Lake Crystal natural lake salt is a jewel of nature. The salt originates from ancient primeval oceans carried on the winds of time. The lake from which the salt is harvested was formed around 5 million years ago.
It is the original alternative to sea salt.
As the salt orginates from primeval oceans and ancient salt-river systems, the crystals contain several trace elements such as calcium ; magnesium; iron and potassium - the combination of which contribute greatly to the "finger-print" of the salt's character and are essential for human health.
Our method of harvesting is one of the most truly sustainable methods. This is because we slot our harvesting operations into the natural seasonal cycles of the salt lake. The rainfall over the winter months lifts some of the crust of the lake into solution to create brines that cover the surface of the lake. The summer sun evaporates the brine, new salt crystals form and fall to the surface of the lake. When the new season's crop of salt crystals dries, we simply collect them by scraping them from the surface of the lake. Winter makes new brine. Summer evaporates the brine and salt crystals form and so the seasons repeat this entirely natural process.
There is practically no invasive development of the local environment whereas sea salt manufacturing requires great tracts of land to be cleared in order to build artificial evaporation ponds.
As Lake Crystal is harvested naturally, with no interference to the salt's natural characteristics or composition, it's distinctive, mild and gentle flavour of the salt is retained.
Unlike processed sea salts which often have a harsh and bitter aftertaste, Lake Crystal natural lake salt has a natural depth of flavour, which proves to be an economical and healthier option for today's consumer.
Why is Lake Crystal natural lake salt's flavour so different?
Adulterated Sodium Chloride salt crystals are almost entirely cube shaped, made up of uniform "building blocks" consisting of Na+ and C1- particles. However, Lake Crystal natural lake salt crystals are often irregularly shaped due to the presence of other particles such as Mg2 (magnesium) or K (potassium) for example.
The presence of these other particles and the irregular shape of the salt crystals ensure that the flavours of the salt are released into solution quickly and harmoniously; generating a gentle but complex "saltiness" to the tasebuds.
As a natural fine food product. Lake Crystal natural lake salt is the ideal ingredient for every day use in the kitchen; sprinkled as a garnish; easily ground or crushed for emulsified sauces or simply used at the table. It's unique depth of flavour proves to be an economical commodity, used by chefs; food professionals and food manufacturers, the world over.
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Practically all the world's salt supply comes either from the sea or from mines and many salt products have to be processed cleaned which requires chemicals to bring the salt to human consumption standard. The finished product is adulterated sodium chloride "sea salt", processed due to the demands of the chemical industry and is ultimately prevalent in the human food chain.
The extreme purity of the lake from which Lake Crystal natural lake salt is harvested has been documented for almost 100 years. The salt is harvested naturally, filtered and kiln dried so the salt's natural characteristics and composition remain undisturbed, ensuring its distinctive flavour is retained, just as nature intended.
Lake Crystal natural lake salt is accredited by the Biological Farmers of Australia, Australia's leading organic accreditation body.
Greenhouse gas emissions are the biggest environmental problem facing humanity. This is why Lake Crystal is at the forefront of demonstrating the benefits of our completely natural production methods which create 1/10th of the green house gas emissions (CO2) that are produced by other salt products.
Our salt gathering can be likened to organic farming where no artificial chemicals or fertilizers are used and our harvesting operations follow the natural seasonal cycles of the salt lake. Every year, winter rains take up a fraction of the lake's salt crust in solution to make new brine; summer sun then evaporates the brine and a new crop of salt crystals form and is harvested, and so the seasons repeat this entirely natural process.
Other salt production such as the manufacture of salt flakes, ion exchange or Vacuum salt and some regular processed salt products require the salt water to be heated for long periods of time at very high temperatures.
Australia is the second largest producer of salt in the world and an important supplier to the chemical industry in Asia.
Practically all of this salt is produced from sea water which is processed using various chemical agents to remove all the inherent trace minerals found naturally in sea water. This is due to the chemical industry's demands that the finished product is unadulterated sodium chloride.
Unfortunately, this adulterated sodium chloride "sea salt" product is prevalent in the human food chain.
Not only does this form of salt invariably have a harsh and bitter aftertaste, but the human body was never meant to ingest adulterated commercial mass produced salt.
Lake Crystal natural lake salt is a superior food grade salt product which is simply harvested; thus retaining all the naturally occurring trace minerals such as calcium; magnesium; iron and potassium... all of which are essential to human health.
This is why Lake Crystal....... is ...the original alternative to sea salt.