I stumbled upon the Maine Sea Salt Company at last weekend's Common Ground Country Fair. The company, based in Marshfield, employs sun and wind to speed the evaporation of seawater and harvest the natural salt. I wasn't planning to buy salt, since I had plenty at home, but once I tasted this smoked salt my imagination went wild. Smoked over a fire of apple wood, this salt has a deep, woody, slightly sweet flavor. Hickory smoked salt is deeper and darker.
The ingredients and preparation couldn't be simpler, but this packs incredibly rich flavor. It makes boring sliced cucumbers irresistible, and takes oven roasted potatoes to a whole new level. Smoked salt popcorn? Oh my, yes. And how about corn on the cob? Smoked salt would enhance tempeh bacon, seitan sausages, or any recipe that calls for liquid smoke.
Maine Sea Salt is available in specialty food shops across southern and central Maine and online, or you can win a taste of the North Atlantic: Maine Sea Salt will send a gift pack containing three salt grinders (apple smoked, hickory smoked, and natural) to one lucky reader! To enter the giveaway, just leave a comment on this post about your favorite use for sea salt. Amusing stories about swimming off the frigid coast of Maine may earn brownie points. I'll randomly choose a winner next Friday, October 9 (sorry, US residents only). What a way to kick off Vegan MoFo. Best of luck!