The Redmond Real Salt™ Story
Long ago in what is now Central Utah, Native Americans found a mineral-rich salt deposit from an ancient sea when they saw deer eating the soil. In 1959, Milo and Lamar Bosshardt were struggling to keep their family farm afloat when they discovered that this salt deposit extended beneath their land. They began selling the salt to local farmers for their animals and heard reports the farmers were using the salt to season their own food. People insisted this "real" salt be made available for everyday use, and the Real Salt brand was born.
Today Redmond still bring Real Salt to you in its natural state – without additives, chemicals, or heat processing of any kind. Real Salt's unique pinkish appearance and flecks of colour come from more than 60 naturally occurring trace minerals. The result is a delicate "sweet salt" flavour that you may not have experienced before. Redmond Real Salt means real flavour! It also means healthy diet and therefore better quality of life for the entire family! Take a taste test! First taste Real Salt, then try any other salt – the difference will amaze you!
Where exactly does The Real Salt™ come from?
Real Salt is an all-natural sea salt taken from an ancient sea bed in Central Utah. Since none of us were around to tell you exactly how the salt deposit formed, Redmond turned to geologists for answers. According to geologists, the Real Salt deposit is the remnant of an ancient inland sea, probably part of what they call the Sundance Sea, which places the deposit within the Jurassic Period. Over time, the salt that settled at the bottom of the sea was trapped within the earth and then pushed up near the surface close to the town of Redmond, Utah.
The deposit occurs with over 60+ natural trace minerals which gives the salt its unique colour, unique flavour, and numerous health benefits. Because the Real Salt deposit comes from an ancient sea bed, nature created the salt long before the earth experienced any pollution or contaminants that are troubling our oceans today. The Real Salt deposit begins about 30 feet below the surface, covered by a layer of bentonite clay, which has protected it from erosion and from the possibility of modern contamination.
The mining process
Real Salt is currently harvested about 300 feet below the surface of the earth. The deposit is huge, so Redmond carefully follow the food-grade veins and harvest the salt using carbide-tipped equipment that basically scrapes the salt off the walls of the mine. From there, the salt is screened and crushed to size before being shipped to our food-grade facility in Northern Utah. Real Salt is packaged after passing through a final automatic screening to be sure no metal residue or contaminants were introduced during the process.