Do you know about this?
Fred Meyer is now stocking a selection of sea salts, at their olive bar. The above container of sel gris, (half of which I've used already), cost me a whopping $2.70. For roughly a third of a cup. (The weight got ripped off the sticker, so I've no idea the exact amount.) How cheap, and how very cheerful, is that?
Among other varieties, I noticed a Hawaiian Pink, a Hawaiian Black, fleur de sel, and of course the sel gris. I don't know about you folks, but that makes me all sorts of stoked.
Sel gris is grey salt, aka Celtic sea salt, and is typically harvested in France. It's a lovely, rather moist salt, with a much more complex flavor than regular table salt. And it's usually a hell of a lot more expensive. (Which does beg the question: How is Freddie's able to sell it so cheaply? Hm.) I love sprinkling this stuff over a buttered baguette, perhaps with some thinly sliced radishes. Or over some tasty homemade ricotta, atop a slice of bread. Oh, heavenly.
Using just a bit of what tends to be thought of as a luxury food really makes a difference in a meal, don't you think? Whether it's a sprinkle of a gourmet salt, a grating of fine cheese, or a glass of good wine...it makes the meal special. And why not? Every meal can be special, if we just take a wee bit of time to make it so. So much the better when we find a good deal, that doesn't break the bank.
And I do love salt.
Have a well-seasoned day, my friends.