A great addition to every kitchen
A Himalayan salt block is a large piece of pink salt, hand carved and formed into a plate. They are carved into rectangles, circles, squares, or other neat brick-like shapes. Each plate is one of a kind, and can be rough or smooth, but probably a little of both. They are a very unique way to prepare and serve vegetables, seafood, chicken and even cold dishes like raw fish. Not to mention it will add to the conversation of any dinner party. The best part is that the block is actually healthy for you.
How to use a salt block
There are many different ways to use your big block of salt, in and out of the kitchen. You can cook steak inside on the stovetop, and grill shrimp outside on the BBQ . Making homemade ice cream on a frozen block is a creative treat for children (and healthier).
By far my favorite way to use the block is to grill a steak out on the barbeque. The unique flavor it gives the meat is amazing. Not too salty, and very juicy.
Using a salt block is not difficult, but it does require a little care at first. Once you break it in, you can treat it like your favorite frying pan. The more seasoned it gets, the better. Heating slowly is the key.
- Start by heating the block from room temperature. You don’t want to put a block on an already hot grill, this will cause it to break or crack.
- Put it on the grill and start on low for 15 minutes. Slow, gradual heat is what we want.
- Bring it up to medium for another 10 minutes or so while you get some other prep work done, or sip your favorite outside grilling beverage.
- Take it up to high heat and wait another 10 minutes.
- You can achieve your desired temperature by using a thermometer. Or the gauge on your grill. These new infrared thermometers are pretty neat, and are so easy to use.
- Now throw on your meat, shrimp, fish, or vegetables. Not a lot of seasoning is required for food, the block provides that.
- Using a good pair of tongs, flip your food at least once.
- Just cook your food well, don’t BURN it!
- And serve and enjoy, the block will retain the heat for hours.
- Be sure to use caution when handling a hot salt block, double oven mitts work best
Is it easy to clean?
Before doing any cleaning you MUST let your block cool off a minimum of 1 hour, and maybe longer. Don’t be afraid to let it sit overnight and take care of it the next day. They stay hot for a while. This is also kind of nice because I hate to clean up after I eat if I don’t have to.
Cleaning the salt plate is pretty easy, but don’t just put it in the dishwasher.
- Run some HOT water in the sink, and rinse your salt block quickly. Don’t soak it in water.
- Remove from water and scrape off residue with a scouring sponge or metal spatula.
- Now quickly rinse again in the hot water to clean.
- Dry with a clean dish towel, patting and flipping it as you go. Don’t drop it, as it might break or smash your foot.
- Now set on counter and let it air dry.
Be sure to store your salt block in a clean dry place, free of moisture. I leave mine right on the counter next to my stove for all to see.
It is healthy to use?
While the salt block has antibacterial properties, it also contains over 84 essential minerals. How a salt block works is the salt and minerals are absorbed by the food while cooking. This leaves your food tasting perfectly seasoned and not over salty, while adding the essential minerals as well.
Some of the health benefits of cooking with a salt plate are improved blood circulation, a healthier libido, support of respiratory functions, aids with the stabilizing of blood sugar, while also keeping your body ph in balance. That’s some pretty good benefits for just cooking on something new and fun. I always love explaining how to use them to my guests as well as the health benefits of Himalayan Salt.
How much do they cost?
Salt cooking blocks are generally inexpensive, and not too hard to find. I found that shopping on Amazon for them always works out the best, the selection is good and if you have an Amazon Prime membership you can get it shipped for free!
I hope your cooking experience goes as smooth as possible, and remember that it gets easier and more fun to use after the first time.