It’s my first time doing a giveaway and I’m excited to hold it with Hepp’s Salt Barrel. I discovered Hepp’s Salt after visiting its booth at a San Francisco trade show called Unique SF. After having a cool conversation about salts with the man behind the company, Brian Hepp, a collaboration was born.
Brian sent me 15 different kinds of gourmet salts that came from different parts of the world, from cooking salts to finishing salts to smoked and spicy ones. It was such a treat. To review them, I gathered simple dishes to see if the salts would elevate the dishes to a whole new level-by just a simple sprinkle. Here are the findings:
AUSSIE FLAKE, BLACK LAVA, WHITE TRUFFLE
I sprinkled a bit of the White Truffle salt on a vegan vanilla ice cream. The White Truffle had this subtle, earthy, truffle flavor and mild saltiness that tasted divine on this dessert. The experience changed from one ordinary afternoon to a fancy, fine dining moment.
By the way, all opinions stated here are my own. I was not compensated by Hepp’s Salt Barrel. I simply received the samples for free so I could try them out and give my personal feedback. That, and to hold the giveaway.
Oh man…Spicy is not my favorite word especially if it has something to do with the world’s hottest peppers like Ghost Pepper and Habanero Pepper. For the Spicy lovers though, these blended salts would be perfect. My brother-in-law who eats hot peppers raw, would be an instant fan.
What better ingredient to test these salts on than potatoes?! Specifically tater tots, which is my favorite. I placed the tots in the oven and baked them with olive oil for 20 minutes at 420 degrees. Then I sprinkled the salts and see if they would transform these simple, tasty suckers. I have to say, the Habanero salt came out the winner. Like I mentioned, I’m usually not fond of spicy but the Habanero won me over.
Same with Spicy Curry, I still have yet to find a dish ready for Thai Ginger. To give you an idea, it has the taste of lemon grass, galangal, and other Thai spices, and of course, ginger.
As for the Black Truffle, I incorporated it in my Mushroom with Cream dish. I sauteed some button mushrooms in olive oil and garlic, added basil and green beans, then poured the cream (almond milk, flour, and olive oil). I turned off the heat and sprinkled Black Truffle Salt all over. I’m playing favorites here but this is by far my #1 salt from Hepp’s.
The Red Clay Salt is another kind that exudes vibrant color. It’s considered a “cooking salt” but I used it as a “finishing” on my corn on the cob topped with melted butter, Aussie Flake Salt and this salt. I love this combination although I’m also curious if the White Truffle would have been a better choice.
I sauteed some fresh-from-the-garden cherry tomatoes in olive oil and garlic, added chopped green beans and shell pasta. I sprinkled the Tamise salt and mixed thoroughly. Simple but delectable. A must try.
ALDERWOOD, APPLEWOOD, 7 FIRE SMOKE, HICKORY
Hepps Salt has all these four and more from their Smoked Salts Category. I was able to try the first three as condiment to a Mexican mango and the Hickory Salt with the tater tots. The Alderwood flavor is my favorite, it has the best combination of smokiness, saltiness, and sweetness. The applewood is more to the sweet side and the 7 Fire is more to the smokey side.
From the photo above: the top is the Applewood, left is the 7 Fire, and right is the Alderwood.
The Hickory Salt was good with the tots too but I should have tried it on a burger instead. In fact I should have tried all four on a burger. Aha! Maybe next time.
So if I have to choose, my top 5 would be: Black Truffle, White Truffle, Habanero, Alderwood, and Tamise.
Now it’s your turn! What are the 5 Hepp Salts you’d like to try? Leave a comment here for a chance to win the 5 salts you named. You get to choose your prize!
After a week, I’ll randomly choose a winner. Feel free to enter more than once by liking Hepp’s Salt Barrel on Facebook, and/or tweet about this post with hashtag #mytop5hepps
and/or follow Astig Vegan on Twitter. If you are already following either one of us, just mention it on the comment. Good luck, looking forward to hear your answers!
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