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I make a point of taking a few minutes to look around for the stuff whenever I go to a new supermarket / farmers market / ete etc and I haven't been able to find a source here. At the same time, I'm not wanting to import anything from the States, because it defeats the purpose of having a cheap supply of a goood salt.

Surely there is a place one can obtain Kosher salt in London, no?

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You could try Maldon Sea Salt, or similar supermarket sea salts. While not identical to kosher salt, they can be used in a similar way. Maldon is also is much cheaper in the UK than it is in the US (where it's an import).

It's not a product I can recall seeing in many UK stores.

  • I think this answer really gets to the main point. Most US recipes that ask for Kosher salt don’t need many of its specific qualities: they just need a decent-quality large-grain salt, and for most of the 20th century in most of the US, Kosher salt was the only option for this, so it became the term recipes use. So in the UK, a good sea salt will likely be the most appropriate option. – PLL Feb 19 '11 at 5:17
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    I think it's worth pointing out that it's the 'Maldon Sea Salt Flakes', specifically the 'flakes', that are the same as kosher salt... traditionally in the UK we know the term 'sea salt' more as rock salt that you'd see in salt grinders, whereas the natural characteristic pyramid shapes of flaked sea salt is the same as what Americans call 'kosher salt'. – dsample Oct 11 '12 at 22:20
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Kosher salt (or koshering salt) is a more American-known name for what we in Britain call flaked sea salt. It's not jewish or anything like that, it's just the kind of salt they use in the koshering process to draw the blood out of the animal. The difference with table salt (as explained by Alton Brown) is that sea salt is more naturally grown (like a wheat crop), and harvested rather than manufactured, and forms hollow pyramid shapes. These don't need any added ingredients (eg. desiccants) to stop them clumping, and you often don't need to use as much salt as you would do with table salt.

After watching practically all of the Alton Brown cooking show 'Good Eats', I've invested in a salt cellar/pinch pot similar to the one he uses and some Maldon Sea Salt Flakes. I bought a small box to begin with to make sure it was the same as the Diamond Crystal salt, and it is, so I've now bought a bigger box.

You'll find Maldon Sea Salt Flakes in the majority of british supermarkets (Tesco, Sainsburys, Waitrose all stock it), alongside the spices, usually on the lower shelves. The Maldon site also has a stockist list if you're interested.

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The answer on this page might help:

Anyhow just call up the butcher or a kosher grocer and ask where you get "kashering salt", not "kosher salt", it's the same thing used to make meat kosher after ritual slaughtering as it draws out the blood. Its totally pure. It also draws out the gunk from our noses which is why it's so good. And you can certainly get it in London in Hendon or Golder's Green.

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Try a Jewish delicatessen or jewish markets.

  • The OP is asking where to find such things, I think. This question is regional, but seeing the kind of store where MauriceL end up finding kosher salt at might be instructive to city dwellers. (Here in the northeast US, we get it in the supermarket.) – Neil Fein Aug 15 '10 at 0:43
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Golder's Green is a very Jewish neighborhood, and you can go to kosher markets there.

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Melbury and Appleton sell it on line. They have a minimum order level of £10 before VAT and postage. London customers can order on-line and collect from their warehouse which is at marlborough Road, Islington.

http://www.melburyandappleton.co.uk/kosher-salt---136kg-3-lb-9980-p.asp

I have not ordered anything from them myself but do need Kosher Salt for a recipe for Lemon Confit.

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In the UK, "kosher salt" is called "coarse salt", or sometimes "rock salt". If you ask for kosher salt in the UK, you'll get blank stares, because that isn't what we call it.

A popular brand in the UK is SAXA which makes a coarse sea salt. It's available in most supermarkets. Obviously this is not the only brand available, just the one I happen to have in my food cupboard which I photographed below. I am not affiliated with SAXA, nor am I making a brand recommendation here.

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    Sorry, but rock salt is not the same as what is known as 'Kosher salt'in the US. It's delicate 'flake sea salt' rather than hard rocks. – dsample Mar 23 at 23:02
  • We have flaked sea salt in the UK too. Maldon makes a popular brand. – Billy Kerr Mar 24 at 0:11
  • I know, that was in my answer from ~5½ years ago. I was only correcting the type of salt crystals, as it's not just coarse/rock salt. – dsample Mar 24 at 8:07
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Although it is likely true that so-called Kosher Salt got its name from Koshering meats (absorbing the blood of kosher slaughtered animals), outside of Jewish meanings, it currently means the salt has no Iodine-based additives. These additives were introduced into many countries to solve an old health issue (from Iodine deficiencies). The UK simply never did this (https://www.ukiodine.org/iodine-in-the-uk/), as a result, all salt in the UK is 'Kosher Salt'. The other connotation of the term Kosher Salt is that the salt crystals are large, i.e. 'rock salt' as us Brits call it. So far from needing to scour specialists, or ask for any particular brand of salt, just go to ANY supermarket in the UK and buy their cheapest rock salt (look on the bottom of the shelves where they keep the biggest and cheapest packets). All of our 'salt' in the UK is simply Sodium-Chloride, which, in eating terms for the consumer is simply pure 'salt'. If it says something else, like 'Lo-Salt' for example, THEN it's something else (Potassium-Chloride is mixed into Lo-Salt).

This is why there's no 'Kosher Salt' in the UK, we never messed with salt in the first place, and Kosher Salt is simply pure salt, so all salt in the UK would be considered 'Kosher Salt' in the US.

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    US "kosher salt" is large flake and also can (but usually doesn't) have iodine added. For many use cases the larger crystals are more significant than not being iodized, so stating "all salt in the UK" is equivalent to US kosher salt isn't always accurate. – Erica Mar 22 at 13:24

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