FAQs

How is your salt made?

We gather sea water from clean waters and let it settle. Then we decant and filter the sea water down to the sub-micron level. After that, we put it in evaporation beds and let the sun and wind the most of the rest of the work in removing the water and leaving us with pure sea salt. We also have a winter process - it is also the one thing that sets us apart from every other salt maker (that we know of). We use a process called "fractional freezing" - what this means is that we utilize the same naturally occurring processing of sea-ice formation to remove water without heating it - we simply freeze the sea water and harvest the salty brine that never freezes, and then solar evaporate it.

What is a finishing salt?

A finishing salt is what you put on prepared food. It is not intended for baking or pasta water. Sprinkling just a little salt on a finished dish goes a long way - the slight crunch releases a burst of flavor that continues through the experience to the end.

Why do you have three different 'white' sea salts?

Short answer - taste. All three of our white sea salts have slightly different taste profiles. Why is this? Because in Alaska, we have a lot of coastline - in fact, Alaska's coastline is longer than the rest of the lower 48 put together. As a result, there are many differences in how these various bodies of water work with the environment around them. We have massive tidal differences (20-34 feet), glaciers feeding into the sea waters and sea ice in the winters. These factors all affect the taste and experience of our sea salt.

Is sea salt organic?

No, it can't be - salt is mineral. But it is all-natural. We simply harvest and process it - never removing anything from it (like trace minerals) and never adding to it (like anti-clumping agents) - and offer sea salt in its natural state.

Does sea salt have iodine in it?

The oceans naturally contain iodine, but in such trace amounts as sea salt wouldn't be a good source of iodine for dietary concerns. Better sources of naturally-occurring concentrated iodine would be seaweed, salmon, tuna, lobster and shrimp. If you cannot find it naturally, you may want to look at supplements or table salt - one teaspoon of iodized table salt (which is slightly more than the recommended amount of daily salt consumption for adults) contains more iodine than most adults need in a day.

What's the difference between table salt and sea salt?

Essentially, taste. The coarseness, size, minerals and water content all contribute to how they are different. Table salt consists of unnatural shapes (in nature, there is no such thing as a 'grain of salt'), added iodine and added chemicals for anti-clumping.