How do you cook on a salt block?


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Cook on a salt block by heating the block in the oven and placing meat or fish on the hot block. It is also possible to use a salt block on a barbecue grill or to freeze the block to create dessert items such as ice cream and custard.

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How do you cook on a salt block?
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Manufacturers usually use Himalayan pink crystal salt to make salt blocks. The salt has a high specific energy, allowing it to hold temperature consistently and for long periods of time. Salt blocks are also non-porous and contain very little moisture, meaning that heating and cooling them to extreme temperatures does not damage them.

Cooking on a salt block gives a mild saltiness to the food being prepared. Aside from heating the block in an oven, a salt block works in a similar manner as a metal skillet. Place the salt over a gas stove burner, and then cook steak or fish on the surface of the block. For dessert, place the salt block over a grill or gas burner, and cook bananas on it. Turn off the grill, douse with a high-alcohol liquor, and light with a match for a flambe. The salt imparted by the block enhances the sweetness of the bananas.

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