Pink Himalayan salt is rock salt extracted from the Himalayan region of Northern Pakistan. The pinkish color of the mineral is due to trace mineral impurities within the rock. It is mostly used in Asian cooking as table salt, though it is also widely used as a natural material for food presentation and cooking, decorative lamps, and bath treatments. It can be found in Pakistan's mountainous areas and is relatively inexpensive.
The mineral is relatively new to the market and many consumers are still not familiar with this type of salt. When this salt is produced in large quantities it becomes a sought-after product by cooks around the world. In addition to being used for cooking it can also be used in other types of applications including decorative items and spa treatments. It can even be used for laboratory experiments and as an alternative fuel for vehicles.
Pink Himalayan salt can be very hard when dry. To prepare it into a usable form for use as table salt or culinary ingredient one must first remove all the impurities from the salt. The impurities include any solid particles that have been deposited on the surface or inside of the rock while being formed during the formation of the rock itself. This makes it difficult for most people to make their own salt at home. Instead, they will purchase a pre-made salt mixture to use for their cooking.
In addition to being an important aspect of the production of the salt, impurities can also be removed from the rock to make it usable for cooking. It would be very expensive for a manufacturer to continually mine the rock and add new deposits to the rock each time a new type of cooking is to be performed. In this way, the salt can be made available to cooks all over the world at any given time.
There are several methods that a manufacturer uses to extract Himalayan pink salt from the rock. Most manufacturers use mechanical equipment which involves using pressurized steam to blast the rock with heated air. The stone is then blown out of the rock and into a collection container to be used for cooking purposes. These containers are then sent to the company's facilities for processing and shipping.
The process of making salt is very similar to the production of white sea salt. Although the color of white sea salt and Himalayan pink salt can vary greatly depending upon where the rocks were mined, both minerals have similar characteristics. It takes a great deal of skill and expertise to separate the different minerals.
The process used to separate the two types of salt begins with the removal of impurities from the rock by mechanical means. This includes blasting out the salt with high pressure to force it out into a collection container or bag. Then the rock is mixed with water and dissolved in a laboratory rat to produce a solution. This solution can then be further refined by using ultrasonic and other type of processes to remove any impurities left in the rock.
When processed into salt, the rock is stored in a temperature-controlled environment to keep it from absorbing moisture. After it is ready for sale it can be packaged and shipped. The manufacturer or retailer will then package the salt to the consumer in bags in order to provide them with the salt that they need for their kitchen or spa needs. Many retailers have a standard price listed for Himalayan pink salt and can be purchased in bulk quantities to make it more affordable to the consumer. Himalayan pink salt has long been popular as an ingredient in food preparations and other cooking needs.