In our health-conscious world today, seems like we try to reduce our salt intake as much as possible. But did you know that salt helps bring out other flavors in food? Used in moderation, it’s an essential part of any kitchen.

Spiceology in Tulsa has a large selection of salts, from sea salt to more exotic varieties. Marcy Gettys and her family have owned the shop, located in The Farm Shopping Center, for about three-and-a-half years. Of the many varieties of salt they carry, Gettys feels a few are vital for any home kitchen. Sea salt, iodized salt and a finishing salt or two are good choices.

“All salt comes from the sea, but are processed differently,” she says.

Sea salt (and kosher, too) are coarser grinds and are more mellow than the concentrated iodized. Because of the larger grind, it’s harder to use too much.

However, iodized has its place, too. Gettys suggests using it for baking because it is finer and dissolves better.

If you want to add extra flavor, texture and color, garnish your dish with a finishing salt. Pink Himalayan and black or white pyramid salts add interesting color and texture. If you’re after a final punch of flavor, smoked, balsamic, ghost pepper or Thai ginger salts are interesting options.

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