Introduction to Himalayan Salt Block Cooking

Himalayan Salt Block Cooking is a culinary treat.  It adds a delicate flavor that just can’t be described.  You would think it would be very salty, but the salt flavor is mild due to their lack of porosity which means that the surface area touching your food in minimum.  They also have over 80 trace minerals which add a unique and almost heavenly flavor to foods.

This salt blocks or plates can stand extreme temperatures from cold as in zero degrees up to 900 degrees.  This makes Himalayan salt block cooking very diverse, from serving cold deserts to searing meets and vegetables or even baking.  They also hold heat for a very long time.

Himalayan salt block cooking intimidates many.  The slabs are delicate and they are heavy.  A salt slab depending on size can weigh up to 30 pounds.  I think of having to use two hands much like I did with my Mama’s cast iron skillet.  I can assure you however that this way of cooking on a salt block might put your Mama’s cooking to shame.
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The key with salt block cooking is to heat them up slowly for they will crack and can break. It also needs to be 2 inches in thickness. They can last for a long time with proper care but will not last forever. If it breaks there are many other uses for this salt so it won’t be wasted. You can grind it up and use for seasoning, curing foods, or toss it into a relaxing bath.

Salt block cooking can be done in an oven, on a stove top, gas stove, gas grill, charcoal grill or an open fire. it is a fantastic tool to use in camping! Everything just taste better cooked on a salt block. Often no other seasoning is even necessary.

When grilling you can cook on top of it or you can place it on top of your meat on the grill.  When placed on top, you sear both sides at once.  Imagine butterfly chicken breasts like this.  Just yum!

How To Clean A Himalayan Salt Block

Cleaning is also a cinch.  Because of it’s anti-microbial properties no soap is needed.  Just wipe with a damp sponge and scour away any food residue with a scrubber or scouring pad.  You can repeat this process a couple of times and pat it dry with a paper towel.  Do not put it in a dishwasher.  It will dissolve! 

You can find a large variety of quality Himalayan Salt blocks for cooking by clicking here.

One more thing that I need to mention when cooking with a salt block. They are heavy and awkward to move on and off a grill or in and out of the oven. I bought a salt plate holder from Amazon. The link is below. This has made it so much easier to handle.

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