Hand harvested from salt beds along the famous “Salt Road” in Sicily, Trapani Sea Salt is pure, clean sea salt from the rich waters of the Mediterranean. This artisanal salt offers the crunchy texture, small, irregular grain sizes and moderate moisture of hand-harvested sea salt—an ideal finishing salt. Trapani also has the mild flavor characteristics of Mediterranean Sea salts, making it exceptionally versatile but with a texture that makes it undeniably gourmet. Solar evaporated by the sun & wind, Trapani Sea Salt is an unrefined, additive-free, completely natural salt that is at home in authentic Italian food, but also adaptable enough to work in any cuisine. Perfect in baking, spice rubs, herb blends and pasta for a crowd, Trapani Sea Salt is good in a pinch, but even better by the handful.
Each spring, the salt pans are filled with seawater, which is left to evaporate in the heat of the Sicilian summer sun and strong African winds. As the water evaporates and the salt starts to crystallize, the fiore del sale are the young salt crystals that form on the top. The salt is completely unrefined and untreated, unlike industrial salt, which is harvested by machines that pollute the salt; it then must be washed and stripped of its natural minerals, which are re-added with chemicals.
The (undeniable) best time of the year has arrived – the holidays! It’s time for stomachs to be filled with warm, comforting food, with loved ones close by. Here’s a short and sweet list of winter cooking spices to incorporate into this years holiday favorites:
Try it in Thanksgiving specialties, like in cranberry sauce (to give it that extra ‘wow’ factor), or even in seasoning for various meats, such as lamb chops.
Experiment with nutmeg by grating some of it into your homemade Gingerbread loaf and topping the loaf off with a sweet and creamy orange glaze.
This is a unique spice which can truly be used all year round! In addition to a classic gingersnap cookie recipe, try incorporating ginger into a carrot soup to construct a new element.
Cloves are perfect additions in curries, soups and rice dishes, as well as in meat marinade. Try adding ground cloves to your coffee cake for a unique twist!
Infusing warm milk with a dash of ground cardamom and a drizzle of honey on top makes the perfect drink for a cold, rainy winter night.
Take a look at the dishes you commonly prepare, and see where you can add a twist by including any of these seasonal spices!
There are plenty of sayings and idioms that have solidified their spot in our language, but people often find that the phrase “worth one’s salt” or “worth your weight in salt” has an elusive meaning.
This saying actually dates back to ancient times when many roads and trade routes were developed by a market known as the salt trade. The salt trade was just what it sounds, a period in time before salt deposits were found to be readily available around the world, so merchants would travel far and wide selling salt to villages.
However, this salt wasn’t being carried such long distances just for because it was a tasty addition to just about every dish. Back then, salt was mainly used as a means for preservation, and it actually represented great power and value.
Without salt, armies wouldn’t be able to carry their rations for such long distances and explorers wouldn’t have been able to sail to new lands.
Salt really enabled society to expand. And, during those times when extraction methods were particularly tricky, salt was considered even more valuable. So, to say that someone is “worth one’s salt,” it’s a statement that acknowledges that they are competent, deserving, and–to put it simply–worthwhile. If a boss were to say it to an employee, it would be meant as a compliment, confirming that the employee is a valuable part of the team and they deserve their salary.
In fact, the phrase itself is thought to be rooted in Ancient Rome where soldiers were sometimes paid with salt or given an allowance to purchase salt. Similarly, if a person uses the phrase “worth its weight in salt,” to describe an object, they are expressing that they think the item is worth the price they paid or that it otherwise holds immense value to them.