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Ben Jacobsen is serious about his salt. This isn’t simply someone’s hobby or particular passion, this is a serious entrepreneurial effort to produce a world-class finishing salt from the waters of the Oregon coast, and turn his start-up company, Jacobsen Salt, into a successful enterprise.
A finishing salt is precisely as the name implies; it’s used directly on foods that have been cooked, or are otherwise ready to eat. Jacobsen describes his salt as a “flake” salt, that has “a very clean briny taste” with a wonderful (non-bitter) finish to the food. According to Jacobsen, there are only 6 flake salt harvesters in the country, and his is the only commercial finishing salt manufacturing operation in Oregon.