Saturday, July 10, 2010

Fleur de Sel - Where To Buy The Best Sea Salt?

Greetings and Happy Saturday from Florida Herb House!

Today lets travel to the French coast to get a mouth full of Fleur de Sel, a truly exquisite natural sea salt made exclusively in France. To sample the finest French sea salts your dollar can buy please drop by and say hi or visit us online at or!

"Incroyable!", "Fabuleux!", "Spectaculaire!" these may be some of the words you hear when someone feeds on a meal topped with Fleur de Sel sea salt. Whether you are a health nut or a food lover the French have mastered the production of this fine French Sea Salt!

Fleur de Sel which translates into "Flower Of Salt" is produced in France on ocean surfaces near salt marshes. The one thing that is so appealing about this great salt is its appearance and downright "sensaltional" crunch!

Fleur de Sel is harvested using somewhat primitive wooden tools and is unrefined from the salt pond to your spice cabinet. This premium unrefined salt is white in color and semi-translucent. It is mineral rich with potassium, magnesium, iron, and zinc and retains a earth slightly sweet taste. Fleur de Sel is an ideal sea salt for seasoning meats, poultry, veggies, fish, and a host of other dishes.
Try some fresh steamed vegetables with a slab of butter and Fleur De Sel sprinkled on top! Our Florida Herb House favorite all time use for Fleur de Sel is to cook a whole chicken or turkey in the oven completely layered with this salt. The salt not only protects the flavor and juices from escaping but also adds an amazing touch of its own flavor. We rub the salt off after the bird is cooked and the slices of meat are tender, juicy, and most flavorful always. Try some Fleur de Sel sea salt in your next recipe!

Below is our two all time favorite recipes incorporating
our Fleur de Sel sea salt!

Potatoes With Fleur de Sel:
Serves 4


7 tablespoons unsalted butter

6 tablespoons grapeseed oil

2 lbs. potatoes, peeled and cut into 1" pieces

1 whole chicken 2-3 Lbs., wings removed

Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 chicken liver

4 sprigs fresh rosemary

4 sprigs fresh thyme

1 head garlic, halved crosswise

Florida Herb House's Fleur de sel, for serving


Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Butter a medium roasting pan with 3 tablespoons butter and 3 tablespoons oil. Place potatoes in a single layer in roasting pan. Season chicken inside and out with salt and pepper. Place liver, rosemary, thyme, and garlic inside cavity of chicken; using kitchen twine, tie legs together to enclose. Rub chicken with remaining 3 tablespoons each of butter and oil. Place chicken on top of potatoes on one of its sides.

Transfer roasting pan to oven and roast for 20 minutes. Turn chicken onto its other side and continue roasting 20 minutes more. Turn chicken, breast side up, and add 2 tablespoons water to pan; continue roasting until juices run clear and the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees on an instant-read thermometer, 10 to 20 minutes more.

Carve chicken in roasting pan allowing the juices to combine with the potatoes. Serve from the roasting pan, spooning pan juices over potatoes. Sprinkle with fleur de sel from Florida Herb House.

Fillet Of Sole with Fleur de Sel:
Makes 4 servings


2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 15 minutes out of the fridge

3 tablespoons medium chopped fresh herbs, such as tarragon, parsley, dill, thyme, sage, chervil, savory, and/or rosemary

Finely grated zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

4 sole fillets, about 6 ounces each

Coarsely ground mixed peppercorns

2 tablespoons olive oil

4 two-finger pinches Florida Herb House's fleur de sel


Blend the butter, herbs and lemon zest together. Gently roll into a cylinder about the size of your thumb and cut into 4 disks, set aside.

Pat the sole fillets dry with a paper towel and season with pepper.
Put 2 large skillets over high heat until very hot. Add a tablespoon of oil to each skillet and swirl to coat the bottom of the pan. Put 2 fillets in each pan, whiter side down and saute until the edges of the fillets are opaque, about 2 minutes. Turn carefully and cook on the other side until the surface is dry but the flesh is still moist in the center, about 2 more minutes. Transfer to plates.
Remove the pans from the heat and glaze with the lemon juice. Pour over the fish. Top each fish fillet with a pad of herb butter and season with a pinch or two of Florida Herb House "Fleur de Sel". Garnish with more herbs and lemon zest, if you want. Serve right away!

Have a sea salty day!

Stephen Sharp

Florida Herb House

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Guide To Hawaiian Alaea Sea Salt

Greetings Sea Salt Lovers!

With July 4th arriving tomorrow there will be barbecues and food galore! While many will consume the traditional hamburger and hot dog others will opt for the more fanciful spread. As we thaw our chicken and fish for Sunday's bash there is one new ingredient on our list, "Hawaiian Sea Salt"! After purchasing this fine salt from Florida Herb House we had the privilege of speaking with Stephen Sharp, Florida Herb House's owner and CEO, about this great salt. Florida Herb House recently added over 50 exclusive gourmet sea salts to their store in Port Orange, FL but the one sea salt that stands out among others is their Alaea Hawaiian Sea Salt.

Lets join Stephen as he takes us on a brief tour on the history of Alaea Sea Salt! "Thanks for inviting me today to talk a little about Hawaiian Sea Salt and its origin. To begin let me just clarify that sea salt is not the same as traditional table salt and is made from the evaporation of ocean water while traditional table salt or NaCl (Sodium Chloride) is mined underground and refined with anti-caking agents. True sea salts originate from many exotic locations around the world. The Hawaiian Salt is harvested in Hawaii, hence the name!"

Where Is Hawaiian Sea Salt Made?
Stephen quotes, "Alaea Sea Salt is one of a kind and produced on Molokai one of the purest and most natural islands in world. Molokai has no traffic lights, no traffic signs and there is not one building higher than a palm tree. Hawaii’s fifth-largest island, Molokai is only 38 miles long and 10 miles across at its widest point. Molokai is home to the highest sea cliffs in the world along its northeast coast (3,600-3,900 feet) and Hawaii’s longest continuous fringing reef (28 miles) off Molokai’s southern coast. Are you getting the picture? Yes with all this simple lifestyle comes an island free of erosion and sewage run off which amounts to a surrounding ocean just as pure! From this comes Hawaiian Sea Salt one of the purest sea salts in the world!"

How Is Hawaiian Sea Salt Made?
"Simply put this salt is made from man made sea water pools close to the shoreline around the island of Molokai. The water is then evaporated over time with the help of the sun and what is left is a sea salt with more minerals and less sodium chloride than any other sea salt around. The salt then either has red volcanic clay added to make Hawaiian Alaea Sea Salt or activated charcoal added to make Hawaiian Black Sea Salt."

How Does Your Sea Salt Differ From Others?
Stephen quotes, "Florida Herb House stores all their sea salts, herbs, and spices in special dark rooms. These rooms are set at optimal temperatures and dehumidified to protect our precious sea salts. Our sea salts are packed fresh to order and never sit on shelves more than 30-60 days on average. We purchase all our sea salts in ideal quantities so there is no overstocking. This guarantees the purest and freshest sea salt experience in comparison to a supermarket or warehouse variety salt."

How Does Hawaiian Sea Salt Differ From Other Sea Salts?
"Through past studies and analysis it has been determined that Hawaiian Sea Salt has only about 84% sodium chloride content compared to 98+% for other sea salts. The remaining 16% is comprised of valuable trace elements such as magnesium, sulfur, iodine, and iron. This salt helps supplement our bodies with these much needed minerals and has numerous other benefits for our health and well-being."

We hope you enjoyed this brief article on Hawaiian Sea Salt and its manufacturing process as well as history. Whether your preserving, cooking, or in need of a finishing salt once you try this true Hawaiian marvel you too will be hooked! We would like to also give a special thank you to Stephen Sharp and Florida Herb House for all his valuable insight!

Jeff Priestly - PR Buzz