Our Fair Trade pure Himalayan salt bowl is hand-carved by skilled workers at the base of the Himalayan Mountains. Formed with lovely natural colors, our salt bowls are ideal for making sauces, chocolates, ice creams and deserts, salads, dressings, cooking in and much more. Easy to use, fun and delicious!
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So Well® has been designing and importing handmade, fair trade, authentic and rare Himalayan salt lamps and other fair trade and handmade Himalayan salt products since 2004.
6 × 6 × 3.5 in
What’s the big deal about Fair Trade? We actually get this question a lot! If you look up the definition of Fair Trade, you will find results referring to a social movement whose stated goal is to help producers in developing countries achieve better trading conditions while promoting sustainability. But to us, Fair Trade is that and so much more!
Fair Trade ensures that producers receive fair market prices, are free from labor abuses and use sustainable growing and production methods. In a world where corporate profits rule these crafters and farmers are often exploited, creating a cycle of poverty and environmental degradation. Fair Trade can break that cycle, creating better lives, stronger communities and a healthier environment. We are dedicated to Fair Trade, and use suppliers dedicated to Fair Trade and sustainability.
We import all of our salt products through a long-term direct relationship that creates mutual accountability. Our partners observe fair trade principles that include 25% greater than average wages, human rights such as rest breaks, chilled water, protective clothing, safe working environments and medical care. You can be assured that our talented craftsmen are respected and cared for as valuable members of the So Well team. We do not supply big box stores and only work with customers who value high quality, uniqueness and Fair Trade.
A primary component of trade is the small premium that buyers of fair trade goods pay as part of their purchase price for socially responsible products. An important factor of the fair trade social premium is that the producers decide where and how it is spent. In our case, our production partners use it to raise wages, create a safe working environment and offer important benefits. Additionally, our ingredients are harvested sustainably and we use 100% reusable, recyclable and eco-friendly packaging.
So Well is a proud member of Chicago Fair Trade. Learn more here.
Food Grade Salt
If you’ve tried them, you’re already familiar with the wonderful flavor our gourmet salt products bring to your favorite dishes. What you might not know, though, is that all of the salt used in both our gourmet products, all of our bath & body products, and each therapeutic product comes from our inspected food grade facility, while our lamps, candle holders and other decorative products are produced in an adjacent, separate, facility specializing in decorative crafts. We sample each lot of food grade salt used in both the bath & body and gourmet products and have it analyzed and certified for content to ensure we can guarantee our standards of quality and safety in both of these product categories.
What this means, in short, is that whether you buy our gourmet products or our bath products, you’re receiving salt from a hygienic environment, and can use either product type both against your skin or for edible consumption. Each of our handcrafted products that includes our fair trade Himalayan salt, such as deodorant powders, soaks, or tooth powders, also makes use of only food grade salt.
So whether you’re in the market for a gourmet salt product, one of our bath & body or therapy products, keep in mind that they are both versatile in their uses. For example, you could purchase a 55 lbs. package of coarse or fine salt and use it in both the bathroom and the kitchen.
Himalayan salt platters are good for more than just displaying your tasty treats. In fact, cooking on Himalayan salt is fun, and it makes your finished product taste even better! Take a look at these tips and facts before you start cooking to ensure you’re getting the most out of your Himalayan salt platter. Make a full meal, or turn a basic appetizer into an unforgettable experience. After all, why use a plain serving tray when you can serve on a dramatic-looking salt platter?
You’ll Wind Up Imparting a Salty Seasoning
Cooking on Himalayan salt is a great way to inject more flavor into your foods because some of the salt will naturally rub off onto whatever you’re cooking. You’ll want to be careful not to over-salt your food, though. If you’ve got foods that are moist — like steaks and vegetables — cut those thinly before you place them on a Himalayan salt platter. That way, they can cook quickly, before they have a chance to take on too much salt.
Tap Into the Power of Oil
If you’ve got food that simply can’t be sliced and you still want to cook it on Himalayan salt, oil can be extremely helpful. By pouring a thin layer onto your Himalayan salt platter first, you’ll create a buffer between the food and the salt. As an added benefit, the oil will make your Himalayan salt platters easier to clean later.
It’s Perfect for Seafood
If you want to really enjoy shrimp, scallops, and other small pieces of seafood, cook them on Himalayan salt. The salt will get into your seafood during the cooking process, giving you a meal that tastes fresh from the sea.
You’re Not Limited to Hot Cooking
Sure, a good Himalayan salt platter will be able to withstand sitting on top of your grill or gas range (if you’re using an electric grill, place a wok ring — or something similarly-shaped — underneath the salt so that it doesn’t sit directly on the burner). However, these slabs are just as effective in your freezer. They’ll give you a quick, easy way to freeze homemade ice cream, and the presentation you’ll get to make when you’re ready for dessert will be dramatic and enjoyable!
Don’t want to expend that much energy? Instead, place raw vegetables, sushi, or other appetizers onto a Himalayan salt platter that’s been chilled in the fridge. Since these slabs can retain a chill for several hours, they’re perfect for serving up things that need to be cold!
Be Sure to Temper Your Platter Before the First Use
Whether you’re on the grill or the stove, Himalayan salt platters need to be heated gradually so that they don’t crack. Yes, this means cooking on Himalayan salt takes a little longer at first, but the finished product is well worth it.
Instructions & Uses
Why Use a Salt Mortar & Pestle?
When herbs are dehydrated, the oils and flavor molecules are greatly diminished. When you crush fresh leaves and stems, it helps release the flavor and scents to their fullest. The salt helps the extraction process of flavor from the cells in the plant.
What Can You Do With a Himalayan Salt Gourmet Bowl?
Thanks to its pretty pink color, a Himalayan salt gourmet bowl will look great just sitting on a shelf all by itself. However, these bowls aren’t just another pretty face. If you want to make the most out of yours, try using it for the following:
Cooking – Since Himalayan salt can withstand very high temperatures — and even a trip inside your oven — use your bowl to make fondue. Whether you opt for chocolate, cheese, or some other delicious fondue recipe, your Himalayan salt bowl will be the perfect baking and serving dish. Himalayan salt can also withstand being frozen, so use your bowl to stir up a batch of frozen custard. It can go from the freezer to the table for a dramatic dessert presentation.
Serve Appetizers – Because these bowls impart a light salt flavor into whatever’s in them, they’re perfect for adding a little extra kick to appetizers like guacamole, salsa, and hummus.
Storing Fruit – Himalayan salt retains both hot and cold temperatures evenly – and for long periods of time – so you’ll be able to count on your gourmet bowl to keep fruits cold and crisp throughout your entire dinner party.
Serving Condiments – Want a totally unique butter dish? Just stick a Himalayan salt gourmet bowl on the table! You can also use one of these bowls to serve up sour cream, ketchup, mustard, and any other condiment you plan on using.
Replace Your Gravy Boat – Gravy boats are designed to be easily pour-able, but they don’t do anything to keep the gravy warm. So, stick your gravy and other sauces in a Himalayan salt bowl instead. If you heat the bowl up in the oven first, it will be able to keep your gravy warm for hours, right on the table.
Holding Candles – Himalayan salt gourmet bowls aren’t just about food. If you want to use yours away from the kitchen, stick a candle in it. The flame will accentuate the bowl’s unique color, and you’ll wind up with a soothing, relaxing glow.
Heating up Massage Balls – After a trip to the oven, your Himalayan salt bowl will be the perfect storage spot for your massage balls. That way, the massage you’ve been looking forward to will be even better!
Use & Serving Instructions Before the first heated cooking use, be sure to heat our Himalayan Salt Bowl over low flame for roughly 7 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the bowl to cool for 5 minutes. Heat the bowl again for 10 minutes then proceed to making your recipe. If you are using an electric range, place on a diffuser so the bowl isn’t touching the heating element (at least ½ inch above the stove).
To serve cold dishes, simply place the bowl in the freezer for 2-4 hours. Serve ice cream, fruit, cold deserts.
Care Salt is durable, long-lasting and naturally anti-bacterial so care and upkeep is easy. Simply wipe clean with a damp cloth and dry between each use. You may use a soft brush to remove any food particles left behind. Do not put in a dishwasher or leave in standing water or the salt will erode.
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