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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

Care & Usage Show

  • 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
7 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
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
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
6 months 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
7 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
6 months ago
 

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Why did you choose this?
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gift
Molly H on Dec 9, 2016
Immensely cool thought for cooking or resting meat or serving fruit, cheese, meats etc
Rachel S on Dec 6, 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
I bought one for my boyfriend because he's a chef and seriously wanted one. The other two (you're going to think I'm crazy) I bought for my friend and myself. I wanted the salt blocks for our feet. You can heat them up in the microwave for a bit and then they are warm for your feet. It's some type of detox thing, too. There are individual salt blocks you can buy specifically for feet but they are really short and our feet wouldn't fit on them. Himalayan salt is Himalayan salt....so why not?
Lisa M on Aug 1, 2016
I was looking for another venue to grill fish on the bbq. I grill outdoors all year round, and grilling fish can be tricky. The salt block should add unique flavor the foods.
Terry H on Jul 29, 2016
Gift for major grillers
Beverly B on Jul 24, 2016
We saw this in your store and fell in love with it.
Lisa N on Jul 20, 2016
Registry
Rose E on Jul 20, 2016
Family member has one and truely enjoy it. Wish speedy delivery were cheaper.
Roberta H on Jul 19, 2016
Replacement
Carlos R on Jul 18, 2016
to give food a different flavor from the usual
yvonne e on Jul 18, 2016
want to try this one
Jaime M on Jul 6, 2016
We had fish prepared on the salt block and it was absolutely wonderful !
Geraldine C on Jul 1, 2016
Have one and guest fell madly in love with it. Giving as her housewarming gift.
Kim B on Jun 25, 2016
gift
shaina s on Jun 23, 2016
BBQ Fun.
Edward O on Jun 19, 2016
OMG! This is perfect for grilling and the season is delicious!
Kella E on Jun 18, 2016
it's a great gift for someone who has every utensil already
Carlo L on Jun 15, 2016
Curiosity.
Jo B on Jun 15, 2016
gift
Lillian M on Jun 15, 2016
It sounds like a great way to cook seafood and I thought my son-in-law would like it.
Jill C on Jun 13, 2016
looks intriguing
Lisa A on Jun 13, 2016
Create healthier and tastier meats and vegetables
Belinda S on Jun 13, 2016
Recipient took class and loved it!
Timothy S on Jun 12, 2016
I think my Father would love it -- hoping to having this before Father's Day.

Thanks,
Tracy
Tracy K on Jun 12, 2016
I have been wanting to try this and when I received your email the scallop recipe caught my eye. I love all kind of seafood and the salt block seems the perfect way to prepare it. And it was on sale, always an incentive.
Vickie S on Jun 12, 2016
Would like to try grilling with a salt block
Linda E on Jun 12, 2016
I saw this in a catalogue with a description of its functions.
nora g on Jun 12, 2016
Something new gift for foodie
Megan G on Jun 10, 2016
Always wanted one
Tracy R on Jun 10, 2016
Healthy way to sear in flavor without adding additional salt!
Stephanie L C on Jun 9, 2016
for the discerning dad that already has everything
Kellye S on Jun 9, 2016
I saw a demonstration using this cooking method at the Fancy Food Show in San Francisco and have been wanting to try it.
Debra J. W on Jun 7, 2016
I took a class the other day and now that it's on sale I'm excited to get started on cooking
T A on Jun 7, 2016
Looks interesting
Christine F 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
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'm storing it in the box that it came in
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: If a block breaks, and you have a tray, carry on! Like cooking on rocks. :) If not, you can cook on what is left. I read that if a piece breaks off, you can grate it on food.
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 don't know the whole "why", but I can see that if you do not heat it slow, since it is a salt block, it will pop (though maybe not as dramatic as you may think, more of a splitting apart in a moderate heat, I would think). You *have* to go slow for this one.... totally worth it. Try it out yourself first. We have used it a few times and have no issues at all on our grill... *but* we heat it, and cool it, slow.
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.
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 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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