How We Make Maine Sea Salt: Your Questions Answered.
The Best Natural Sea Salt, Solar Evaporated, Not Processed, No Additives, Hand-Harvested. Fresh Atlantic Sea Salt!
What is the Description of Each Grade?
Fine: Maine Sea Salt is sifted to a uniform size crystal, our smallest, still feels granular, but is too large for most fine salt shakers. Fine Maine Sea Salt, is small enough in granular to dissolve in soups and brines quickly. Not usually used as a finishing salt. Kosher Certified.
Coarse: My coarse salt is irregular in size, feels crunchy to the touch, the right size to use by the pinch, and to use as a finishing salt. Use by the pinch, good for cooking, or use at the table. Not fine enough or dry enough for a salt shaker, not suitable for a salt grinder or salt mill. This is my favorite grind. Kosher Certified.
Crystals: Maine Sea Salt, medium size crystals are more uniform in size, the size of a grape seed or little larger, my choice for refilling a grinder. Kosher Certified.
How does the Solar Salt House Evaporate Sea Water?
The Solar Green Houses are mostly closed, not allowing the humidity to escape. The Solar Green Houses are solar stills. During the day the interior temperature of the green houses rise and on many days reach a temperature of 140 degrees, causing the pool to evaporate. The humidity does not escape until evening, cooling the sides of the GN, this causing the interior dense air to condense on the wall of the green house. Once condensed, the water runs down the GH sides and out of the house. This daily heating and cooling evaporates the pool, until a salinity of 70% is reached. The saline water is then moved to the finishing green house. Making Maine Sea Salt is seasonal, only during the warmer months do we make Maine Sea Salt. The Summer Solstice is the longest day of the year.
Where does the Sea Water come from?
We are not located directly on the ocean unfortunately. We contract a water hauler, a stainless steel tanker that holds 7,000 gallon of sea water. The Sea Water is pumped from the bay, and trucked the 10 miles to the salt works, and pumped into the green houses.
How is the Sea Water Cleaned?
There is a three step process in removing anything that is pumped in from the bay. The Pools are shallow and have a surface area that is not disturbed, causing anything in the sea water to sink too the bottom of the pool. This settling leaves anything, like, seaweed, sand, sediment behind, the pool is moved to a second house repeating the transfer and settling step, then finally filtered into the finishing house for evaporation to make salt.
What is the Sea Water Pool Lined With, How is the Sea Water Confined?
The sea water containment pool is supported by a high grade black plastic material, that is normally used for ponds, potable holding tanks, raceways and other aquaculture facilities where safety for food contact is a concern. The material is 20 ml thick; is UV resistant, and is the ideal material for solar applications like evaporating ocean water for salt .
Do You Test the Salt for Heavy Metals?
Yes we do test for concentrations of heavy metals, Mercury, Lead, Arsenic and the tests support low levels, or normal amounts found in food. The Analysis is available on request. With that said, Maine Sea Salt supports our oceans and work to protect from pollution, which continues to be a growing concern along with Global Warming. In edition, the salt harvests are recorded and kept for tracking, the lot number looks like, 0730192, 07 is July, 30 is the day, 19 is the year, and 2 or 1 is the solar house harvested from. Each Maine Sea Salt item also has a Best Buy Date for freshness of any Organic ingredient in the salt. Sea Salt is a mineral and does not expire.
How is the Sea Salt Harvested.
Once the dense saline sea water is moved to the finishing houses, the pools are left to evaporate leaving salt. Early in the morning, when the GH are cool we enter and shovel the salt into piles to drain. We then carry the salt out, using five gallons plastic buckets and put in another holding container to drain more.
Is Maine Sea Salt Natural, and Organic?
Maine Sea Salt is Natural, is solar evaporated. The sea salt is not washed, is not heated or dried in a oven or kiln, does not have anti-caking agents or whitening chemicals. Salt or Maine Sea Salt is not deemed Organic, by the FDA or any regulating body. Salt can be named Organic if the ingredients are organic. Example: Garlic Salt, Herbs and Salt, Pepper salt.
Is Maine Sea Salt Kosher?
Yes Maine Sea Salt is Certified Kosher by Vaad HaKashrus of Eastern Canada and Maine, Cert.# KP-133. Most of our products do not carry the Kosher symbol. As we reprint labels for Kosher items, the Kosher symbol will be placed on them. If you would like a copy of the Kosher certification, email me from the contact page.
How are your Seasonings and Smoked Salts Made?
My Seasoning salts are made following a recipe I have made and decided upon after many tries to get them right. In the beginning of the company we had to make the decision that our seasonings would be based on Maine Sea Salt. I am beginning to introduce salt shakers with recipes based on more seasoning and less salt. The shakers and seasoning are intended for everyday use.
The Smoked salts are smoked over a real wood fire making it the smoke flavor from the wood. The different woods I use are: Apple, Hickory, Maple and Mesquite. The smoking of the salt can take 8-24 hours of smoking, depending on weather conditions. The Smoked flavors are the real deal, and can be used to give a mild smoked flavor to any dish when seasoned or marinated.
Where can I Buy Maine Sea Salt?
You can buy Maine Sea Salt on this website, maineseasalt.com or in stores. To locate a store, click on the Store Locator button. Enter your zip code or address, and the Store locator will list the stores carrying Maine Sea Salt near you. Also we conduct tours in the summer, June through September 9am to 4pm, Monday through Fridays, weekends by chance. At the end of the fun and entertaining tour, we have salt tasting and Maine Sea Salt to purchase!
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