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Bitterman’s Himalayan Salt Block

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Whether flash-searing tuna, serving sashimi, grilling scallops or chilling delicious ribbons of salted caramel, this thick, hand-cut slab of pink Himalayan salt is a delightfully inventive way to cook, chill and serve your favorite dishes. This...Read More

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EXCLUSIVE Whether flash-searing tuna, serving sashimi, grilling scallops or chilling delicious ribbons of salted caramel, this thick, hand-cut slab of pink Himalayan salt is a delightfully inventive way to cook, chill and serve your favorite dishes. This mineral-rich salt block enhances the flavors of anything placed on it, making it great for chilling steaks and seafood, chilling and serving sushi or beef carpaccio, and even searing shellfish tableside.

Each block is handpicked from the purest seams located in the 600-million-year-old salt deposits deep under the rugged Punjabi landscape. Boasting the ability to withstand extremes ranging from -320°F to 900°F, this gourmet-quality salt slab is limited only by the creativity of the cook using it.

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  • Manufacturer: Mark Bitterman
  • Dimensions: 8" x 12" x 1.5"
  • Ingredients: Salt
  • Made in Pakistan

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  • Hand rinse with water. Do not use soap.

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  • Salt block (salt block holder sold separately)

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Customer Reviews

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Adds excellent flavor to many foods
I have used this on both the stove top and the grill for: asparagus, shrimp, lobster tails, steaks, baked potatoes(cut in half), chicken and pork chops. The salt adds excellent flavor and texture(due to the heat). The biggest problem is the time it takes to heat up the block, especially on the grill. I start it on low and heat it up slow. Handling is much easier w/the holder.
May 22, 2015
Warning
The block exploded on our grill the first time we used it.
As directed we placed it on the cool grill & slowly brought it up to temp. The first time we opened the grill lid the salt block literally exploded & hot salt shards were thrown 10 feet from the grill. My kids were there when it happened & could have been injured.
Very disappointed for a costly purchase.
May 15, 2016
Purchased
11 months ago
Be CAreful
We purchased this as a gift for my mother for her Birthday. Followed the instructions for heating it up as was explained in Bitterman's book. We had the block on the center of a gas grill and turned it on the lowest possible setting and let it go for 30 minutes. Then turned it up to one-quarter heat for another 15 mins, then half-heat for another 15 minutes, then turned the heat up to 80%. I opened the top of the grill to check the temperature after about 5 minutes on 80% heat, closed the lid, then about 5 seconds later...BOOM...the entire block EXPLODED in the grill. Be careful....a defective one could hurt someone....we were lucky the cover was closed...
Exploded salt block on gas grill
Exploded salt block on gas grill
June 19, 2016
Gourmet Touch Made Easy
Just like anything new in the kitchen, it takes practice to perfect. I did research this cooking technique on Pinterest and read up on the best way to prepare the block for the grill. You have to place the salt block in your oven at 150 for 15 minutes and keep increasing the temperature in 50 degree increments until it reaches 475-500 degrees. Then, take it out and place it on the grill that is already heated. When you do this transfer, you REALLY need the salt holder as it has great handles.

Believe me, I have made some mistakes with this vessel but I have learned something new every time I have used the salt block:

1. Heat it gradually in the oven inside until reaching the highest temperature, then transfer. It's nice to have someone to open the patio door for you.
2. Don't be afraid to use a light coating of EVOO, when grilling delicate fish (such as sea scallops). This way, it does not stick with the searing process. Add oil once on the grill with a basting brush, then your fish.
3. If you plan to serve appetizers on it you will most likely want to invest in a different one (for inside only use). The one from the grill will get discolored after a few uses.

My favorite spread inside on the block is Caprese salad. Just don't let it sit too long as it gets too salty.

My favorite meal so far on the grill block has been "Seared Ahi Tuna" (served with Wasabi Potato Salad).
September 5, 2016
Purchased
10 months ago
awesome product
buy the handle with it! great food comes off of it. I have bought this around 5 times for gifts
February 22, 2016
Purchased
1 year ago
Dissapointed
Followed heating up instructions to the letter, using high end infrared thermometer. After about 15 mins into heat up two of the corners exploded off on the grill. Shouldn't affect taste but ruined presentation value.
July 19, 2016
Exploded
Like the other reviews, bought this for a father's day gift, and it exploded. We followed the directions exactly. Just happy no one was hurt. Disappointed that my husband's first father's day gift was terrible and almost gave him a heart attack.
July 6, 2016
Great product
Just a note: You have got to follow directions here! Heat it slowly, cool it slowly, wash without soap, and you will have something that gives exceptional flavor and texture to proteins/vegetables! It is worth the effort. Unique flavor that our whole family enjoys.

It is a salt block... keep this in mind when heating and cooling! Follow directions for a great cooking experience!
June 22, 2016
Purchased
11 months ago
Salmon stuck to the surface. Grill was at a very high heat before putting it on. Consistency of the fish was different.
I will try meat or poultry next.
June 25, 2016
Purchased
10 months ago
 

Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
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I love salt and have been ordered by my doctors to eat more of it due to my low blood pressure.
Jill C on Feb 25, 2017
My son-in-law referenced having one previously, so I am sending him one for his birthday.
Sherry Bea S on Jan 25, 2017
I love salt and have been ordered by my doctors to eat more of it due to my low blood pressure.
Jill C on Feb 25, 2017
gift
Diane D on Feb 20, 2017
My son-in-law referenced having one previously, so I am sending him one for his birthday.
Sherry Bea S on Jan 25, 2017
ordered as a gift
Denise C on Jan 22, 2017
I love & recommend this salt block.
RAMON F on Jan 20, 2017
My mom wanted one
Bryce T on Jan 16, 2017
replacement for a flawed salt block which was a gift.
gregory a on Jan 15, 2017
Gift
Deborah A on Jan 10, 2017
To learn new and improved ways of cooking food- especially seafood - on the grill.
Captain on Jan 10, 2017
Brother is a chef and loves sushi. Christmas gift
Tasha W on Jan 9, 2017
Great gift for a guy
janet m on Dec 21, 2016
for son.
Amy J on Dec 21, 2016
Sounds delicious!
Charles P on Dec 19, 2016
Present
Carolina G on Dec 18, 2016
good for BBQ
Paul S on Dec 18, 2016
i want to introduce my brothers to salt block cooking
Emily B on Dec 17, 2016
Christmas gift for mother who likes to cook
Emily L on Dec 17, 2016
Awesome gift. I have one and it's amazing
MarthaCarol G on Dec 16, 2016
like it
Synthia N on Dec 15, 2016
want to learn to cook on it
Todd M on Dec 15, 2016
Was recommended to me.
Nancy G on Dec 15, 2016
Healthier option to cooking.
NICOLE B on Dec 15, 2016
Christmas gift for my husband, who got a dual-fuel grill/smoker for his birthday.
Judi M on Dec 15, 2016
Christmas gift for son.
Pam P on Dec 14, 2016
Gift
Sherri E on Dec 14, 2016
wedding gift
Michelle B on Dec 14, 2016
Father in law was eyeing this in the store, so he gets one for Christmas.
Linnea M on Dec 14, 2016
gift for a friend who just got a new grill and loves experimenting with new techniques
CAROLYN H on Dec 14, 2016
gift
Carolyn R on Dec 13, 2016
My brother enjoys grilling and cooking so I thought this is a novel gift.
Virginia E on Dec 13, 2016
I chose this as a gift for two different men on my Christmas list who love to bbq steaks and seafood. I know they will love it!
Debra R on Dec 11, 2016
gift
Molly H on Dec 9, 2016
Looks interesting
Christine F on Dec 6, 2016
Immensely cool thought for cooking or resting meat or serving fruit, cheese, meats etc
Rachel S on Dec 6, 2016
A perfect gift for a family member who loves to cook. Perfect for scallops and fish.
Ryan M on Nov 29, 2016
A gift for someone
Jill F on Nov 29, 2016
Christmas gift for son-in-law.
jane m on Nov 28, 2016
gift
Susan F on Nov 27, 2016
Life our salt block and am ordering one as a gift
Roberta C on Nov 26, 2016
Looked like a fun thing to try
David D on Nov 21, 2016
A friend has one and the steak he cooked on it was awesome. I had to have one
Patricia R on Nov 3, 2016
Again, the reviews suggested the cookbook and since my brother has a library of them. This will add nicely to his collection.
Jacquelyn W on Oct 31, 2016
a friend recommended it
Patricia B on Oct 24, 2016
Health benefits.
Monica M on Oct 13, 2016
going to make shrimp
bruce j on Sep 30, 2016
Always wanted to try this my husband loves to grill
Karen S on Sep 25, 2016
As a Christmas Gift for my parents. This is the 2nd one in a year and they love this salt stone.
Greta R on Sep 17, 2016
registry
cassandra n on Sep 16, 2016
Likes to try new things. Xmas gift
Glenda S on Sep 10, 2016
Housewarming gift for a friend who likes healthy elegant dining at home and out.
Rahsheba M on Aug 31, 2016
gift
Diane D on Feb 20, 2017
ordered as a gift
Denise C on Jan 22, 2017
How long does it last? And can it be washed after having raw meet on it? When wet does it disintegrate?
A shopper on May 15, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It should last for years. Pink Himalayan salt is naturally antimicrobial, so the only washing it should need is a quick scrub with a stiff bristled brush. For this reason, disintegration, although inevitable, will be a long a very slow, gradual process.
what are the dimentions of the salt block?
A shopper on May 27, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Dimensions: 8" x 12" x 1.5"
Is this safe for an infrared grill?
Jennifer R on Jun 8, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I personally don't have an infrared barbecue, but checked it out online and from what I see, I would say "no".
But on a regular gas barbecue I can definitely say, it is remarkable. I seared scallops on it, the key is to heat up slowly, follow directions on heating, then it's pure magic from there!!
Where do you store the salt block?
Kathryn S on Jun 22, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I wrap it in wax paper and slide it in the skinny cupboard where I keep my cookie sheet and other stuff that shape. My friend has a rectangular cake pan/roasting pan and nestles hers in that. It is quite heavy so I keep it stored low..
Does the block make food salty if it cures or cooks for more than an hour?
Tiffany E on Jun 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the block is suppose to salt food placed on it. Not sure if duration effects it. I have noticed there will be indentions where food has been place, so much assumption would be the more salt absorbed(i.e larger indention) the saltier the food would be. Hope this helps!
What if my block breaks?
Jessica S on Jul 7, 2015
BEST ANSWER: I am still waiting for my block, Ordered June 19. However, based on my having broken my pizza stone many years ago, I just put the edges together and continued to use it. If you have the rack, this should be easy. I have used my broken-in-half pizza stone for 15 years now. I just place the two halves close together.
I Keep reading about the Bitterman’s Himalayan Salt Block exploding on the bbq, why is this happening? Has the product been tested? I want to buy one as a gift but now I am a little hesitant.
Carol P on Jun 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have not had any issues with my salt block. The food has been wonderful and the Salt Blocks I purchased from Sur La Table I've been very pleased and there has been no "exploding" small crack but no problems at all.
Follow instructions to SLOWLY heat, possibly a reason for issues. I love them.
once used can it be flipped to use other side?
A shopper on Dec 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is a solid salt block so yes, it can be flipped over and used on the other side.
How long does it take to heat up ,approximately, and how do you know "what temp" to cook various items? Also I see 4 blocks in a holder, is that how many you should have for cooking your Seafood, vegetables etc.? If so does that mean 35.00 x4 blocks? Thanks!!
Anne D on Jul 4, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Anne,

The block takes about 15 minutes to heat up on the grill and is similar to using planks to cook your seafood. I adjust the temperature of my grill between high and medium for a good sear on the shrimp and scallops.

I bought the one salt block, which is adequate for cooking dinner for up to six people. If you are cooking for a large party you may want to purchase 2 salt blocks.

I hope the above information helps!
Does this come with a recipe book?
SHARYN L on Dec 30, 2015
BEST ANSWER: No, but we do have one available for purchase.
does it make the food cooked on it salty?
A shopper on Nov 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Mildly salty, it really depends on how much liquid is in the food. I.E. scallops have a lot of liquid and if over cooked they get very salty. But at a high temp they cook quick and get off the grill (in my case) fast and the salt does not transfer very much. Shrimp don't have much water in them, cook in 3-4 minutes &get a slight salty taste. Veggies cook quick and @ a high temp don't get very salty, depends on moisture.

Remember Himalayan salt in not as salty as other salts. Hope this helps.
What are the steps to cooking the salt block?
A shopper on Dec 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Put the salt block in the oven or grill when you first start it heating it up. You want the salt block to warm up gradually: heat 20 min on low, 20 min on med, 20 min on high. You need to let the block heat up gradually To prevent cracking your blog k. Place your unseasoned meat directly in the salt block to cook. The salt block will do all your seasoning for you!

To clean: Moisten the salt block with a damp sponge (do not use soap). Scrub with a soft brush to remove any stuck matter, and wipe clean with the sponge. Try to keep the block as dry as possible – the less water the better. Repeat until the block is free of any cooked on food. Elevate the block so air can circulate and it can air dry.
Grill when wet?
A shopper on Oct 9, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I never put it on the grill wet. I don't know if that would be a good or bad thing.
Can you use salt block on a charcoal grill?
A shopper on May 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. keep it on the cooler part of your grill, after you have made your coals. Go slow!
How do you clean it?
Michele S on Dec 19, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Places that sell the block usually also sell a wire brush for cleaning the block. It fits your hand well and use it with water. Good luck with it,
can the salt block be used in smokers?
A shopper on Dec 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Although I have never done this - I would assume yes. However, It would definitely smoke the salt block as well and that flavor would pass on if you used it on the grill.
Can the salt block and holder be used in a traditional and/or convect oven?
Sharon R on Aug 3, 2015
BEST ANSWER: You can use it in a conventional, convection oven. You can use it on the grill or put it in the freezer and make ice cream and frozen treats.
how to prep block before using it the first time?
A shopper on Dec 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: We just followed the directions that came with the salt block and I don't think we had to do anything special. I just made sure I bought protective gloves/oven mitts that were specifically for handling the salt block at a high temperature!
How long does it take the block to heat up, for instance, to cook a steak?
Cynthia G on Dec 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Thirty minutes, at least. But worth it!
How do you use this on the electric stove top?
Cindy D on Dec 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: According to Mark Bitterman it is stove top safe. You need to put some type of buffer between the block and the stove top. He suggests a wok ring.
can i use it on smoker?
A shopper on Dec 5, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes, you can.
 

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