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What's the Difference Between the Real Salt Grain Sizes?

By Redmond Life


Article at a Glance:

  • Redmond Real Salt comes in four different variations of grain sizes: fine, kosher, coarse, and powder.
  • No matter what grain size you use, you'll get the same health benefits but each variation has a unique way of enhancing your recipes.
  • In the salt world kosher salt refers to the grain size, but Real Salt products are also kosher certified for religious use.
  • Real Salt Ancient Fine Salt is Redmond's most popular grain size and can be used in any recipe or on top of any meal. When in doubt, opt for Fine Salt.

Salt is...well...salt, and that’s about all there is to say about it, right? It’s just that white stuff on the table at every diner that makes food taste better?

No way!

While generic, white table salt might be the most popular and familiar type of salt to us Americans, it’s not even remotely the only kind of salt, and far from the best type of salt. In fact, thinking of salt as “white, iodized, table salt” is a colossal overgeneralization. If you’ve been used to thinking of salt in this way, get ready to have your world rocked.

All of Redmond Real Salt is harvested in large rocks from the same ancient sea bed in Utah and contains the same trace minerals. Regardless, there are still several variations of salt.

How can this be?

The variations in types of salt doesn’t lie within its inherent chemical and mineral structure, but rather in its grain size. After Redmond Real Salt is harvested, it’s ground down to a particular grain size, giving different types of salt different textures, sizes, and uses.

All of the pink sea salt at Redmond is mined from the same ancient sea bed in Utah, never processed or chemically-treated, and rich with 60 different trace minerals. It’s also recommended by fitness experts, medical professionals, and top chefs for its exquisite flavor and unrefined minerals. The only difference in our salt variations is the grain size. No matter what kind of salt you purchase, you’ll experience the same health benefits. However, different grain sizes play a significant and diverse role in cooking. You will want to pick the right grain size, depending on how you want to use your salt.

This article will take a deeper dive into four of the different, mineral-rich types of salt harvested by Redmond Real Salt. These salts include fine, kosher, coarse, and powder.

Real Salt grain size comparison chart

Grain Size: Fine

Fine salt is Redmond Real Salt’s most commonly used salt, and it’s the best-selling sea salt in health food stores in America. You can use Redmond's fine salt in any situation where you would use everyday table salt. It’s excellent for seasoning your dishes when you’re done cooking and want to add a healthy mineral to bring out the flavor of your food. Fine salt is also the perfect option to add to a pot of boiling water to get it to boil faster (yay chemistry!), season your pasta (FYI: Italians never cook pasta without salt), or add minerals to your dish.

Most sweet baking recipes call for a pinch of salt. Fine salt is the perfect grain size to add to any cookie, brownie, or other baked good that calls for salt.

Fine-grained salt is available to purchase in salt shakers of various sizes, refill pouches, and even in a bulk bucket and bag. If you’re looking for the perfect everyday salt, Redmond’s fine salt is your best bet.

Grain Size: Kosher

Let’s get the most confusing element of Redmond’s kosher salt out of the way first. Every single grain size of Redmond Real Salt is kosher certified and safe for use for religious reasons. If you need a certified kosher salt, feel free to use fine, kosher, coarse, or powdered Redmond Real Salt.

Kosher, in this context, refers to the actual grain size, which is slightly larger than fine salt, and similar in size to other kosher salts on the market. Redmond’s kosher salt should be a staple in every pantry in America, especially if you’re a meat-eater. Kosher salt is the best salt to season meat because it pulls proteins out from the inside, resulting in a perfect caramelization as you cook. Other grains of salt will make your meat taste great, but kosher salt will help you cook it to perfection, without having to worry about an over-salty flavor.

Kosher salt isn’t just for meat-lovers. Kosher salt is also the perfect addition to steamed vegetables, soft-baked pretzels, baked potatoes, edamame, and...wait for it...margaritas. Yum.

Grain Size: Coarse

Redmond coarse salt is one of the bigger grains of salt that we sell. Most people will put coarse salt into a grinder. In fact, our coarse salt comes with a grinder so you can grind your salt yourself. The purpose of using a grinder for your salt is so you end up with slightly different sizes and textures of salt. The process of grinding coarse salt will give you a variety of good salty textures, bringing out the flavor of your food in unique ways.

You may not want to bite down directly into a coarse grain of salt, unless that's your thing, but you will want to sprinkle coarse salt on food any time you want to experience a more dramatic impact.

Because the grain size of coarse salt is bigger, you’ll notice the taste more quickly and intensely than if you were to use a fine or powdered salt. As such, coarse salt is an excellent addition to things like ice cream (seriously), watermelon, papaya, nashi pears, honeydew melon, pizza, and other types of food that are enhanced with a stark salty flavor.

Grain Size: Powder

Powder salt is the smallest grain of salt we have, and superfine. It’s the perfect grain of salt where you need the flavor but don’t necessarily want the texture. For example, if you’re eating popcorn, you want to experience the texture of the popped kernels and not bite into a hard grain of salt. But, is popcorn delicious without salt? Nope. To get the desired popcorn texture with the perfect flavor, opt for powdered salt.

Powdered salt is also excellent for food pickling, home-made potato chips, and sauces. Imagine what a BBQ or dill ranch dip would taste like with chunky bits of salt. Not great. Now imagine what a BBQ or dill ranch dip would taste like without salt. Also, not great. The solution is powdered salt to achieve the right flavor and texture.

Powder salt is also the perfect option if you need to add salt to a home-made cleaning product, toothpaste, or even a cosmetic product.

Bonus! What are Ancient Sea Salt Crystals?

Have you heard of Redmond’s sea salt crystals? If not, stop what you are doing and check them out here. These 1-3 inch crystals are ancient sea salt taken straight from the sea salt mine in Utah. These are broken up from big salt chunks into smaller crystals instead of being ground down to a grain.


The health community loves these crystals for several reasons, but mostly because they are perfect for making sole water. To make mineral-rich sole water, follow these steps:

  • Grab a handful of Redmond’s ancient sea salt crystals into a container with a non-metallic lid.
  • Cover the crystals with purified or spring water.
  • Put the lid on the container.
  • Let it sit overnight (or for at least two hours).

These salt crystals are also great to have on hand when you’re fasting. As you know, when you’re fasting, it’s easy to get dehydrated and lose essential minerals. If you have an ancient sea salt crystal available to lick throughout the day, it will help you retain your electrolytes and curb your cravings and appetite. These crystals are also natural and calorie-free, so it won’t affect your metabolism negatively while fasting

What's the takeaway?

No matter what type of Redmond Real Salt you use, you are getting kosher-certified, mineral-rich, pink salt with all the health benefits. The only difference in the type of salt we offer is the grain size. However, grain size makes a big difference depending on what you want to do with the salt. For example, you don’t want to use coarse salt on popcorn; you want to use powder salt. Similarly, you don’t want to use fine salt for seasoning meat; it’s better to use kosher.

If you’re looking to enhance your salt and cooking game, add every Redmond Real Salt variety to your cart. And remember, when in doubt, opt for Redmond’s fine salt. You can’t go wrong with our most popular grain size.

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