Founded in 2017, the Dorset Sea Salt Company is helmed by Jethro, an obsessed sea salt fanatic. After reading about the historic and cultural relevance of salt production in Dorset, and visiting the natural salt pans on the East Weares of Portland, Jethro pondered how and why this local industry had vanished. This idea affected him so immensely that he began to conceptualise, and envisage the revival of Dorset’s local Sea Salt scene.
With mentorship, and a small loan from the Prince’s Trust (a charity that helps young people get into work) Jethro founded the Dorset Sea Salt Company. The Dorset Sea Salt Company aims to fill this void in local industry by marrying both ancient and new production methods. The aim is to preserve the traditional methods of the industry, but at the same time shroud it in an ethical, and ecological ethos. The result of this concoction is exceptional sea salt. Every small batch harvested is part of the wider mission grounded in craftsmanship, locality, and quality.
We believe we produce something extra special here at the Dorset Sea Salt Company. Like you, we care about where our food comes from. We hand-harvest our sea salt from Britain’s purest waters along the Jurassic coastline. This renders our sea salt the cleanest, purest, and freshest sea salt on the market, offering a distinct taste of Dorset.
We love Dorset, and the spectacular coastline it provides. Due to the world famous and unique geology of the Jurassic coast, our sea salt possesses a distinct mineral profile. Rich with vital minerals, our sea salt is a healthy alternative to table salt which is laden with additives and anti-caking agents.
Our sea salt flakes pack a punch! Because we retain the unique mineral composition of the Jurassic Coast in our sea salt, we recommend using 30% less than normal, and then work up to your taste.
From Sea to Table:
We collect our mineral rich, and super clean sea water from the Atlantic by hand. This is so we can be sure that our raw material has the correct amount of salinity. After we collect the sea from our favourite spot, we then pass it through a triple filtering system, developed and designed to preserve all the goodness from the Jurassic Coast.
After producing a concentrated brine, we watch the sea salt flakes form in our gently heated pans. This is a truly magical moment, and we will never cease to be amazed. The flakes perform an almost dance like motion on the surface of the pan, and then precipitate to the depths like a gentle snow drift. We then carefully, and expertly select the perfect moment for the ice-like flakes to be hand harvested from our pans. This is the crucial moment.
The last phase is to drain and dry the sea salt in our closely monitored drying rooms. This is paramount in creating the perfect texture of the sea salt that offers an explosive but gentle crunch to our foods.
Each small, treasure-like batch of sea salt we create takes devotion, care and love. We value the human element of production, this is the only way we ensure a top grade, gourmet sea salt. Every stage of the production process is finely monitored and scrutinised, even though this can sometimes be slow, we believe perfection cannot be rushed or hurried. All the fruits of our labour here at the Dorset Sea Salt Company are grounded in craftsmanship, locality, and quality. Give your food a taste of Dorset.
Our process for making the brine combines the three most recognised sources of renewable energy: Biomass, Wind and Solar.
To maintain a constant temperature – of our extracted Jurassic Coast sea water – of approximately 70 degrees Celsius, we use two large highly efficient Biomass boilers which are fuelled from locally responsibly sourced virgin forest and arboricultural residues.
As this chip is burned the carbon dioxide emitted is the same amount that was absorbed over the years that the trees were growing. This process is sustainable as long as new saplings are planted to grow in place of those trees that have been used for fuel. There are of course carbon emissions generated during cultivation, harvesting, processing and transport of the fuel but as long as the fuel is locally sourced the emissions are estimated to be as much as 92% less than the emissions if we were to use fossil fuels.