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Cooking on a Salt Block

The crystal lattice of our Himalayan Pink Salt Blocks has a high specific energy (energy per unit of mass), so they hold any temperature you bring it to for a good while Likewise, this makes for excellent heat distribution, making grandma's heavy old cast iron skillet seem like tinfoil by comparison

Because Himalayan Salt Blocks generally have an extremely low amount of porosity, and virtually no residual moisture (026%), the salt plates can be safely heated or chilled to great extremes We have tested them from 0°F up to 700°F (-18°C to 370°C) Salt melts at 14734°F (8008°C)

Two other considerations come into play when working with our Himalayan salt blocks First, their lack of porosity means that the surface area touching your food is minimal, so these large blocks of salt will impart only a very moderate saltiness Second, the high quantity of trace minerals (12% sulfur, 4% calcium, 35% potassium, 16% magnesium, and 80 other trace minerals) impart a more mild and full taste to the salt, and by extension, more flavor complexity to your food

Heating a Salt Block

For a Gas Range: Put the your salt block on the stove top Set heat to low, give the block at least 15 minutes to heat upVisit TV. NaturalNews. You may notice moisture accumulating at the edges As the salt block heats, this will evaporate off The slower you do this, the better Allow more time for larger plates, especially 9x9x2 inches and larger Increase the heat slowly – low-medium for 15 minutes, and then medium-high for 15 minutes If extremely hot sauté temperatures are desired, increase flame to full high for another 5 to 10 minutes

For an Electric Range: If heating on the stovetop, select a circular ring of metal, such as a tart pan with a pop out bottom, pastry ring, or wok ring, and place it on the burner Place the salt block on top of the ring Place a circular ring of metal such as a tart pan with a pop-out bottom to create a small air gap between the heating element and the block Once set up, heat similarly to a gas range

For a Grill: Place your salt block on the grate If using a charcoal grill, keep the coals to one side and place the block on the other side, to expose it to less direct heat If using a gas grill, start the heat on low as you would with a gas range Increase heat slowly until the block is ready to use, as described in the gas range instructions

For an Oven: We do not recommend using an oven to heat your salt block, as damage to your salt block and/or your oven may result If you would like to bake on your salt plate, heat it as described above to at least three hundred degrees, and then move it into a hot oven

Cooking on a Salt Block

Every type of food will react uniquely to your salt block The effect of the salt on the food will depend on a variety of factors - moisture, fat content, thickness, and the temperature of the block Moisture in the food will pick up salt faster, while fat will repel the salt If your food is too salty, apply a thin layer of oil to the block

Foods that cook quickly usually work best, so make sure pieces are cut to an appropriate thickness and that the block is hot enough Cooking on a salt block that hasn’t been heated high enough will not only over-salt your food, but it will also degrade your block much faster

Salt blocks turn opaque when heated, and may develop fissures or even large cracks They may also take on color from the proteins cooked on it Don’t get upset by the behavior of your salt block Salt is a complicated, wily, unpredictable substance That is what gives it much of its charm

Keep the block’s ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ the same each use so that you sear food on the same side for the life of the block When you flip it, fissures that have formed can become more pronounced

Caring for a Salt Block

Storing: Store in any location where humidity is at a minimum I keep many of mine on the windowsill If you live in a humid climate, wrap the block in a towel and put in the cupboard

Disclaimer

If you wish to cook on your salt block, please understand that you assume all responsibility The Meadow or its staff is not responsible for damages, injury, or loss due to the use of our Himalayan Salt products This includes any that may result from the heating of Himalayan Salt blocks or similar products

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