Have Fun in the Kitchen with a Himalayan Salt Block

Enjoy a culinary experience like no other! Salthouse & Peppermongers specialise in making products from Himalayan salt rock, which are used in the kitchen to create melt in the mouth flavours. Read on to learn more about this delightful range!

Salt is the world’s oldest form of seasoning, but why is it so important in food? Great question! The marriage of salt and food enhances the flavour by allowing the food to release molecules into the air this boosts the aroma of the food and how we experience the taste! Since its discovery, it has been identified that salt rock has a high mineral content, with it being rich in calcium, sodium, and iron.

Golden Rules

  • Always heat the block up slowly
  • Cooler block = Saltier result
  • Longer on the block = Saltier Result
  • Wetter food = Saltier result

What can they do?

The possibilities are endless! Thanks to its excellent heat distribution, the Himalayan salt block will transform your cooking as it reduces cooking, freezing and chilling time, whilst adding a whole new dimension of flavour. If you are looking to use it just for presentation, you will not be disappointed with the beautiful thinner cuts that are translucent…  a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach!

Cooking

From crispy pizza to succulent grilled chicken, get ready to taste like you have never tasted before. The block will not keep its natural good looks when cooking with it, as it becomes scorched, but you will find its beauty transferred into your food! Thicker cuts that are less veined are better for cooking with.

Chilling & Freezing

As the salt block reduces cooking, chilling and freezing time, it makes the whole preparation of your food so much easier, not to mention it can be a miracle for when you need to stick something in the fridge at last minute! If you want your food less salty then limit the amount of time it spends on the block (especially with wetter foods) by serving immediately or placing the food on a bed of salad leaves etc. to shield the food from the block it’s laying on. Sticking a block in the freezer for a few hours can also lead to some interesting and impressive results, it’s a fantastic tool to experiment with!

Curing

Sandwiching fish, meats or vegetables between two salt blocks (or a block and a hard place) and left in a cool room or fridge is the method Salthouse & Peppermongers recommend for making the perfect mouth-watering gravlax – salmon is their go-to!

Other health benefits

One of the main health benefits is that there is no need for oils and fats when cooking with a salt block! Himalayan salt blocks have a lower sodium content as compared to regular table salt, but there’s enough in there to maintain the body’s essential pH, so it’s an amazing way to maintain your electrolyte balance. The salts anti-bacterial properties will also cleanse your food whilst seasoning!

Is your tummy rumbling yet? Head to www.hochanda.com to learn more and get your own Himalayan salt block! Or looking for more cooking inspirations? Check out our ‘Delicious Recipes to Make at Home with bamix®‘ blog!

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