One of the most common questions our customer service team fields is “How is Real Salt processed?” And we gotta say, we’re really glad you asked. You see, when we named our salt Real Salt we weren’t taking artistic license or employing some masterful spin, we were calling a spade a spade. Real Salt is as real as it gets: unrefined, unprocessed, nothing added, nothing removed. Sourced from a protected ancient seabed in a rural area of central Utah, Real Salt formed before modern pollutants were introduced into the environment. As the only owners of the mine since it opened in 1958, we have maintained strict standards to ensure the continued purity of Real Salt and are committed to doing so in the future. To learn more about our practices, read this.
Bringing it to you starts with the salt being removed from the walls of the mine with a stainless steel hydraulic rotary tool—no explosives necessary. (When you’re in the mine while this is happening, the air is so thick with pure salt you can taste it on your lips and feel your sinuses clear.) If you walked into the food-grade veins of the mine and picked up a crystal, you could take it home, pop it into your fancy blender, and crush it into the same stuff you’ll find in our packages; it’s that unadulterated. You could even take a hammer to it if you were feeling particularly primitive. You’re probably a little too busy to crush your own salt, though, so we handle that for you.
Once the salt has been removed from the wall, it goes into a lined food-grade truck and up to mill equipment used solely for our Real Salt. After all, we know you probably don’t want the stuff you use on your eggs in the morning to be produced alongside deicing salt. The Real Salt mill is made of stainless steel and entirely enclosed, ensuring food safety and protecting the salt from contamination from the air and surrounding environment. A dedicated facility ensures safety for customers who have concerns about food allergies, too. As an extra precaution, we also use a series of magnets and metal detectors to avoid any potential metal contamination from the mining, milling, or packaging process.
The milling process consists of two steps: crushing and screening. First, the large salt crystals are crushed into smaller bits, much like grain in a flour mill. Next they are passed through a series of screens to separate them out by size. Anything that is bigger than our largest Real Salt product (the coarse grind) goes back through the crusher until it makes it through the screen. After that, it’s taken to a facility that exclusively packages Real Salt, so you know you’ll never get anything else in your shaker.
Are you wondering when the anti-caking agents or other additives come into play? They don’t. We never add anything to our salt, and we don’t take anything out of it. We believe in this instance, nature got it right. Without the anticaking agents, Real Salt will occasionally clump a little bit—especially in more humid climates—but that can easily be remedied by giving a gentle tap to the shaker. Because this is more likely to happen with finely ground salt, you can avoid this altogether by choosing a coarse salt in a shaker with an attached grinder, like this one.
No additives? No heat? No mineral-stripping? Like we said, Real Salt is just that: real, pure, unrefined salt, from our mine to your table.