from the world’s cleanest oceans.
If a salt supplier wants to show o; the clean,
safe, and pure qualities of their ingredient
salts, why would they pack their products
in opaque polyethylene bags, cardboard
containers, or ;brous paper sacks?
Such packaging makes visual inspection nearly impossible. Additionally some
of the materials used to create the packaging, including paper, glue, or string can end
contaminating the salt.
When packaged in clear containers
Quality isn’t just an issue of aesthetics. Dirty sea salts are a serious concern for food manufacturers and processors facing increasing scrutiny from third-party auditors who monitor food safety, as
well as consumers who expect high-quality ingredients in
If you are a manufacturer or a processor in the food
industry, ask yourself this: What is in my sea salt, and how
can I make sure it is of the highest quality?
One way to answer those questions is by performing a
simple and inexpensive test ; the results of which might
Grab a sample of your current ingredient sea salt and
pour the contents onto a ;at surface.
What do you see?
You might be startled to ;nd a lot of things other than
the pristine, all-natural, snowy-white salt listed on the
Look closely, and things such as rocks, rubber, sand,
seaweed, shells, sticks, plastic, and even hair may be revealed. What’s more, the color of your sea salt ; stained,
bruised, rheumy, and sepia-toned ; might appear odd
With this in mind, here are three simple things you
should know about your ingredient salt.
By its very nature, salt is a thirsty compound. Its
hygroscopic profile means that, if not packaged or
stored properly, salt will absorb and retain moisture
from the air, causing it to stubbornly clump, harden,
or turn sticky.
SALT SAFETY INSIGHTS
What’s In Your
Ingredient Sea Salt?
If it’s more than just salt, should you be concerned?
CHECK THE LABEL — Undesirable anti-caking agents
are often used to combat clumping.