• Alaska Pure Sea Salt of Sitka wins national recognition with magazine’s taste test award

 

Darcy and Jim Michener of Alaska Pure Sea Salt discuss their product with customers at the Sitka Farmers Market.

Darcy and Jim Michener of Alaska Pure Sea Salt discuss their product with customers at the Sitka Farmers Market.

AwardAlaskaPureSeaSaltAlaska Pure Sea Salt, which is manufactured in Sitka by the husband-wife team of Jim and Darcy Michener, recently received a 2013 Artisanal Taste Test Award from Cooking Light magazine.

The couple started making salt in April 2000 after finding sea salt crystals lining a pan of sea water they left overnight on a hot stove while enjoying their first anniversary at their remote cabin. They began returning to the cabin every April to make anniversary salt, and they began experimenting with the best way to get a pyramid crystal shape and with a variety of flavors and infusions. They began supplying local chefs with the sea salt in 2008, and in recent years expanded to start selling the sea salt at various shops around the country and local trade shows, such as the Sitka Farmers Market, Sitka Artisans Market,  and Sitka Seafood Festival, as well from its website’s online store.

KCAW-Raven Radio recently did a story about the Micheners winning the award and detailing their hand-made manufacturing process. According to Cooking Light magazine, the judges said:

It’s hard to know which is more divine; this salt’s texture or its vivid hue. The gorgeous flat flakes are delicate on the palate, shattering beautifully with the faintest pressure. It’s nice, clean salt flavor has just a hint of fruity acidity. Equally striking sprinkled on scallops, dusted on a cookie or clinging to the rim of a margarita glass.

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