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How to Cook Like a “Seasoned” Professional

How to Cook Like a “Seasoned” Professional

Want a quick, easy, and affordable way to make your meals soar? Use flavor-infused salt! It easily adds flavor, color, and texture to almost anything you cook, both sweet and savory dishes. Big Plate is proud to carry a variety of flavors from Jacobsen Salt Co. Throughout their long history they’ve earned a reputation of quality products, fantastic selection, and a high standard of manufacturing that make them easy to partner with.  Here are the top six reasons you should cook with flavor-infused salts (and other products) from Jacobsen Salt Co.:

Reason #1: They are the salt EXPERTS. If you’re tired of ruining your dishes with bitter, industrial-produced table salt, give Jacobsen Salt Co. a try, as their products have garnered worldwide favor (by professional chefs and home cooks alike) for their beautiful presentation and pure taste. It’s a relatively small increase in what you’re already spending for a spectacular difference in flavor!

Reason #2: They have so many flavor-infused salts available. Their Black Garlic Salt is infused with house-fermented garlic, giving this superstar infusion a slightly sweet umami flavor that adds unexpected depth to practically anything; try it on scrambled eggs, pasta, bagels with lox, or any dish that just needs a little something more. The Cherrywood Smoked Salt is infused by cold-smoking the salt with cherry wood to smoky perfection; add it liberally to grilled salmon, fresh garden salads, or peaches and cream. Their Chili Lime Salt is infused with a blend of lime and savory spices for a bright seasoning with balanced heat, a bit of tartness, and a serious backyard siesta vibe; it’s perfect with fresh watermelon, grilled steak, and/or micheladas. The Habanero Salt is infused with ground habanero peppers for a smoky, spicy kick of heat. Add some excitement to grilled corn, carnitas, and margaritas. The Ghost Chili Salt is infused with ground ghost chilis for a fiery hit of flavor that lights up fresh mango, flank steak, and citrus-based cocktails. The Rosemary Salt is infused with fresh rosemary for a citrusy, herbaceous seasoning. Add a sprinkling to roasted lamb, focaccia, and shortbread cookies. The Garlic Salt is infused with ground and granulated garlic for a tasty addition to roasted chicken, crispy fingerling potatoes, and buttered dinner rolls.

Reason #3: Their process ensures a safe, clean product. Jacobsen Salt Co. tested water from over 25 locations before choosing the pristine Netarts Bay off the Oregon coast as their source. This location is far from run-off from any roads or nearby farms, and the company constantly monitors water conditions to ensure a clean and delicious product. Recently, a report indicated that microplastics are found in various table and sea salts from around the world. Jacobsen Salt Co.’s filtering process and strict standards ensure no microplastics are found in their salt products. Customers can salt freely, knowing products from Jacobson Salt Co. are pure and free of contaminants.


Reason #4: Their salts are harvested and processed in the U.S.A. Jacobsen Salt Co. was the first company to harvest salt in the Pacific Northwest since Lewis & Clark built their salt works in 1805. Since then it has transformed from a local, small business to a nationally recognized brand and is America’s leading salt maker.


Reason #5: The salts are harvested in a simple, hands-on process that yields the best quality product. Seawater is harvested from the cold, pristine waters of Netarts Bay on the Oregon Coast and is then filtered and stored in holding tanks. From there, the seawater is pumped into large boil tanks where excess minerals are removed and the seawater is reduced to a thick brine. The brine is carefully heated using custom-made pans, creating beautiful flake sea salt. The flakes are gently scooped from the pans and put onto racks for drying. Once dry, every flake of salt is hand-graded and sorted. After sorting it’s sent to Jacobsen Salt Company’s Portland facility for packaging and distribution.


Reason #6: They offer different kinds of salt for your different culinary needs. Jacobsen Salt Co.’s flake salt is perfect for finishing and providing a burst of salinity with pleasant texture. Their pink Himalayan salt is perfect for everyday cooking, roasting, brining, pickling, and seasoning. And their flavor-infused salts (see Reason #2) bring a variety of flavors to any dish.


Big Plate is proud to carry the Jacobsen Salt Co. line. Come see us or shop our website to add these delicious flavor-infused salts (and other Jacobsen Salt Co. products) to your pantry and let them take your favorite dishes to the next level!

To inspire you, here’s a recipe for Chicory Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing. Crisp, fresh, and colorful, this salad is a delicious and healthy dish for any time of year. We recommend making extra honey mustard dressing to have on hand for enjoying on chicken, pork, and fresh greens.



Chicory Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Makes 4-6 Servings


1 cup pecans

¼ cup sherry vinegar or red wine vinegar

¼ cup whole grain mustard

2 tablespoons honey

1 head of escarole, leaves separated and torn

1 head of radicchio, leaves separated and torn

¼ cup thinly sliced chives

Extra-virgin olive oil (for drizzling)

Jacobsen Salt Pink Himalayan Salt

Jacobsen Tellicherry Peppercorns


Preheat oven to 350°. Toast pecans on a rimmed baking sheet, tossing once with a turner, until slightly darkened and fragrant, 6–8 minutes. Let cool; crush or coarsely chop.

Whisk vinegar, mustard, and honey in a large bowl to combine. Wash, dry, and tear escarole and radicchio. Add escarole, radicchio, chives, and half of the pecans to dressing. Drizzle with oil, season with Pink Himalayan Salt and lots of pepper, and toss with a pair of salad hands to coat. Top salad with remaining pecans. Serve and enjoy!

Like this recipe? Jacobsen Salt Co. has lots more.


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