What is the difference between rock salt and sea salt? Which salts for my mill?
What is the difference between rock salt and sea salt? Which salts for my mill?
Posted by      05/20/2022     Articles by Max Daumin

There are two types of salts in the world: sea salts and gem salts or rock salts. Gem referring to gemology, studying stones. Unlike the peppers, the salts are therefore of mineral origin.

sea salt: a sea salt simply comes from the sea. We use saltworks in which sea water will stagnate for several days in eyelets. A carnation being these small rectangular surfaces, these basins where seawater is located. By the effect of the sun and the wind, sea water evaporates giving way to salt which has not evaporated. We thus harvest two types of marine salts: fleur de sel and coarse salt. The fleur de sel is the thin layer of white crystals formed on the surface of the eyelets. It is a damp salt intended for sprinkling. Coarse salt is the salt remaining by total evaporation of seawater. These two salts being humid are not suitable for your salt mill.

gem salt: a gem salt is extracted in the rock. It is exploited in mines dug in rock or open. This salt is actually a layer of rock that is mechanically extracted. The origin of this salt is more distant, generally a few hundred million years old. This salt was formed when the sea withdrew and left a layer of salt by evaporation. The time doing, this layer of salt has remained either on the surface (open gem salt mines) or it is buried under other layers of rocks and sediments. Since this salt formed millions of years ago it has the advantage of being free from any possible pollution. It’s a pure salt. Sometimes chemical compounds color this salt: we think of the sylvinite which gives this blue color to the blue salt of Persia or the o² of iron which tints the pink salt of the Himalayas. These salts (moreover like the natural marine salts) do not contain iodine. But they contain all kinds of olig-elements (iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, calcium, manganese, etc.).

Sometimes pay attention to virtuous allegations, you should eat pounds a day to be able to benefit from so-called virtues! Indeed at this level of consumption of daily salt, you will not last long

What salt for my mill?

Gemal salt is the salt you need for your mill. It is naturally dry and is perfectly suitable for all salt mill wheels. Whatever the steel or ceramic mechanism. This rock salt will be crushed exactly the same way as your pepper grains in your pepper.

Finally, always prefer a quality mill, it will last over time. Two French brands offer robust mills: from Buyer and Peugeot. You will find on our site both sails s, gems salts and Buyer mills (made in the Vosges with wood local beech)

Max Daumin

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