Salt of the Earth by Dana Williams October 3, 2013 by Jill Foucre Leave a Comment Oy. Just when I thought there couldn’t possibly be room for another piece of cookware in this old kitchen, here I go again… My new fixation? My Himalayan Salt Plate from Charcoal Companion! It all started a little over two years ago when attending a trade show at the Merchandise Mart. While perusing the gourmet food section, we were intrigued by a fellow who was sampling a pork tenderloin that he was serving off a large opaque pink slab. It was incredible – juicy, perfectly seasoned with a nice char while not being in the least bit overdone. I was totally smitten with this simple, almost primeval, piece of equipment! The block he was demonstrating would have retailed for $100, a little steep for a “want vs need” piece, as I like to refer to this type of thing! This past summer we were able to procure salt plates from one of our grilling resources and we’re selling them at a great price – $35.95! Throw in a carrying tray for easy transport and you’re still under $55. I’ve used mine a half dozen times, on my gas cooktop and on the grill. The results are consistently delectable! The plate imparts subtle flavor onto food resulting in a milder flavor than when using ground salt. I’ve prepared pork, chicken and fish, using only freshly ground pepper as my seasoning. Vegetables are also delicious and so easy. Clean up only requires a quick rinse and a scraping of any residue created by your protein. The salt is naturally anti microbial and requires no cleaners. Whether you’re looking for an exciting new addition to your own cookware collection or a unique gift for a friend who loves to cook, the Himalayan Salt Plate and tray is a great healthy choice!