The only major differences between coarse sea salt and fine sea salt are in their natural flavors, processing and texture. Fine sea salt is derived from evaporated sea waters and is highly processed, so that it can retain only trace minerals naturally occurring in sea waters. The minerals sea salt contains normally depend on the underwater body of sea water from which it was originally evaporated.
However, coarse sea salts, such as sodium chloride, are produced from sea water which is heavily processed. This leads to the loss of many minerals, including magnesium and potassium, due to the high temperatures that are used in the evaporation process. So, when you buy sea salt, avoid buying those which have a lot of sodium. If you are not a big fan of salty tastes in foods, then this might not be a problem for you, but if you have a medical condition, such as high blood pressure or heart disease, then it would be very important for you to pay attention to the sodium content of your salt.
High blood pressure and heart diseases are the two major risks for people who are not getting enough sodium in their diet. And since sodium is a mineral found in a lot of other foods, it can often get accidentally included in cooking. So, whenever sea salt is used as a flavoring for example, you are actually getting more sodium than you need. You can try to minimize the amount of sea salt that you are getting by not using them in large quantities, or using them in moderation. There are also products available on the market nowadays that are low in sodium content.
Crystal sea salt is the one that is obtained from sea waters. It is obtained through a process called sand polishing wherein fine particles of sand are shaped into crystals. The fine particles of sand are then dissolved in water so as to make the crystals even finer. Fine dust crystals form and become sea salt. This type of sea salt is considered to be healthier because it has the lowest content of sodium compared to all other varieties.
The crystals obtained in this process have a very fine grained texture that is ideal for use in making smooth pastes for cooking and baking. Crayon-sized coarse sea salt crystals are also formed from fine dust particles and these are even better to use for sprinkling on salads and other fresh produce. Fine dust crystals are best used in making white and brown sugar. They also make ideal chips for seasoning and dip. This type of coarse sea salt is also used as a natural preservative for meats and vegetables.
Oceanic and fine sea salt came in different natural colors depending on where the minerals from the sea waters were harvested. These natural minerals are perfect for use in different vinegars, pickles, juices, salsas, dips and condiments. It has been found that certain types of naturally harvested fine sea salt have the ability to preserve the natural flavor of the food. These types of salt have also been found to contain trace amounts of iodine, iron, calcium, manganese, phosphorus and zinc. These trace elements are essential for proper nutrition.
There are two different ways to grind coarse salts for use in preparing foods. The first method uses a sea salt grinder while the second one requires manual labor and specialized equipment. Although manual labor is less expensive than using sophisticated equipment, both methods are very time consuming and require that the coarse salt is ground at a very high speed. In the case of manual labor, however, the end product is worth its weight in gold as the end product always tastes much better.
Fine sea salt is available in a variety of natural colors and each of these stones has a unique texture that imparts its own flavor to the dish that is prepared to use it. Sea salt helps enhance the flavors of dishes and thus it has become very popular among chefs and home cooks alike. In the past, sea salt was considered to be a luxury item that only the rich could afford. However, with the advancements in technology and the discovery of hiwa kai in Hawaii, sea salt has become affordable and available to almost everyone.