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Kosher Salt Guide

We have all heard of salt being called "kosher," but what exactly does that mean—kosher salt? Typically, the confusion derives from the fact that the word "kosher" has two different meanings in terms of salt, and that salt can be considered one type of kosher, both types, or not kosher at all. People often say "kosher salt" when they mean either kosher certified salt, or kosher-style flake salt. Below is an explanation of the difference and how to discern which kind of kosher salt you need.

Kosher Certified Salt

Kosher certified salt, commonly referred to as "kosher salt," refers to salt that has met the guidelines of kosher outlined by Jewish law, and upheld by kosher certification agencies and members of the Jewish Faith. The certification ensures that the product is produced and handled in accordance to these high standards, and is suitable for consumption for those following a kosher diet.

Orthodox Union Kosher Certification Stamp

SaltWorks partners with the Orthodox Union (OU) to certify its entire line of specialty gourmet salts. The OU is well-known as one of the most prestigious and widely recognized kosher certification agencies in the world, and is trusted for its commitment to quality & excellence. All of the SaltWorks-brand gourmet sea salts, including our handcrafted smoked salts and Fusion® Flavored Salts, have been certified as Kosher sea salts by the OU.

SaltWorks' Kosher Certified Sea Salts (not an inclusive listing)

Kosher Certified Smoked Salt

SaltWorks is excited to announce full Kosher certification for all of its handcrafted smoked sea salts! Our traditional sea salts have been certified Kosher since 2007, but smoked salts require a more involved process to achieve this distinction. Certified by the Orthodox Union, our smoked salts now meet the guidelines of kosher as outlined by Jewish law, and are produced and handled in accordance to these high quality standards.

Kosher smoked salt

Our Kosher smoked salts are produced using a proprietary smoking process that uses only real wood smoke from bark-free logs. We choose quality over quantity, so liquid smoke and other additives are never involved in the smoking process. Kosher smoked salts are suitable for consumption for those following a kosher diet.

SaltWorks' Kosher Certified Smoked Sea Salts

Kosher-Style Salt

Kosher Salt

Kosher-style salt is commonly referenced in recipes and by foodies and chefs alike, and is categorized by its distinct small, flake-style crystal. Interestingly enough, it is believed that this style of salt took on the name “kosher,” because the unique texture and shape are useful in the process of koshering meat. Of course, this name created the confusion!

The texture and shape of kosher-style salt is lighter and more delicate than a typical fine grain salt. The texture is enjoyed by many people for both the subtlety of flavor, and also its slight crunch when sprinkled over dishes. Kosher-style salt also dissolves quickly and evenly into foods during cooking, and melds wonderfully with other flavors. It is a great salt to use in spice blends, as its light texture mixes well with other ingredients.

SaltWorks' Kosher-style Flake Salts (not an inclusive listing)

Since "kosher certified" and "kosher-style" have two completely different meanings, it is easy to see how specialty salts can fit into either category, or none at all. Due to the many varieties of kosher certified and kosher-style specialty salts SaltWorks carries, it is relatively simple to obtain the exact type of kosher salt you need for any purpose!

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