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Old 07-06-2019, 11:52 PM   #1
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Is grating salt rock just a gimmick?

I wonder if there is any advantage to grating salt rock as inferred here:

https://www.amazon.com/Kikkerland-Ri.../dp/B00XJ3MYGS

Aside from controlling the size of flakes, is there any benefit, or perhaps just a talking point, or a ritual?

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Old 07-07-2019, 12:51 AM   #2
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I have personally never been able to think of any reason to grate salt. I keep a vriety of salts in my pantry, already grated to the size I want.

Salt is a mineral, sodium chloride (NaCl), it is basically a rock. Unlike herbs and spices, rocks are pretty stable.

Salt is also used to preserve things for long periods of time. Another clue that it is not going to change over time.

So, IMHO, buying salt in big rocks and grating it is just a way for somebody to make money.

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Old 07-07-2019, 03:46 AM   #3
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I bought a chunk of Himalayan Salt at least 5 years ago cause I was in some novelty spice store in a touristy area and I thought it was cool. It is still sitting the bag that I bought it in on the counter, never used.

Personally, I have never found a reason to use it.

Just as a note, they just a did a report on the news that someone had a salt lamp in their house ( basically, same lump of salt, they just shape it in a way to act as a base for the lamp ( or to illuminate)) and their pet cat kept licking it, throwing off its bodies chemical balance, and almost died.
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Old 07-07-2019, 05:52 AM   #4
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I have personally never been able to think of any reason to grate salt. I keep a vriety of salts in my pantry, already grated to the size I want.

Salt is a mineral, sodium chloride (NaCl), it is basically a rock. Unlike herbs and spices, rocks are pretty stable.

Salt is also used to preserve things for long periods of time. Another clue that it is not going to change over time.

So, IMHO, buying salt in big rocks and grating it is just a way for somebody to make money.

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or for food snobs to seem really cool...

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Old 07-07-2019, 06:09 AM   #5
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co-incidental - I just saw that same grater at the Dollar Store being labeled a Ginger Grater. $2.00
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Old 07-07-2019, 09:44 AM   #6
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It would be a great conversation piece. As a means of preparing salt for kitchen use it's a total waste of time.

As far as the Himalayan pink salt, it's the same sodium chloride as table salt with a few impurities thrown in to make it pink.
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Old 07-07-2019, 11:01 AM   #7
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Many insightful replies

However, a negative cat story is the death nell for any product. It is decided.
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or for food snobs to seem really cool...

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