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Alberger process

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Alberger process is a method of producing salt.

Method

It involves mechanical evaporation and uses an open evaporating pan and steam energy. This results in a three-dimensional cup-shaped flake salt, which has low bulk density, high solubility, and good adhesion.

Use

The extremely low bulk density makes the salt highly prized in the culinary world. The fast-food industry appreciates its value for lower sodium content, and stronger flavor for a given volume.[1]

Many people and companies favor this salt for its foods curing and seasoning properties. Replacing it with another salt product can potentially alter the results that the food industry and cooks have come to expect through experience.[2][A]

Manufacture and branding

Cargill operates a plant in St. Clair, Michigan that is the only place in the United States that manufactures such salt using the Alberger process. The Diamond Crystal brand is licensed as a Kosher salt.

History

The method was patented by Charles L. Weil on June 8, 1915.[4]

Discontinuation rumor

In January 2019, a rumor on Twitter suggested that this salt was to be discontinued. A demand on the product prompted the manufacturer, Cargill, to advise the public that the product would continue to be available with a redesigned packaging.[5]

References

Notes

  1. ^ According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, "it is a mixture of the grainer-type flake and the flake grown on seed crystals. About 3,000 pounds of steam are required to produce one ton of salt"[3]

Citations

  1. ^ "Alberger® Brand Flake Salts: It's the Shape that Makes it Great". Cargill. Archived from the original on 2014-11-07. Retrieved November 7, 2014.
  2. ^ The Rumors Aren’t True: Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt Will Still Flow by Tejal Rao, New York Times, 29.01.2019
  3. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica's entry for Alberger process
  4. ^ European Patent Office: US 1141999 . For original patent drawings and description of the process see: Original document. Retrieved 28 May 2011.
  5. ^ The Rumors Aren’t True: Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt Will Still Flow by Tejal Rao, New York Times, 29.01.2019
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