If owning popular Mexicue restaurants in NYC wasn't enough, successful Brooklyn-based entrepreneur, Thomas Kelly has branched out further and introduced a line of chile sea salts. Available through The Chili Lab , Kelly created a line of chile sea salts as a way of introducing the different chili peppers and their flavors to home cooks.
"At the Chili Lab, we like playing with our food. We believe that through play and experimentation, you make great dishes. Through many years of playing with chili peppers, we’ve realized that like wine or coffee beans, these peppers are incredibly diverse and nuanced in their flavors. Dried guajillo chilies from Mexico, for instance, are deep and earthy; the piri piri chili from Africa is more herbal and marked with citrus.
The Chili Lab creates Chili Salts and other products which explore these varied flavors. Of course we love that chili bite, but we’re more interested in how these great peppers can easily invigorate cooking at home."
I recently had the opportunity to try out Kelly's popular The Essential Chili Salt Collection, and can see why so many people love these chili salts, and continue to buy and recommend them to family and friends.
When it comes to cooking in the kitchen, besides olive oil for cooking, I also have salt and pepper handy, to season and add flavor to whatever it is I am cooking. If I ever find a dish is lacking in flavor, I can count on a few shakes of salt and pepper to add much needed flavor to the food. But, never did I think to have chili salts on hand for an extra kick, until now!
Even if you are not one who loves "heat" or spicy foods, once you try using The Chili Lab's assortment of flavored chili salts in some of your favorite dishes, you will wonder how you ever lived without them.
I love when a website offers up recipes and suggestions on how to use their unique products, and the folks at The Chili Lab spare no expense in sharing countless easy to prepare entrees, side dishes and more. Just look at some of their suggested recipes to try using their flavored chili salts -- http://thechililab.com/blogs/news.
Included in The Essential Chili Salt Collection I was sent to try out, are the following flavored chili salts, along with their flavor profile and suggested use:
Piri Piri Chili Salt