Globally inspired, artisan infused sea salts

By Bernard Shander

As founder of Saltopia, Kimarie Santiago is dedicated to supporting sustainability and believes in sourcing only the best organic, local goods for infusing her company’s naturally harvested sea salts. If that weren’t enough, she uses a secret process to make Saltopia’s infusions extra flavorful—and each variety is made from a unique recipe that elevates it above the competition.

Take Saltopia’s new line of artisan infused sea salts dubbed “Rock My World,” internationally inspired blends that highlight the diversity of seasonings and spices found around the globe. There’s the Bourbon vanilla–infused sea salt, punctuated with notes of the highest quality Bourbon vanilla beans from Madagascar; coconut curry–infused sea salt, inspired by the shores of Krabi, Thailand and combining sea salt, earthy curry spices, coconut milk, chiles, spinach, garlic, and brown rice flour; and jalapeño and smoked sweet paprika–infused sea salt, paying homage to the flavors of Xalapa, Mexico.

The good people at Saltopia also understand that Thanksgiving prep can be stressful, so to make it easy as pie, the website offers good-looking recipes for everything from turkey and stuffing to stuffed apples and vegetarian sides. They’ve also created Turkey Time, a holiday brine mix featuring four of Saltopia’s infused sea salts (garlic, rosemary, smoked applewood, and smoked alder wood), and a fall-flavored mix of apples, cinnamon, rosemary, thyme, sage, black peppercorns, orange peel, lemon peel, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves, to help you cook the most amazing bird your family has ever tasted.

Word on the Street
  • The Long Valley, NJ–based company was featured in Edible Jersey and the Newark Sun Times.
  • Saltopia products were featured in swag bags for this year’s Academy Awards.
  • Saltopia was featured on the TV show, “A Taste of NY,” in April 2015.

How to brine a turkey with Turkey Time Holiday Brine Mix

1. Defrost bird if frozen, then wash thoroughly.
2. Place bird in large pot.
3. Combine Turkey Time brine mix with white wine, chicken stock, or broth, plus lemon juice—enough to cover the bird completely.
4. Pour brine mixture over bird carefully and place in refrigerator.
5. Allow bird to soak in brine for at least 24 hours to ensure maximum flavor penetration.