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Old 07-10-2005, 09:14 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Fleur De Sel

I went to Penzys over the weekend and treated myself to a container of Fleur De Sel. I have never used this before and have been dying to try it for quite a while. I am thinking of sprinkling a little on a steak (after cooking of course). Do you think this is a good use or will the subtle flavor of the salt be lost using it this way? What type of things have you used this salt on?

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Old 07-10-2005, 09:35 PM   #2
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Oh, Penzey's! I've been buying all my spices from them for years. There are no stores real near here - when I get to one, I have a big list & usually drop $100 plus! I keep a lot of my spices in the freezer & refill my jars when they get low. Penzey's is so much better - and cheaper - than supermarket stuff.
I believe that the Fleur De Sel is known as a "finishing salt" so it would be perfect for cooked steak - or anything else that is ready to eat. Not the best salt to use during the cooking process - probably because of the cost, for one thing.

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Old 07-10-2005, 09:53 PM   #3
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Welcome to the site Corrine!

Yes Penzys is a wonderful place. I have dropped quite a bit of $$$ there, but it has always been well worth it. They just opened a store near me (about an hour away, but close to my in laws) so I have made a few trips there.

Yes Fleur De Sel is a finishing salt, but I don't think you would want to use it on just anything. The flavor is very delicate and subtle and could get lost in a lot of things. For instance, I do not think I would sprinkle it on the chili I just made as there are too many other flavors that the salt would have to compete with. It is a very expensive salt so I would want to make sure to only use it when it will make a noticeable difference. Have you tried it before? What have been your experiences with it?
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GB:

The Penzey's store is a great spot, isn't it! You could go crazy and drop a bundle in a heartbeat! Much more dangerous than the website.

Let us know how the Fleur de Sel tastes.
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Yeah it really is a great spot Andy. The people who work there are so nice too. You can tell they love being there. I bought some Smoked Spanish Paprika this time around and when she was ringing me up she shot me this look. The look could only mean one thing, that I had just found gold. That look was right. It is one of the best things I have bought there by far. It has a wonderful smoky flavor that is just amazing.

I have tasted the salt (of course) just plain as soon as I got it into the car. I noticed it in the aftertaste. It has a very faint flowery taste. You can really notice it when you smell it. To be honest, I am not sure if I would notice the taste if I did not know to look for it, but then again I have not tried it on food as it was intended. I will make sure to report back one I have
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GB - I mostly use this salt as a finishing salt and on/in things where kosher is just too big. I bet it would be great on a steak!
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I bought the Spamish smoked paprika, too. I've used it a couple of times and keep looking for excuses to use it again.
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I bought some Smoked Spanish Paprika this time around and when she was ringing me up she shot me this look. The look could only mean one thing, that I had just found gold.
oh, oh, oh - I was just going to see if they had smoked paprika - it is absolutely WONDERFUL and the "secret" ingredient in my chicken rub. Isn't the flavor/aroma wonderful? I will get to their site tomorrow and order some things - smoked paprika being one of them. Thanks for posting this - everyone needs to know about it!
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Isn't the flavor/aroma wonderful?
It really is. One sniff and it is like a party in my nose
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One of life's great pleasures needs only three ingredients:
  • Fresh Vine Ripened Tomatoes (Heirloom if you got 'em)
  • Great Quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Fleur de Sel
GB, for your steak, cut it into 1/4 - 1/2" slices and then sprinkle the fleur de sel over it so that the salt can flavor more of the meat.
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