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WHY SEA SALT?
We knew that there were major benefits to using sea salt in our seasonings. These include
healthy skin, improved dental health, relief from rheumatoid arthritis, muscle cramps,
psoriasis, and osteoarthritis. It also helps in providing relief from acne and rhino-sinusitis.
It is beneficial for exfoliation, nasal and eye wash, and an improved electrolytic balance
of the body. It has healing properties that play a vital role in maintaining acid-alkali ratio,
regular heartbeat, and relaxed sleep, along with providing relief from general body fatigue.
Sea salt, also known as bay salt, is produced by the process of evaporation of salt water
bodies. It is darker in color as compared to the refined salts due to the absorption
of essential minerals from the clay lining of the body of water. Normally, the harvesting
of refined table salt involves heavy processing, including mining followed by iodizing,
bleaching, and diluting with anti-caking agents. More chemicals are added during
the processing of salt, which often steals all of its beneficial minerals and
trace elements, except sodium and chloride.
Unlike refined salts, the preparation of sea salt usually includes very little processing,
so it retains its moisture and mineral treasure. These minerals are present in a form
that is easily utilized and absorbed by the human body. The climate and the geographical
location of the region also play a significant role in the quality and combination
of minerals offered by the sea salt.
The Mediterranean Sea, the Atlantic Ocean, and the North Sea are the most common hubs for the harvesting of sea salt. The method involved in harvesting sea salt also helps to retain its natural state and therapeutic qualities. These healing properties of sea salt help in maintaining good cellular functioning of the body and have been appreciated for ages. In ancient times, sea salt was valuable for healing hand injuries and wounds of fishermen.
Celtic sea salt is harvested differently, and uses conventional Celtic methods. These methods involve working and collecting the salt entirely by hand, using only wooden tools. It does not contain harmful chemicals and additives that are usually added to the refined salts to prevent them from clumping.
BENEFITS OF SEA SALT
Nutritional Value of Sea Salt: Sea salt derives 82 essential trace nutrients from the mineral treasure trove present in sea water. These natural minerals are valuable for healthy functioning of the body. The nutritional wealth of sea salt includes vital minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium, bromide, chloride, iron, copper, and zinc among other beneficial elements.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF SEA SALT
Sea salt consists of a similar assortment of minerals and natural healing elements as those found on skin cells. This makes it a perfectly natural ingredient to be used for therapeutic treatments and beauty products.
The mineral content in Dead Sea salt have long been appreciated for their rejuvenating effects on the skin. Bathing in a Dead Sea salt solution helps in keeping the skin moisturized and revitalized. Dead Sea salt baths also help in improving the skin barrier function and eliminates the roughness and inflammation on the skin’s surface. Studies have shown that the anti-inflammatory effect is attributed to the presence of a high magnesium content in the Dead Sea salts. It also helps in the detoxification of the body by flushing out toxins from the pores, while also aiding in improving blood circulation.
Sea salt contains fluoride, which is beneficial for promoting dental health. Fluoride aids in protecting the teeth from acidic damage and prevents the development of caries and cavities. Regular rinsing and gargling with tepid sea salt water helps to alleviate mouth sores, bleeding gums, ulcers, and the pain of sore throats.
Dead Sea salts have been proven to be effective in providing therapeutic relief to patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis. Studies have made it clear that baths containing Dead Sea salts possess anti-inflammatory qualities and have demonstrated significant improvements in such ailments as compared to normal sodium chloride baths.
Sea salt finds another use in the cosmetic industry in the manufacturing of scrubs and other skin care products like antiperspirants and deodorants. Exfoliation with sea salts helps to remove dead skin particles, tones up the skin tissues, encourages peripheral blood circulation, and helps in skin renewal. Unlike table salt, the granular texture of sea salt works very well in providing clean and smooth skin. Sea salt scrub therapy is also advised for patients suffering from low blood pressure, epilepsy, poor blood circulation, and general body fatigue by promoting healthy blood circulation.
Sea salt is considered to be a natural remedy for the treatment of psoriasis, along with the appropriate medication. Treatment with sea salt has shown noteworthy improvements in those patients suffering from various skin conditions like itching and scaling. The efficacy of balneotherapy, which is done using a sea salt treatment with mud packs and sulfur baths on those suffering from psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis has also demonstrated promising results with respect to a reduction in spinal pain and increased flexibility of the spine.
Research studies have demonstrated improvements in those patients suffering from knee osteoarthritis after treatment using balneotherapy with Dead Sea salt. In addition to this, some patients were able to sustain their improved health parameters even after few weeks, unlike those patients who took the bath treatment with normal sodium chloride.
Research studies have proven that Dead Sea salt solution is also effective in treating rhinosinusitis. The study also concluded that nasal irrigation and sprays done with sea salt showed better symptomatic relief as compared to those made of a hypertonic saline solution. The anti-inflammatory effects of Dead Sea salts make it a natural and healthy alternative to be considered for treating nasal allergies and other respiratory disorders as compared to nasal steroids, which might have certain side effects like inflammation that can lead to mucus secretion. The mineral content present in Dead Sea salts helps to alleviate swelling and congestion as well.
Sea salt helps in maintaining a healthy electrolyte balance in the body, which is necessary for maintaining optimum blood composition and circulation, muscular strength, and overall functioning of the body. Minerals like potassium, calcium, magnesium, and sodium contribute to the electrolytic equilibrium of the body.
Sea salts contain sulfur which helps in cleansing and the treating of skin conditions like dermatitis and acne scars.
Soaking your tired feet in a warm sea salt solution helps to relax the muscles, and relieve the soreness and pain in your aching feet.
Sea salts also help in maintaining balanced levels of blood sugar. It is effective in reducing the body’s dependency on insulin medication for the regulation of sugar levels.
ENCOURAGES RESTFUL SLEEP
Sea salt baths have a calming and soporific effect, thus helping in inducing profound, rejuvenating sleep. It also helps in preventing excess salivation that flows out of the mouth during sleep, keeping your body hydrated.
Sea salt aids in maintaining healthy levels of blood pressure and helps to normalize irregular heartbeats. It has also shown beneficial effects in preventing the occurrence of various cardiac disorders.
PREVENTS HAIR LOSS
One of the lesser known benefits of sea salt is the stimulation of healthy hair growth. Massaging the scalp with the sea salt aids in improved circulation of blood and strengthens the hair follicles.
Sea salt is beneficial in relieving muscle cramps and helps in enhancing muscular strength. Essential minerals like magnesium and potassium have therapeutic and rejuvenating qualities, thus making sea salts a natural remedy to cure aches and pains. The osmosis effect created by the solute content in the sea salt bath prevents the build-up of toxins in the body. This helps in easing any stiffness and discomfort caused by muscle fatigue and tension.
A sea salt solution helps in relieving puffiness around your tired eyes. A sea salt compress aids in reducing the dark circles and sagging bags under the eyes, while inducing a calming, stress-relieving effect.
Sea salts helps in alkalizing the cells of the body by facilitating excretion of excess acids through urination. This helps in maintaining the optimal acid-alkali ratio of the body. In case the pH value of the blood moves towards the acidic side, it can disturb the natural, healthy balance of the body and may result in chronic medical conditions like Alzheimer’s disease.
HEALING AND PURIFYING QUALITIES
The electromagnetic force field that surrounds our body tends to attract negative energies and impurities from the environment. These energies may influence the health and well-being of some people. Baths enriched with sea salts have been believed to have purifying qualities. They absorb such energies within themselves and relieve the body of these materials.
Sea salt is also valued for its distinct flavor and is added to various recipes, particularly in French and Thai cuisine.
Sea salts are naturally anti-allergenic and are considered beneficial in providing relief from asthma and other allergies. Sea salt baths also alleviate the risk of infections and contribute towards overall immunity of the body. Sea salts is also effective in treating conditions like hives, skin rashes, dandruff, and hair loss.
Sea salt is a major source of sodium and should be consumed in appropriate quantities. Irrespective of the type of salt, excessive intake of one type of salt may lead to ailments like edema or high blood pressure, which can pose a risk for other medical conditions.
Take Time to pick the right meat and rub
For more about how to prepare your meat, please scroll down to the next section.
1. All Day Long, slow & steady
This might be the hardest lesson for a new backyard Chef to learn - it takes time and lots of it. Be patient and enjoy what you are doing, set the time aside to get it right the first go around. Backyardd Chef or Inside Kitchen Gourmet, take your time and you will be rewarded for it later.
2. pick the right meat
Pick the right cut of meat to begin with and you will have a better-finished product. Here are a few starters.
Best Beef to BBQ:
BRISKET (Brisket is from the shoulder, at the front of the animal)
RIB EYE (Cut from the eye or middle of the forerib, rib eye steaks are very tender)
SIRLOIN (These steaks are cut from the part behind the forerib)
BEEF TOP RIB
JOINT OF FILLET
Nine of the best cuts for the grill. Sear over direct heat then finished on a cooler part of the grill:
Best cuts to smoke
BEEF BRISKET – This is the premier cut for smoking.
PORK SHOULDER (Boston butt) – Pork shoulder has a great ratio of fat to lean meat, making it perfect for slow smoking.
PORK & BEEF RIBS – Who doesn't like smoked spare ribs on a lazy summer day?
CORNISH HENS (Rock Hens)
3. Get the Right Wood
Hickory chunks work really well, they smolder and are less likely to flare up than chips. However, if you cannot find chunks, then chips that have been soaked in water for at least an hour will be a nice alternative. As far as wood goes you should look for hickory, apple, cherry, or oak. Stay away from mesquite wood, it tends to have an extremely pungent flavor and do not even think about using sap woods like pine because they will ruin your food, plus they are considered slightly toxic.
4. Knowing Your Woods
The first thing to consider is what kinds of wood to use, based on how overpowering the smoke they emit. Think of smoking woods as existing on a spectrum from mild to strong. On the mild side are fruit woods, like apple, peach, cherry, and pear, which might impact that sweetness your friends swear by, but are subtle enough to use with lighter foods like poultry or fish, and sometimes pork. Birch is a smidge heavier, and an appropriate choice for more strongly flavored fish - salmon smoked in birch is a classic combination. Right in the middle of the spectrum are woods like hickory, maple, pecan, and oak. These work great with pork and are strong enough to stand up to beef and gamey cuts of meat. Personal favorites to smoke with are hickory and oak. Finally, the strongest wood of all, in a category all its own is mesquite. It can be an invaluable wood to smoke with — if you do it moderately. Use mesquite in moderation, think of it like a powerful seasoning akin to chile peppers. Use in combination with other flavors, and for limited amounts of time.
4. Start Your Coals
Your dad and your grandfather probably used charcoal with every single barbeque and grilling opp. Today instead of throwing on the coals that have been infused with lighter fluid and then squirting on more lighter fluid, the preferred method is to use lump charcoal or high-quality briquettes. It is important to keep handy a constant arsenal of lit coals to keep your smoker or grill at a consistent and constant temperature. Not a good idea to put raw coals in the smoker, instead, have something going to the side in another grill - full of burning coals. A chimney starter is a handy tool for this job. Weber has a really nice model. Once the coals are ready and you add them to the smoker or grill, then you can add more raw coals to the chimney. This way you don't have to restart the fire again and again. By keeping the small fire going continuously you will have many, many hours of coals ready to go.
5. It's All About the Rub
The rub, oh the rub, the only way to go in our opinion. There are other methods but with a rub, the meat really gets the chance to absorb the rub. It provides any cut of meat with a flavor burst that you won't forget. A special rub is recommended and even the standby kosher salt and black pepper are better than nothing. Many people like to use a brine but that can create a way too salty environment for the meat. Plus, low and slow is the way to go, the collagen in the meat will do its magic, creating a silky texture that we all love to take a big bite of and brag about to our friends and neighbors.
6. It's Not Just About the Smoke
The biggest mistake most people make is to over smoke the meat. We all want that wonderful and decadent smokiness that makes the food richer and can turn a regular piece of meat into a life altering experience of succulence in every juicy bite. In the long run, people want to eat meat - not smoke! Keep the smoking process to a minimum. Experts suggest no more than half of the cooking time. The smoking process not only lends to adding a layer of flavor, but adds a rich, mahogany, dark color to the meat. You can get creative and mix and match different types of woods of variouse strengths to create interesting flavor profiles. Be willing to experiment and keep notes on what worked. Tht use of hickory with cherry or apple. You might be amazed at the combinations you can dream up. Think of it as blending the woods the way a good chef blends spices.
7. Smoke 'Em If You Got 'Em
Perhaps you could chop down that over growne tree in the backyard to keep your smoker well-fed this summer. Keep in mind that some woods are not right for smoking food. Case in point - resinous woods, like pines, which will quickly make your food inedible. That is not good for any backyard chef. No green branches or young wood for much the same reason. If the wood isn't too resinous or green, let it season before you use it. Arrange it in a well-ventilated stack, preferably in direct sunlight and not directly on the ground, and let it dry out for at least a month before using it. It will have a better aroma and burn a little slower. In a smoker you want to primarily use chunk-sized pieces of wood, which won't become cinders before your pork shoulder gets above room temperature. Remember, wood chips have their role too. If you are grilling up something that cooks in a flash on a regular charcoal grill, say, chicken thig,hs or fish filets, then wood chips are ideal for adding that 5-10 minutes of smoke. Lastly, regarding the age-old debate about whether to soak your wood or not before tossing it on the coals, many expert opinions rest on the side of not soaking, presenting their belief that the heat of the coals eveporates the water before it has a chance to affect the food. It is ultimately your choice and for first timers why not try all of the grilling, smoking and barbeque techniques till you find the one that works best for you.
(Information researched from BonApettite and Google articles on grilling, smoking, and BBQ.)