I've Been Making Maine Sea Salt Since 1998. I Was Unemployed And Loved Food, We Wanted To Start A Maine Business, And Make Something. One Day I Was In A Health Food Store, And Saw Sea Salt On The Shelf. Thats When The Lights Came On.
Maine Sea Salt was founded in 1998. by Steve and Sharon Cook, Sharon is from Van Buren, Maine, and Steve, is from Bailey Island, Maine. We love food and cooking and you can't even begin without sea salt.
Opening Maine Sea Salt was a natural, but not as easy as you would think. Our first product, was a 1 oz portion for cooking lobsters. The Packaging, was a hand made envelope with the salt inside and directions on the back. I took the "Maine Sea Salt for Cooking Lobster" to the area fish markets to sell. The reaction was, "are you crazy?" I begged them to try it, free, give it a couple days. It wasn't long before they started calling and asked for more. That's when I knew it would succeed.
Maine Sea Salt is now located in Down East Maine in the town of Marshfield, next door to Machias, Maine. The salt works has grown, and Maine Sea Salt is sold thru out the United States, in Health food stores, Specialty food shops, and high end restaurants. Our packaging has grown also, Maine Sea Salt is offered in refillable grinders, a fancy gift jar for special occasions, and recloseable plastic bags for the consumer who wants less packaging and more value.
The Sea Water Comes From Buck's Harbor Via Tanker Truck.
The sea water is pumped into the first set of houses for two reasons: 1. allow anything in the water to settle out, and to reduce the sea water to 50%. 2. this method is repeated and the water filtered and reduced to 70% in another set of Green Houses. The water is finally pumped to the salt houses for making salt. Here the pool completly evaporates leaving behind the sea salt.
The Maine Sea Salt is put in piles. Than placed in bins to further drain. Maine Sea Salt is than taken to the production area where it is ground. The salt when ground releases more moisture from the crystals, we layer the damp salt between linen towels to finally remove any remaining moisture. The salt is never heated, for example: in a kiln, nor is it washed. Maine Sea Salt is then sifted, to seperate various, crystal sizes, for packaging.
We do not add drying agents to the salt, it is kept in it's simplest natural state. We have seasoned salt, made only with the best ingredients. Our smoked salt is smoked with a real wood fire in small batches. We guarantee Maine Sea Salt 100%.
Maine Sea Salt is Evaporated in Shallow Pools In Green Houses.
The Green Houses are solar panels in effect,evaporating the sea water using the sun for the heat source. Salt production is seasonal, during the summer monthes the sun directly warms the pools. The pools are kept shallow, too deep a pool will not heat quickly enough in a day's cycle. The sun and it's position in the sky determine our season and like farmers the weather is very important.
Maine Sea Salt Company offers free tours from April thru October, We tell our story and show how we make Maine Sea Salt. The tour is informative and our show room offers samples and you may purchase.
Sea Salts Seasoned By The Sun