Honey Atkinson

SALT

Honey Atkinson
SALT

WORDS + PHOTOS HONEY ATKINSON


 

The path to living a more ethical and sustainable life sure can be a bumpy one. I’ve made plenty of changes with how I shop, eat and think about food and sometimes I feel pretty good about these decisions. Then one day you read an article that slaps you in the face and reminds you that life isn’t static. We must all keep reassessing our decisions as we discover and further educate ourselves on different topics.

I experienced this only recently when I read an article on Himalayan Rock Salt and discovered that what I had previously thought was a good, healthy choice for my family was in fact damaging in many other ways. I admit that I had previously heard or read statements somewhere (perhaps on social media) about the way that this salt is mined and concerns over child labor, but I had never really taken the time to investigate these claims further. But after reading a new article and researching the topic, I can say that I won’t be purchasing this salt again.

I could feel bad about all the salt I’ve bought in the past, but that isn’t going to fix anything. All I can do is change my future purchasing habits to make better, more ethical buying decisions.

 
 
Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.
— Maya Angelou
 
 

I use quite large quantities of salt, particularly with all the fermenting and preserving we do, so I needed to find some good alternatives. I posted about my dilemma on our Instagram page, knowing that our knowledgeable followers would have some suggestions for me …which of course they did!

Here are some of the great options I have found available to us here in Australia…

MURRAY RIVER

Sourced from underground aquifers in the Mourquong Salt Mitigation Basin and packaged in Mildura, Victoria, Australia.

Notes: great ethos though not as easy to source larger quantities which makes it a more expensive option compared to the other suggestions below.

OLSSON'S SALT

Sourced from salt pans in Whyalla, South Australia.

Notes: great ethos and good price point.

MT ZERO OLIVES

Sourced from salt lakes in Western Victoria, packaged in Tottenham, Western Victoria, Australia.

Notes: great ethos and good price point.

We also had a suggestion to make your own sea salt from sea water. We did a bit of googling and found an article on this with seemingly very simple and easy to follow instructions. We haven’t tried it ourselves yet, but if you do, please let us know how you go!

http://www.dinnerwithjulie.com/2012/03/31/homemade-sea-salt/