Letting Salt Just Be Salt: Amagansett Sea Salt Co.

Our VideosBy Liza de Guia on Aug 20, 2012
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“I was very surprised when we first went into this that no one was making salt in New York, and very few on the East Coast; but, as we’ve become more involved in the business, I think there are very few people who are crazy enough to start a project like this.”

Meet Steven and Natalie Judelson, sea-salt fanatics and husband & wife team behind Amagansett Sea Salt Co. in Long Island, NY.  They are New York State’s only sea salt makers and one of only four artisan salt makers on the entire Eastern Seaboard.

The Judelsons’ love of salts came naturally: they’ve always preferred savory over sweet, a preference that got them addicted to tasting and collecting all-natural sea salts over 20 years ago. What they learned is that real salts, salts not heavily processed in factories, don’t all taste the same. They have their own unique “terroir” – nuanced flavors that give a product a special sense of place. So, given their fascination and proximity to the ocean, they started making their own sea salt, for fun, out of their beach home in Amagansett. Over the past ten years, Steven has slowly perfected his homemade sea salt harvesting and “farming operation”, to the point where in 2009, they took “a leap of faith” and decided to share their passion with others.

Right now, Amagansett Sea Salt Co. offers 10 different sea salt blends. You can find them in various farmers markets out in the Hamptons, or at specialty stores, like Shelsky’s Smoked Fish, here in New York City. I recommend trying the East Hampton Blend with Herbes de Provence. It goes great with eggs, grilled seafood and meats. I also really like their Montauk Blend with lemon zest, which is a nice compliment to vegetables and fruits, and also goes great as a salt rim for margaritas.

Enjoy Steven and Natalie’s story! I think you’ll be surprised how much work and beauty goes into salting up your food.

Thanks for watching food. curated.! Happy eating!

Comments

  1. Anton says:

    This is a great video!

  2. What a labor of love! Looks like back-breaking work indeed… I actually bought my first jar of pink Himalayan salt last week. Really excited about it! Would also love to try their Far East End Blend… Now you got me intrigued!

    Very entertaining feature — Cheers to Natalie, Steven, and to you too, Lisa! :)

  3. Nicks says:

    Amazing video …this video just made me think that there is lot of opportunities one can do to become self employee other than trying the traditional way which everyone is trying !!!

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