THE PROCESS OF MANUFACTURING HIMALAYAN PINK SALT
Himalayan Pink Salt & Its Significance
The Himalayan Pink Salt is a naturally occurring rock salt, mined from the rock salt caves found in the Indo-Gangetic Plain that formed over a million years ago. Famously known for its beautiful pink tint, essential trace minerals, and an earthy taste, the Himalayan Pink Salt has recently gained popularity among consumers across the globe. The process involved in manufacturing the salt is all-natural i.e, the salt is obtained from manual activities only and does not undergo any chemical treatment. This has bought the shift in the market where consumers have started preferring pink salt over regular table salt.
The Himalayan Pink Salt was formed as a result of the evaporation of a water body, which left behind a mineral-rich salt bed. The salt bed eventually got mixed with other seabed materials like stone and clay. These materials were ultimately forged together due to the tremendous tectonic pressure that corralled the salt deposits with stone, clay, and other natural compounds.
The Salt Extraction Method
There are two primary sources for obtaining salt: rock salt and brine. Rock salt, also known as halite, is salt in its crystallized form. As mentioned, rock salt is the residue of ancient water bodies that evaporated millions of years ago. Brine, on the other hand, is water with high salt concentration found in underground pools along oceans. Besides, brine can also be produced artificially either by dissolving mined rock salt or by pumping water into wells drilled in rock salt.
Brines often contain other substances apart from salt. Some of these are minerals like magnesium chloride, magnesium sulfate, calcium sulfate, magnesium bromide, potassium chloride, and calcium carbonate. Rock salt, on the other hand, has a comparatively higher purity level. It might contain some rocky impurities, but most of it is removed and filtered out when the rock slabs are washed and cut out. In conclusion, it is safe to say that the Himalayan Pink Salt provides more nutrition in comparison to the regular salt.
Regular table salt undergoes a lot of processing that strips away most of its iodine content, Thus making it externally iodized. Apart from that, there are several chemicals that are mixed with it in order to prevent the salt from caking due to water absorption. Some of these added chemicals include calcium silicate, calcium carbonate, calcium phosphate, magnesium silicate, and magnesium carbonate. Unlike regular table salt, which is processed to filter out any excess minerals and also to add anti-clumping agents, the Himalayan Pink Salt is produced naturally.
How is Himalayan Pink Salt Obtained?
The Himalayan Pink Salt is extracted by the Chamber and Pillar method. The salt miners enter the salt beds through man-made tunnels and cut the salt walls into chambers, 1.5 meters deep using a longwall chain cutter. This process is called undercutting. The salt slabs are removed in a checkerboard pattern so that they leave permanent, solid salt pillars that support overlying rock formations. Next, the holes are filled with explosives made using black powder and safety fuse. Once blasted, several thousand tons of rock salt breaks apart and falls on the mine floor.
The raw salt is then picked via large boulders in blocks during the excavation process. The finest pieces amongst the lot are handpicked and selected. These large pieces of blocks are then broken down into smaller pieces for easy transportation from the mine. It is then taken to the warehouse, where the workers procure the salt manually.
Washing & Soaking:
The salt rocks are washed thoroughly in a facility where they are further processed. The salt is then soaked in water to free it from any impurities that may have been left behind after washing.
The salt then goes through a standard quality check process. There are different grades of Himalayan Salt similar to the different quality grades of coffee, tea, or chocolate. The salt crystals that are transparent and clear are considered to be of premium grade. When these crystals of salt are mixed with the salt hues of pink, rose, and orange crystals of Himalayan Pink Salt, they make up for a perfect balance of flavour and nutrition. In this step, it’s ensured that the pink salt crystals that go in for production are up-to-the-mark.
The selected batch of salt rocks is then sent for crushing. At Himalayan Natives, the salt is crushed into two forms – Granules and Powder. Once crushed, the salt crystals are sent for packaging and are then dispatched to various warehouses and retailers across the country.
Why Himalayan Pink Salt?
The Himalayan Pink Salt is referred to as the purest salt on earth and the reason is its manufacturing process. The number of steps and the amount of effort put in manufacturing this salt is what makes it truly precious. The entire process is completely natural and manual, there is no chemical processing involved in the making of the Himalayan Pink Salt.
Every little decision you make about your lifestyle could impact your life in several ways. Therefore, choose wiser and choose better. The purity and the goodness that the Himalayan Pink Salt brings on your plate is what your body truly deserves.