JURASSIC SALT - ABOUT US
Welcome to the Jurassic Coast
Welcome to Jurassic Salt
Jurassic Salt, based in Purbeck, Dorset, is an artisan, traditional methods salt company built on enthusiasm and a desire to learn how to make great sea salt. We collect the purest water from the Jurassic Coast and produce premium quality sea salt flakes. The production process is centred on using solar energy, the warmth of the sun, to evaporate sea water and create the most flavoursome British sea salt. Our mission at Jurassic Salt is to promote the sustainable enjoyment of the world’s best food and drinks!
“Trust no one unless you have eaten much salt with them".
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
Who's behind Jurassic Salt?
Jurassic salt is a small business built and run by two friends, Jurassic coast locals and salty sea-dogs, Jack and James.
Jack, a local businessman from Swanage, Dorset started creating sea salt in 2018. Jack is the science behind our sea salt production - he holds the secrets of how to make sea salt the traditional way. Jack’s expertise allows us to create a range of, perfectly white, high quality sea salts for a variety of uses.
James is a chef with an enthusiasm for seafood, an artist and author from London and the Jurassic Coast - Jack simply couldn’t hope for a better salt making companion. With several years of professional cooking experience and many hours at sea off the Jurassic Coast, James certainly knows what proper sea salt tastes like.
What is the Jurassic Coast?
The Jurassic Coast is a UNESCO world heritage site in southern England. It takes in around 100 miles of coastline from Dorset to Devon and includes famous sites such as Old Harry, Durdle Door, Portland Bill and Lyme Bay. The 'Jurassic' period, after which the coast is named, took place 200 to 145 million years ago. Beautiful Jurassic fossils from this period are exposed in the rocks along the coast and the power of the ocean means minerals deposited during the lives of dinosaurs, microscopic bits of health and history, make their way into all our batches of Jurassic Salt.
What is Traditional salt production?
On an earth rapidly changing under the effects of climate change it is essential that individuals and businesses take steps to reduce the collective carbon impact of humanity. The beauty spots of the Jurassic coast are especially vulnerable to pollution, sea-level rise and simple littering. At Jurassic Salt we use traditional 'low input' techniques to produce salt with the lowest possible environmental impact. This means taking advantage of the sun to evaporate water for us, following the traditions of ancient salt making in Dorset that took place in salt pools all over the area. Since humans first settled in the area salt was an essential ingredient for improving the flavour of food and preserving it.
Salt was produced by flooding shallow pools near to the shore and then closing them off to the waves. The sun and wind evaporated the liquid and left nothing but natural sea salt – an important commodity that was traded far inland.
Why jurassic salt?
At Jurassic Salt we push these traditional processes even further to ensure all our salt reaches high standards of quality. In our evaporation tents, that house large shallow pools, we form salt crystals with only the sea and the sun. These crystals are swept up, collected and sorted before being rinsed and made once again into a highly saline solution. By re-liquifying these crystals we are able to filter the solution once again and create our perfect sea salt flakes in a carefully controlled process. In addition to our traditional low input production techniques and incredible flavour Jurassic Salt offers a local alternative to long distance imports of salt from countries where the sun always shines brightly.
jurassic salt hand made traditional sea salt from the jurassic coast