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Sugpo Asin Sea Salt

Handmade purity.

Turning sea water into salt has been happening for millenia, and in the Philippines it takes a lot of handy work.
 
The sea salt makers—sturdy and rugged thanks to days spent in the hot sun and the back breaking work of lugging baskets of salt—start by channeling sea water from the ocean into a series of locks, each about two to three thousand square feet in area. Each channel and bed is lined with ceramic tiles to keep the salt from laying on soil or sand and to keep the minerals from intermingling with the salt. After traveling through 5 different locks, the highly concentrated water ends up in the drying beds. The beds are covered with 2-3 inches of water and it’s all evaporated by 3 PM. Each bed yields about 10 lbs of salt per bed. They’re only able to produce sea salt four months of the year because it’s too rainy the rest of the time. 
 
It’s hot in the Philippines, so the salt crystals that form are actually hollow. Because they dry so quickly, they don’t have the time or chance to form salt cubes like you get with a grey salt from cooler regions. It’s fragile and moist, so you don’t want to grind it. Use it as is and enjoy the characteristic crunch of the salt’s texture. 

Sugpo Asin Sea Salt

P-SST 5 oz
$22
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