By Danielle French

Specialty Salts: Keeping Us Busy

Our off-season has been busy here! Surprisingly so. It seems that every day we have more gift basket orders (in large part thanks to Kate & Co. in downtown Lindsay!) which leads to more experimenting with different products and ideas! The creative juices – or should I say spices – are flowing.


South Pond Cranberry Rosemary specialty salt


I am a big salt lover. I feel that like many things food related, not all salts are created equally. I have some salts for sprinkling over salad, my favourite is a course grey french sea salt which releases burst of saltiness in a bit of lettuce.

For cooking I most often use kosher, but then there is just nice coarse sea salt. Fine salt for baking, pickling salt for preserves. Years ago I developed thyroid issues, I thought maybe in part this was caused by using only sea salt without iodine. So I put normal iodized salt back in my diet. It’s hard to keep up! I began experimenting with salt when I began my catering business. Offering lemon salt or my favourite, fines herbes which is fresh parsley, lemon zest and my favourite grey salt. In our gift baskets, I began to experiment with the herbs that I had dried – sage for example is a perfect seasonal taste, adding it with shallots to make shallot sage salt.

I’ve recently discovered “finishing” salts; a fine powdery salt that one might use with a small spoon or pinch of the fingers to put on the table for those that need a little extra salty zip… like me.


South Pond grey specialty salt


South Pond specialty salts

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Danielle French - Ash Naylor Photography

About Danielle

Looking for a simpler way of life for her four daughters and herself, Danielle moved from Toronto to this farm in the Bethany Hills of Southern Ontario, and over time together with her family and her partner Shawn, restored the barn, the iconic heritage silo and the land.

Danielle loves to create unique settings and menus for the many events she offers at South Pond Farms, such as authentic farm-to-table gatherings, bread-making workshops, culinary classes, and weddings. Danielle’s vision is to inspire others to share her vision of a traditional life and way of cooking and to feel the sense of history on this beautiful land.  

Danielle was also the host of a television series called Taste of the Country

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