What is Flake Salt and What is it Used For?
Compared to granulated salt, flake salts will stick better to food, dissolve faster, and blend more evenly.
Flake salt is a common category of salt distinguished by the unique, flattened shape of flaked salt crystals. Flake salts are generally created by mechanically compressing standard granulated salt crystals, which are originally cubic in shape. These new, flat crystals have a larger surface area and lower bulk density than granulated salt, which enables it to perform differently in food applications. 1
Compared to granulated salt, flake salts will stick better to food, dissolve faster, and blend more evenly. It is also highly sought after by chefs and culinary experts in kitchens around the world due to its “pinchable” texture, meaning it’s easier to crush between your fingertips and deliver better seasoning control. 1 Because of these differentiated characteristics, flake salt is especially favorable for a wide variety of food processing and foodservice applications. For instance, flake salt is ideal for koshering meat, since its larger surface area makes it better for absorption. It also works exceptionally well in fried and topical applications due to its stronger adherence and visual appeal.1
Cargill Salt, a leading flake salt supplier, has a wide selection of flake salts and kosher salts to choose from. Learn more about our Alberger®, FlakeSelect®, and Premier™ Brand Flake Salts here: https://www.cargill.com/food-beverage/na/premier-brand-flake-salts
- Cargill Proprietary Research