Jody's revival of the Himalayan salt thread reminded me that I'd been meaning to post this product recommendation. I receive a lot of finishing salts as gifts, and most are decent enough as just salt but few really deliver as much as you'd hope based on whatever it claims to be. So much so that I'd given up being excited when I found a new salt underneath the wrapper--sometimes it's a 'no' just because it has the texture of driveway gravel and has to get mortar'd and pestle'd to be usable, but most of the time the flavor doesn't live up to the billing either. And so I had to feign excitement when I opened this one last Christmas, a gift from my well-meaning husband who doesn't realize, I don't think, how many salts I've got languishing around here.
Enter this black muscat salt from La Tienda. What a game changer. I *love*
this stuff, and am constantly sprinkling it on and around things, in particular composed salads where the contrast against with other ingredients and a white plate adds some visual excitement and where the lightly sweet and tangy flavor is really going to pop every bite you drag through it. It's attributes, as listed on the site, are completely accurate to the jar I own--in particular the unusual "light and fluffy" part. I use it often enough to consider it a pantry staple like Maldon salt--and I'm considering buying another jar now just in case they stop carrying it. I've used half a jar in just four months.
Here's the La Tienda website:http://www.tienda.com/food/products/sp-39.html?gclid=CKLfkKnHgb4CFdKGfgodzkYA
And here, just to show an example of how great it looks on the plate, is a photo of the confit of halibut with fresh asparagus salad I used it on a few days ago.