Himalayan pink salt is an extremely pure stone salt mined only from the Himalayan mountains in the country of Pakistan. The salt generally has a light pinkish color due to mineral impurities but can be found in a wide array of colors, including white and orange, browns, dark blues, deep purples, and even green and blue. It's most popular use is as industrial cooking salt, but is sometimes used in a variety of other products, including table salt and even as a fine food additive. These products can have very varying uses, and there are many manufacturers who take Himalayan salt and turn it into their own unique products.
Although the rock is in crystal form, it's still porous and can absorb moisture in its container, so that it must be packed very tightly to maintain its integrity. This makes it difficult to use as a cooking salt as it needs to be stored in an airtight container, or even a salt shaker that contains holes and air spaces.
If you do decide to store Himalayan salt in a salt shaker, make sure you have a large one, which can hold several hundred pounds. The best way to store it is in a box that contains a layer of air, like a glass jar. Also, keep in mind that Himalayan salt tends to be heavier than table salt (which is lighter) so it may have to be kept upright, rather than stacked on its side. Store it in a cool, dry place where it will not get wet or damp.
Himalayan pink salt can also be used on kitchen countertops. It's not nearly as hard as table salt and is very easy to use. Simply sprinkle it on the countertop, allowing it to sit for a few minutes before wiping it off with a clean cloth. If you have a lot of cooking, the extra moisture will evaporate quickly, leaving you with crystal salt on your counter. It's great for seasoning meats and seafood.
Himalayan salt may also be used on its own. In this case, you should first crush the salt and add it to water and mix it well. Then, just pour this mixture over your dishes and into any container. you want to serve the salt in. This salt is safe to use on just about any food that contains sea salt (salad dressings and dips, sauces, crackers, pizza toppings, etc.)
Some salt shakers include a special coating of salt that can help make it last longer. Most manufacturers will tell you to keep the salt in its container in a cool, dry place where it will not get damp. Even the most delicate of dishes will stay looking new if you keep the container in a cool, dry place (not near water).
Himalayan salt can also be used on many types of gemstone, such as sapphires, rubies, topaz, or emeralds. If you're interested in purchasing a piece of jewelry with an intricate design, then consider purchasing a jewelry set that includes Himalayan salt. You can purchase one of these pieces and have the design engraved or printed to ensure the color remains the same throughout the lifetime of the piece. This kind of finish gives the piece a special touch that is unique to you and that's certainly something to think about if you have a special piece.
With all of the natural beauty of this mineral, there is certainly no reason why it shouldn't be used in your kitchen. If you decide to get one for your own kitchen, make sure you know the proper way to use it and store it properly. You'll find that Himalayan salt can add a whole new dimension to your cooking experience.