Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some answers to common questions. If you have any other questions, please contact us at (800) 367-7258.

Is Real Salt different than other sea salts?

Absolutely! In addition to  its unique protection from pollutants in today’s oceans, Real Salt won Best of Show in a professional taste test of top gourmet natural salts. But you don’t have to take our word for it — experience the Real Salt® difference yourself!

Take the Real Salt taste test…First taste Real Salt, then try any other salt. The difference will amaze you!

Is Real Salt sea salt?

Real Salt is nature’s first sea salt.  During the earth’s Jurassic era, a sea covered much of what is now North America. Over time the water in this sea evaporated, leaving the salt in a vast deposit in central Utah. Eventually a range of volcanoes erupted around the ancient seabed, sealing the salt and trace minerals under a protective layer of bentonite clay. Geologically, the Real Salt deposit has been perfectly protected from erosion and modern pollutants, which is why we’re able to bring you Real Salt today.

Is Real Salt more expensive?

Even when used liberally, a family of four will likely use only one 26 oz. pouch of Real Salt® every five to six months. So actually, the daily cost of Real Salt® is less than a penny. Given the high cost of food these days and the fact that salt is the primary ingredient responsible for taste in food, it makes sense to use something natural that really enhances-rather than masks-the natural flavor of foods! Additionally, the rich savour of Real Salt means using less salt.

Where does Real Salt come from?

Real Salt is an all-natural sea salt taken from an ancient sea bed in Central Utah. Since none of us were around to tell you exactly how the salt deposit formed, we turned to geologists for answers.

According to geologists, the Real Salt deposit is the remnant of an ancient inland sea, probably part of what they call the Sundance Sea, which places the deposit within the Jurassic Period. Over time, the salt that settled at the bottom of the sea was trapped within the earth and then pushed up near the surface close to the town of Redmond, Utah.

The deposit occurs with over 60+ natural trace minerals which gives the salt its unique color, unique flavor, and numerous health benefits.  Because the Real Salt deposit comes from an ancient sea bed, nature created the salt long before the earth experienced any pollution or contaminants that are troubling our oceans today.

The Real Salt deposit begins about 30 feet below the surface, covered by a layer of bentonite clay, which has protected it from erosion and from the possibility of modern contamination.

The mining process

Real Salt is currently harvested about 300 feet below the surface of the earth. The deposit is huge, so we carefully follow the food-grade veins and harvest the salt using carbide-tipped equipment that basically scrapes the salt off the walls of the mine. From there, the salt is screened and crushed to size before being shipped to our food-grade facility in Northern Utah. Real Salt is packaged after passing through a final automatic screening to be sure no metal residue or contaminants were introduced during the process.

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What are the colored specks in Real Salt?

Real Salt’s unique “pinkish” appearance and flecks of color come from more than 60 natural trace minerals, including iodine. The black specks are manganese, another important mineral. By contrast, other common “table salts” are white because of bleaching and refining.

We had an independent lab create a Real Salt Mineral Analysis to determine which trace minerals appear in Real Salt.

What is Real Salt?

As its name implies, Redmond Real Salt® is, well, real salt. “Real salt, as opposed to what?” Very simply, Real Salt® as opposed to the “salt” most people unsuspectingly use.

It may surprise many people, but in its natural form, salt is not sparkly white or free flowing. Actually, the “table salt” and many sea salts most people are familiar with have been bleached, refined, and mixed with anti-caking agents and iodine. Many “table salts” also contain sugar in the form of dextrose–meant to cover or disguise an otherwise harsh and bitter flavor. In fact, a quick glance at the ingredients label on most “table salt” products might surprise you! In addition to sodium chloride, you’ll probably find calcium silicate or sodium silicoaluminate, dextrose, and potassium iodide.

By contrast, Redmond Real Salt® is real salt–unrefined and natural–free from any additives or chemicals of any kind. It’s salt exactly the way nature made it!