A Foundation of Integrity: Over Forty Years of Exceptional Sea Salt
Since our founding in 1976, Celtic Sea Salt has grown into a worldwide brand, recommended for both unique taste and unique health benefits. Our roots remain at the center of our growth. While many claim to be the original, we have had over forty years to perfect our craft, and the resulting products embody our dedication. More Information...
Each of our salts comes from a unique place! Here is a list of our Celtic Sea Salt® salts and their source.
Light Grey Celtic, Fine Ground Celtic, Flower of the Ocean: FRANCE
Celtic Pink Sea Salt, Fossil River: SPAIN
Gourmet Kosher: GUATEMALA
Celtic Kosher Coarse and Fine: COLIMA MEXICO
Makai Pure: HAWAII USA
Rare Body Bath Coarse and Fine: VARIOUS
Here is a list of our salts and their respective harvesting methods:
Light Grey Celtic- Hand harvested using method invented by the Celts who settled this region of France. Seawater at high tide is trapped in estuaries until it evaporates to a brine, in which it is guided by the salt farmer through a series of clay-lined beds until by the end it is crystallizing. The farmer uses wooden rakes to pull the sunken crystals imparted with the grey color from the bed of the harvesting ponds. With little more done than natural draining, the yield is a moist, natural crystal salt with the brine, or “bitterns” still intact.
Fine Ground Celtic- This salt comes from the Light Grey Celtic, just low-temperature dried and crushed for convenience. Great for baking and as a transition salt (looks the closest to regular salt)
Gourmet Kosher- Hand harvested by salt farmers from lined beds where seawater is piped in and allowed to evaporate. As the crystals form they are kept in motion, yielding a beautiful, tiny, delicate crystal.
Makai Pure- Greenhouse harvested salt. The seawater is taken from deep ocean currents where there is higher salinity, which yields a high-mineral salt with beautiful natural chunks and flakes.
Kosher Celtic- Naturally harvested from salt ponds where the seawater is naturally filtered up through the ground. This is the most moist salt we have. Also for its price the highest minerals. Even the fine ground variety is very moist, full of the mineral-rich brine.
Flower of the Ocean- This is the “cream of the crop” of salts. By skimming the crystals off of the surface of the brine, only the most delicate crystals are caught before they sink to become the Light Grey Celtic salt. Flower of the Ocean is a culinary treasure, known as a “finishing salt” or an “expediting salt” to be pinched on food right before serving. No need for a grinder with this salt, as the crystals are easily crushed between the fingers.
Unrefined salts like ours have no more than trace amounts of Iodine, not enough to satisfy your daily recommended amount. Try our Gourmet Seaweed Seasoning for a great tasting seasoning that includes natural Iodine! Here are more of our Iodine options Celtic Sea Salt Iodine.
We strive to ensure that the salt you get from us is just salt as Mother Nature intended. Our producers test at the source and we do annual 3rd party testing. We test for pollutants like mercury, lead, and aluminum. We also test for radiation, petroleum, and micro-plastics.
Unrefined sea salt like our Celtic Sea Salt® brand salts are not as easy to use as refined salt. Unrefined sea salt includes water-loving minerals that take moisture out of the air and can clump and cake. Refined salt often has anti-caking agents which prevent the attraction of moisture. The extra work needed to make unrefined salt handy at the table is well worth the effort if you know what to do.
We have always been on the hunt for the best grinders and shakers to suit our unrefined Celtic Sea Salt® salts. There is a certain thing to avoid with moist salts. That certain thing is metal, and can corrode when they contact each other. Commonly salt and pepper shakers have a metal lid. Grinders usually have metal parts. One could add rice to their table salt to help it to stay free flowing. With our salts you can not add rice. It will not help one bit. The salt is relentless in its capacity to keep pulling moisture from the air even after the rice has started helping. There must be benefits to the water-loving nature of natural salt, and it can't be good if there are chemicals in there to prevent its natural effect. Moist, natural crystal sea salt has benefits but will not be free flowing like table salt. The moisture is a mineral-rich brine called the "bitterns" or "mother liquor" of the salt.
Each of our salts are unique in their moisture content and crystal size. For the coarse varieties we have found that the best grinders are the ceramic and plastic grinders. For the ground varieties the shaker jar is either all plastic or has a glass container and plastic shaker lid with a cover. Grinders with metal parts inside can corrode and seize up the grinder, and shaker jars with metal lids and holes can also corrode in the threads. Nobody wants rust in their salt or food!
The market is full of attractive salt and pepper shaker and grinder sets, but since they don't work with our salt we can't have as many choices. The original salt accessory is the salt box or pinch dish, and would commonly have one per place setting at the table. Each would have their own little salt container. The salt would be pinched with the fingers or scooped with a little spoon. With the advent of shaker and grinder sets the whole family can share one set.
Even with the right shaker or grinder, there can still be excess clumping and moisture build up with the salt. Here are some ways to bring back the functionality of your salt.
1. Freezer method. The freezer is a dehumidifier, and placing your salt in the freezer overnight with the lid off can help to reduce moisture.
2. Oven method. Preheat oven to 200 degrees and turn it off. Place salt on a plate or oven save container (not metal) and set in oven for a few hours until it gets back to room temperature. It should be drier and easier to grind/shake from there.
3. Cleaning the top is something to consider as well. Soak in hot water for 5 minutes and rinse. Dry well and replace. You can also clean out the grinder gears with a toothpick.
4. Make sure when grinding that you only turn in one direction, like screwing on a lid when upside down. These grinders are not designed to go both ways.
Here are links to our shaker/grinder options:
We are still on the lookout for amazing salt containers. Let us know if you find one!