“It is a true saying that a man must eat a peck of salt with his friend before he knows him” — Miguel de Cervantes, ‘Don Quixote’
The Syracuse Salt Company began with David & Libby – a father and daughter duo.
Born and raised in Syracuse, NY, David grew up in the industrial town endearingly nicknamed the ‘Salt City’ way back in the 18th century. Traveling around the city in the winter months (which are about 9 months out of the year), it quickly becomes apparent where the quirky name originated from. Along Onondaga Lake, known as ‘Salt Lake’ in the 1600s, the roads look as though they are paved in white. Surprisingly, this is often not from the snow itself which Syracuse is known for, but rather the salt springs found along the shores of the lake.
Growing up, Libby could often be found in the kitchen with David cooking or baking, though unfortunately without much success. Libby did not inherit David’s talent for creating something out of nothing, but did often enjoy the fruits of his labor. This skill of David’s evolved into a passion for trying out new flavors and unconventional dishes. He quickly realized that the secret to this type of experimentation could be found in different variations of salt – be they finishing salts, Himalayan salts, or varying types of flake and sea salts. After reading up on the history of salt and conducting fairly extensive research on the subject (more on that here), he began sampling various exotic flavors and recruited Libby into trying new dishes. However, they both felt that there was a wider audience to be reached with this fairly well-kept secret. Thus, Syracuse Salt Company was born.
Salt City Flake
We are thrilled to be able to offer our newest and most exciting salt: Salt City Flake. Following 4 years pursuing, researching, and testing, we are now prepared to bring the storied salt industry back to Central New York.
From a brine well more than 280 feet underground comes this clean and crisp flake salt loaded with healthy minerals just waiting to dress up your food. The brine comes from the deep waters flowing below ground from the South of Syracuse, dissolving salt along the way like it has for thousands of years.
In order to produce this beautiful flake, we evaporate the water slowly, leaving behind a pure, snow white flake loaded with minerals. It is sifted to a uniform size and hand packed for your use as a finishing or ingredient salt. As an added benefit, because the salt comes from a well, there is no risk of micro plastics as with some sea salts.
Perfect For: Eggs, Potatoes, Popcorn, Mixed Drinks, Snack Mixes, BBQ
Rosemary Infused Sea Salt
Perfect For: Potatoes, Chicken, Soups, Sauces, Herbed Butter, Salads, Enhanced Desserts
Roasted Garlic Sea Salt
Perfect for: Potatoes, Chicken, red meat, salads, eggs, Vegetables