By popular demand, we'll be making more cayenne salt this fall. It should be ready by November! Sign up to be notified once it's back in stock. We'll be packaging it in a larger jar this year (same size as our jam jars).
Heat-wise, our cayenne salt is medium in spiciness. It's salty (as you might imagine), and we recommend using it like you would salt: keep it on the dining table to add it to your meal as needed; sprinkle it on top of avocado, cucumbers, firm mangoes; it's great with potatoes, with pasta, on meat; I like it on toast with greek yogurt and olive oil:
Because the salt has been blended with fresh cayenne peppers the flavors are infused throughout (this is not a mix of dried cayenne and salt). Here is a shot of the cayenne salt in progress (it's still wet at this point):
There are flakes of cayenne in the salt, and the jar it's packaged in is wide enough to pinch salt directly out of:
It's salty, yes, but it's more than just salt: it adds a more complex flavor and a touch of spiciness, and something more, I can't quite put my finger on it, deliciousness?
And speaking of salt (ha! I'm joking! I know all I've been talking about is, well, salt), did you know that the salt we use for this is solar-evaporated right here in the San Francisco Bay? For real. It takes 5 years for the bay water to evaporate into salt crystals! The San Francisco Bay is particularly well-suited for sea salt evaporation thanks to its dry summers, steady breeze, and clay soil. Here is a satellite photos of the salt evaporation ponds in the southern tip of the Bay:
The red color you see in the photo is a result of the high-salinity tolerating Dunaliella algae. Salt ponds in the San Francisco Bay date back to 1854. More recently (2003) most of the salt ponds were sold to state, federal, and nonprofit groups who are in the process of restoring them back to wetlands (I believe the green “ponds” in the bottom right of the photo are those restored wetlands).
INGREDIENTS: sea salt (solar-evaporated in the San Francisco Bay), fresh organic cayenne peppers (grown in Santa Rosa, California)
SIZE: coming soon
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