In restaurant and home kitchens around the world, artisanal salts are surging in popularity. As lovers of the white stuff, we're right on board. But actually making the stuff ourselves? That seems, well, hard.
Not Without Salt, one of our favorite food blogs, is all about the goodness of salted things. The anonymous young mom behind the blog -- a great cook, writer, and photographer -- recently went on a salt-making escapade and shared the results.
After gathering a few gallons of frigid Pacific Ocean water with her kids, she went to work filtering out sand, rocks, and shells through four layers of cheese cloth. Four hours of simmering later and voila! --- fresh homemade salt for the family.
Two gallons of ocean water yielded only a 1/2 cup of salt, but considering the ease of the process, it seems well worth it to give it a try. Check out her post for a more detailed rundown and more amazing film pics.