Even though my wife and I shop at Costco quite a bit, and therefore buy in large quantity, we are sometimes faced with purchasing the most mundane of kitchen essentials, such as salt. I don’t remember the last time I bought salt, but it was a while ago. I had purchased the 3-pack of Windsor Table Salt, at Costco of course, but years of cooking and boiling pasta in salty water had depleted our stock.
The question I was faced with was whether to replace our Windsor Table Salt with more of the same, which is really cheap – only $2.39 for three one-kilogram boxes, or switch to the Kalas Classic Sea Salt. As you can see by the picture, and by the title of this review, I chose the Kalas.
Now, the Kalas salt is quite a bit more expensive than the Windsor; it costs $3.69 for 3 containers of 750 grams each; not only is the total price more than the Windsor, but each container is quite a bit smaller. Why the expense, then?
Well, let’s get real. It’s only about a buck fifty more for what hopefully will turn out to be a year’s worth of salt. So, you know, not the end of the world.
I also enjoy the packaging of the Kalas Classic Sea Salt more than the Windsor Table Salt. The containers are round and made of plastic, which beats hands-down Windsor’s square cardboard boxes. They are more durable, and will not leak at the seams, because, you know, it’s plastic and the seams are fused shut.
When it comes to the salt itself, I would surmise that both have the same… saltiness, for lack of a better term, but I find the Kalas tastes better, more natural if you will, while the Windsor salt has what feels as a slight chemical, bland and overly refined taste. But that could just be me.
Both salts are iodized, which is not a big deal in developed countries, where we take iodine for granted, but very important elsewhere, where iodine deficiency can lead to severe and lasting health problems.
Overall, I could certainly have been happy with buying Windsor Table Salt again, however I felt like I was due for a change, and the convenience of the packaging, coupled with the better taste of the Kalas Classic Sea Salt, convinced me that it was time for a change, even if it cost me a dollar fifty more over the course of the next year.
Of course, you could say that saving even a dollar is worth it, when you add it up with all the other dollars you save here and there – just look at my coffee example – but at some point, you just need to buy the salt you want 🙂 When it comes down to it, you’re only paying 16.4 pennies per 100 grams of salt, so you can afford it. You’re not going through kilos of this every day.
In closing, I would like to point out that the Kalas Classic Sea Salt is a product of Greece, which may help explain why it is quite affordable. It is imported in Canada by Pilaros, who import a lot of other products from Greece sold at Costco, notably the Solon Olive Oil.