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What is a Salt Plate? A Unique Gift Idea

Updated on December 11, 2011

Himalayan Pink Salt Plate/ Rectangular

Himalayan Pink Salt Plate/Round

Using a Salt Plate

A salt plate is a heathful, creative and unique way to serve certain kinds of foods. If you like to entertain and want a new way to present your food, you may want to try a salt plate.

A salt plate is a hand-cut block of pink salt. It may be rectangular, square, round, cut in a brick shape, or it may be cut into a random slab; it can have a smooth surface or a natural rough surface. This is a new way to serve seafood, vegetables, and much more, by putting the food directly on the block of salt.

Where does the salt come from?

The salt is Himalayan Pink Salt. It is said to be harvested from ancient sea salt deposits in the Himalayan Mountain Range. It has been crystalized for more than 200 million years. The ancient sea beds were covered by volcanic lava which protected them from pollution; this means that the Himalayan Pink Salt may be the purest salt on earth.

How is this salt beneficial?

This salt contains 84 beneficial trace minerals. These minerals are believed to be an aid in detoxifying the body and an aid in digestive health.

This salt is healthier than the processed table salts sold most often in the supermarket as it is completely unprocessed and free of any additives. When using it to serve food, it can serve as an every day replacement for table salt.

Further, due to their salt composition, the salt plates are anti-microbial by nature.

How are they used?

You can heat them in the oven to sear or cook such items as fish, or thinly sliced beef. The dense salt slabs cook with near perfect heat distribution. They then impart a mild taste to your foods.

In addition to heating them in an oven they can also be heated on top of a range, or used on a barbecue grill.

You can also chill them in the refrigerator and set them out to be serving trays for fruits, sushi, sashimi, cheeses, and vegetables. I have eaten sushi in restaurants here in NYC served on these salt slabs. They acquire a very delicate taste.

You can also freeze them and then use them to serve sorbets.

How long do they last?

They are easily maintained by rinsing, patting dry (some manufacturers recommend air-drying) and putting away. A Himalayan Pink Salt Plate should last for several years.

How much do they cost?

Depending on the shape and size I've seen prices on the internet ranging from:

- $35.00 for a Round Salt Plate, both the natural finish (about 5 pounds) and the smooth finish (about 4 pounds) to a high of -

- $83.00 for a Rectangular Salt Slab (8 x 15 x 1.5)

- A square one is about $35.00 -

- and if you would just like to try it and see if you like it you can buy a brick for about $17.00.

Where can they be found?

They can be purchased here in NYC at Dean and DeLuca

Or they can be purchased at SurLaTable

They can also be purchased from both stores online as well as a few other stores online.

For other creative ways to serve food see the links below:

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      benny Faye Douglass 7 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      Your hub on the salt plate was amazing, Never heard of a salt plate but you learn something every day. thanks for the info. have a blessed day. creativeone59

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I just love this idea creativeone59!

      This is so unique and I will invest in one. We need salt minerals to live - why not get it this way?

      Thanks so much for your comment.

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      ralwus 7 years ago

      Well this is a new one on me too. i must check this out in future. Gee thanks for the info.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Hello ralwus!

      I just love coming across these new and unique ideas. It all just makes so much sense.

      And you are welcome!

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 7 years ago

      BkCreative,

      You continue to amaze with your creative innovative ideas.

      I definitely will check into this one.

      Kudos for another great hub!

      Blessings

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thank you DeBorrah K. Ogans!

      Thanks for your kind words. I do appreciate you taking the time to come and read and comment.

      I value your opinion!

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      Alfreta Sailor 7 years ago from Southern California

      This was so interesting. I've never heard of this before, but, I am going to look into this. Thanks so much for this enlightening hub. Bookmark time!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Hello fastfreta! -

      I always love and value your comments! I'm

      so glad you found this interesting. Some things just grab my attention like this salt plate. I'd like to have one for the holidays to come - make my table more exciting.

      Thanks so much for visiting!

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      June G 7 years ago

      Well this is new and a great gift idea.

      I'd like one for myself. Thank you for the information.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome June G. This will defintely go on my list of gifts to give. It's not toxic or wasteful. I'll get one myself to use to serve for my gathering and holidays!

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      Veronica Allen 7 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for becoming a fan of mine! I've just been reading through your hubs and hands down, this is my favorite one. This information was new to me. I just love new and random facts such as these.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I so enjoyed your hubs and left some comments - had to become a fan too!

      This pink salt plate is so cool, such a good idea. I, too, love new things that are good and random facts! (I like your random facts)!

      I'll be keeping up with you!

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      josephine 7 years ago

      I have a salt plate, but never took the time to read the instructions........thanks, maybe I will take it out for the upcoming holidays.

      My family need something new to talk about at the dinner table beside each others, with this they can say ' how cool I am' or maybe I have lost my mind since they probably have not heard of a ' salt plate '.....great idea......

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Josephine you are so cool is right!

      Hope you will share a photo or two and let me know how this works out for you. You can be the tester!

      Do pull it out and enjoy it!

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      Raggits 7 years ago

      this would be a great way to control you salt intake and keep blood pressure down. Delicate tastes are always better. Great hub!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks Raggits!

      The table salt we eat is just deadly - another cheap processed food product. This sounds like the right salt and just enough - delicate tastes as you say - sounds just right.

      A friend has one of these plates - I've asked her share her thoughts!

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      bryan 7 years ago

      I must have this.

      Bryan

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Bryan, please let me know when you get this and all the fun details. I know you are the great entertainer! Then I can write all about it.

      I just love this idea!

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      justmesuzanne 7 years ago from Texas

      What an interesting and healthful idea! :)

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So far justmesuzanne, one friend says she has one and my cousin said he is buying one - and I'm going to check back with them when they use it and write a report. I'll get one for my son and DIL - because we have family gatherings there!

      And yes, it is such an interesting and healthful idea!

      Thank you for writing!

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      Tracy711 7 years ago

      This is amazing I has no idea this even existed. I love to cook and bake so I will have to purchase one. I can't wait to try it out. I can imagine how delicious the meat must bake on this. And natural is always the best way to go. Thank you for sharing this wonderful idea. And also thank you for joining my fan club. I well enjoy reading more of your interesting hubs.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome Tracy711!

      I just love this idea too. And plan to give it now as gifts. I just like looking at it too. As soon as I get some feedback from friends who are running out to buy it - I'll have to write another hub and take photos.

      So unique! And yes I must keep up with your hubs so I had to join.

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      Aqua 7 years ago from California

      These are so cool! I have never heard of these salt plates before. I think I might have to get one of these. They also would really make unique gifts for those "hard to buy for" people we all know. Thanks so much for the great hub!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You're welcome - and I'm thinking the same thing for gift shopping during the upcoming holiday season!

      When they are used and I can get pictures I will write another hub. They still seem to be kind of unknown.

      Glad you like the idea and thanks for writing!

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      Ireno Alcala 7 years ago from Bicol, Philippines

      I should also ask about it. What the heck is a salt plate? A plate that is made up of salt; that's my first notion. Little did I know that it came from Himalayas. Well, if you look down at the Himalayan mountain ranges, when you're on a commercial plane, it looks like a dried up sea. You're really creative of finding this rare item, BKCreative. Thanks for enlightening us.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I found myself asking the same question, travel_man1971, when I saw it used to serve food so I had to look it up.

      Ah, thanks for the real traveling tip! - looking down at the Himalayan Mountain ranges. I'd do that!

      As always, I'm enjoying your articles!

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      theherbivorehippi 7 years ago from Holly, MI

      This is awesome!! I have never heard of such a thing!!! You always know about the coolest stuff. This is one of those "perfect gifts" for someone that has everything too!! Love it!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      It's still kind of unheard of theherbivorehippi - but it is soooo cool! Eventually, I'll get around to getting one and giving it as a gift.

      Wouldn't it be great at a cookout - and to serve sushi? Even summer fruits like watermelon. Mmmmmm.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      nadp 7 years ago from WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA

      Wow - very cool! I don't even remember which of your hubs I started on! I love this one - I'll trace my way back and comment on the others!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      What fun you are nadp - to surf around my hubs and here I run into you again - and get to thank you for commenting - and for your phenomenal hub about algebra - I need it for tutoring!

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      Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Hello BkCreative, I love this hub, and was wondering about these salt plates. I came across them not long ago, and had no idea what they were for. What a great idea! Thank you for sharing this great hub with us :)

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Hello oceansunsets! These salt plates still fascinate me and I love the creative people who come up with these ideas. Thanks for writing and I appreciate your compliment!

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      TheVacationLady 6 years ago from Everywhere

      I have never seen or heard of these! I must put one on my shopping list!

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I think you'll really be pleased TheVacationLady. Thanks for writing!

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      toknowinfo 6 years ago

      This was great and interesting. I never heard of a salt plate, but it seems like it would be great to cook food with. Amazing that it has uses after being refrigerated too. I use Himalayan pink salt that I get from Trader Joes. But I really like the idea of a salt plate. Thanks for this info.

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      BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Don't you just love this? I had no idea what it was when I first saw it in a Japanese restaurant.

      This is the height of fun entertaining.

      (Love the Himalayan pink salt too!) Glad you wrote!

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      luvintkandtj 5 years ago from USA

      I have never heard of salt plates. I want to order one to serve sashimi on. I think it would be beautiful and a great conversation piece

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      RunAbstract 3 years ago from USA

      I LOVE this Hub! I had never heard of a salt plate, and now can't wait to get one!

      Thanks so much!

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      BkCreative 3 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      luvintkandtj - it is such a clever idea. And great for a gift. Glad you like.

      RunAbstract - I came across it while reading a magazine. Hadn't heard of it before...or after! So it is still unique! Glad you like the hub.

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