Q: How is the water harvested?
A: We collect the water on a high tide so there is a good influx of 'new' water and when it hasn't rained in a while so the salinity is high. We used to use 5 gallon buckets and collected the water by hand but have thankfully graduated to an engine that pumps 200 gallons of water into a holding tank in the back of our truck.
Q: How clean is the water you harvest?
A: We collect our water from Bulls Bay, SC located within the protected wilderness area known as Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. This area is also a public and commercial shellfish ground and because the water is carefully monitored by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC), we can be confident that the water we harvest is clean.
Q: What color is the salt?
A: Natural salt can be almost any color from pink to black and of course white. Our filtering system takes out any of the sediments found in the seawater. We also wash the salt in a brine solution before we dry it. That leaves us with a pure and perfectly white salt crystal.
Q: How is sea salt different from table salt?
A: Most table salts are mined from the ground, treated with anti-caking agents, bleached, milled, and have added iodine. Our sea salt is harvested from a sustainable source, the ocean, reducing the ecological impact on the earth and retaining its natural micronutrients.
Sea salt can be used to replace nearly all of the salt you use in your home, unless you never eat seafood in which case your body may require the extra iodine. Sea salt is most commonly used to season or enhance the flavor of finished dishes.
Q: How big are the crystals?
A: All sizes! The crystals generally grow larger when the evaporation is slower so in the winter we harvest larger crystals that are about the size of pebbles or small stones. Our flake salt forms much faster, resulting in delicate crunchy flakes rather than crystals.
Q: The salt in my grinder is getting damp, what should I do?
The easiest thing would be to add several grains of rice to your salt to absorb the moisture. The salt can also be set in a sunny windowsill to speed up the drying process. If the salt got very damp, empty the container into an oven safe pan (preferably glass) and heat the oven to 170˚ until dry.
You can help prevent moisture from accumulating in the salt by refraining from grinding the salt directly over steaming foods.
Q: Can I buy it in bulk or purchase it wholesale to sell in my store?
Q: What shops sell Bulls Bay Saltworks products?