Salt, Finishing; Alder Smoked Salt
Our Smoked Alder Sea Salt is a natural sea salt from the Pacific Ocean that is slow smoked over Northwest Red Alder. This salt was originally used by Native American Indians and Northwest Red Alder has been used to smoke salmon for hundreds of years.
Smoked Alder Sea Salt is a pungent, dark brown fine grain salt that gives food a wonderful smoky flavor.
Alder is the common name of a genus of flowering plants (Alnus) belonging to the birch family Betulaceae. The largest species are red alder (Alnus rubra), and these are indigenous west of the Cascade mountain range of the Pacific Northwest. Some Native American cultures used red alder bark to treat insect bites, poison oak and skin irritations. The wood of the red alder tree is best known as the wood of choice for smoking seafood and salmon for those living in the Northwestern US. We’ve also heard of it being used to smoke coffee!
While alder is classified as a hardwood, it is more commonly referred to as a semi-hardwood. On a hardness scale, alder ranks just above pine and poplar. Since the 1950’s the Fender Musical Instruments Company, better known as simply Fender Guitars, has been using alder wood to build the bodies of several of their best known guitars.
It has a light, slightly sweet flavor and is not overpowering.
Barbecuers use alder for smoking, and this wood is best suited for seafood, pork and beef. Use Smoked Alder Sea Salt on baked potatoes, breakfast tacos, burgers, fettuccine, fish (especially salmon, bass, steelhead and sturgeon), grilled artichokes, pasta, pork roast, sandwiches, shrimp, soup and stuffed peppers. We also have a commercial baker who uses this with chocolate.