LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 06:  Jamie Oliver attends the Pride of Britain awards at The Grosvenor House Hotel on October 6, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
The Crunchy Salt Jamie Oliver Can't Go Without
By Heidi Chaya
Whether you're brining, salting a recipe, or finishing a beautiful steak, salt is as necessary to cooking as it is to one's health. While there are different types of salt featuring various production methods, textures, and even flavors — such as table salt, sea salt, and kosher salt — you might not have heard of this prized pantry staple for celebrity chefs like Jamie Oliver.
Jamie Oliver loves to use Maldon Sea Salt Flakes and is known for using them as a finishing salt ingredient in his recipes. Called the "Diamond of the Salt Industry" (via Grazia), Maldon sea salt comes from Maldon, England, and it is famous for its flattened pyramid-shaped flakes, which offer a bright salinity that can be used any time during cooking.
Maldon Salt allows for more precision during seasoning due to its crushable, "pinchable" texture, adding a delicate crunch to recipes like Jamie Oliver's oven-baked fat chips with rosemary salt. Maldon flakes grant salting superpowers to the food lover, and they reveal how salt can be more than just a basic seasoning.