I’m gifting this Himalayan salt block to all the grillers I love this season

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Blocks of Himalayan salt conduct heat evenly and quickly and maintain a super high temperature – much like a cast iron pan. But because these salt blocks are light in color, distinctively marbled and made entirely of salt, cooking on one produces an impressive spectacle and an unparalleled flavor profile. Sourced from natural salt deposits in the Himalayas, this block imparts a subtle minerality to ingredients that can elevate or even replace your herbs.

Cooking with the salt board is easy: just heat it slowly until it reaches a smoking point. Then, using high-quality, heat-resistant gloves, remove the log from the stove, place it in the iron holder, and place it directly by the dining area (I recommend using a pair of coasters for extra protection). You can then sear meat and vegetables directly on the plate at the table. Everyone keeps their hands to themselves, because the salt block is scalding hot unless they’re actively grilling — Hibachistyle, if you will. I told you there was tension!

You can even cool the salt block in the freezer when serving cold dishes, charcuterie or snacks. It keeps the hors d’oeuvre cool while actually looking cool too. Williams Sonoma’s Himalayan Salt Shelf and Holder set is the perfect size and thickness for my needs (and kitchen space!) and the holder it fits seamlessly into makes all the difference. All I have to say is that it might be worth hurrying before I do my Christmas shopping!

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