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Every Day is Earth Day

Something to think about …

The earth we live on is there for us every single day.

No exceptions.

She provides us with resources, fuel, power, food, shelter, clothes, the air we breathe, the water we drink – everything we need to live – and not just live, but thrive!

Not only does the Earth provide for our physical needs, she also feeds our souls.  Every single day she gives us beauty – forests and mountains, streams and oceans, rain and blue and starlit skies, sunrises and sunsets without fail.  Nature is always there, we just need to go and spend more time to be with her.

That’s why today we’re asking you to spend less on Oryx Desert Salt.  Yes, you heard that right – buy less from us.  Of course we love our recyclable glass grinders and think they’re pretty cool, but once you’ve bought one, please stop buying them again.  You don’t have to buy a new grinder every time you finish the old one.

  • Our grinders are built to last longer than a single use.
  • They are sturdily made and our logo and label is printed directly onto the glass so there’s no scuffed fading labels peeling off – Oryx Desert Salt Grinders stay good-looking for longer.
  • The high quality imported ceramic grinder heads we use just keep grinding away and are good for at least another 10 refills.
  • We’ve created refill boxes that will refill your grinder, saving you money: available in Course Salt, Black Peppercorns, Smoked Salt & Wine Salt. Coarse, Smoked and Wine salt refill boxes are 250g providing 2 and a half grinder refills. The Black Peppercorn refill is 100g providing 2 x grinder refills.

Our pure cotton bags are sold in recyclable polyprop bags and our drawstring bags can be reused in the home too.


  • … conscious of not creating more unnecessary waste. Our message is refill, not landfill.
  • … aware of your purchasing choices. Is the product you are buying sustainable?
  • … nourished. Oryx Desert Salt is harvested from ancient pristine underground streams in the Kalahari and naturally sun-dried. It arrives on your table exactly as Nature made it, full of minerals and micronutrients essential for good health.
  • … savvy when it comes to saving money where it counts. If you buy 4 of our salt refill boxes, you’ll be able to refill your grinder 10 times! Now that’s real value.

You use salt every single day; it’s essential for life.  So is our earth. Let’s make every day Earth Day.

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Water & Salt: Essentials for Life

Recently we have been celebrating World Water Day – the vital precious substance that is essential for life. But did you know that salt is equally essential to life as is water? In fact, water and salt work synergistically together to create a state of balanced health in your body.

Water delivers nutrients to the cells and helps remove toxins and metabolic wastes from the cells. Salt’s main role in regulating water in the body is to keep a balance of enough water inside and outside the cells through osmotic retention.

Where Oryx Desert Salt begins: salt pans in the Kalahari

The Oceans Inside Us

Dr. Batmanghelidj, the author of “Your Body’s Many Cries for Water,” describes it this way: “Basically, there are two oceans of water in the body: one ocean is held inside the cells of the body and the other ocean is held outside the cells. Good health depends on a delicate balance between the volumes of these two oceans.” Salt helps to create this balance.

Natural salt crystals contain all the minerals and trace elements needed for good health – for even the simplest process in our bodies requires salt – it’s the core essential nutrient that is fundamental to keeping us alive. Without salt, our brains couldn’t think nor could our muscles move.

The minerals found in natural salt crystals are available in such small particles that they can be absorbed easily by our cells. Unrefined salt is a vital source of life, helping to balance blood sugar, keeping bones strong, regulating metabolism, boosting the immune system and providing micro-nutrients and minerals in a form the body recognises and knows how to absorb. 

Sole Solution

One way to help the body’s natural ability to regulate and heal itself is to drink Sole (pronounced so-lay), a mixture of mineral-rich unprocessed salt and warm filtered water. The term Sole comes from the Latin sol, which means sun. This seems appropriate since one of the effects of drinking Sole is increased energy!

So here’s what happens when you drink Sole:

Improved hydration: drinking too much plain water can dilute extracellular fluid which creates a stress response and the release of adrenaline.  Natural unrefined salt in water allows the body to better absorb and use the water you’re taking in instead of it just going straight through your body and being eliminated.

Better digestion: natural salt stimulates hydrochloric acid and a protein-digesting enzyme, both of which help to break down food. Warm salt water also stimulates secretions in the intestinal tract and liver that help with digestion.

Improved sleep: unrefined salt lowers stress, and stress is one of the main reasons for poor sleep. Drinking warm salt water an hour before bed can raise your oxytocin levels. Oxytocin is a hormone that helps to create calmness and relaxation increasing your sense of well-being.

Some other benefits:

  • Improved energy
  • Reduced blood sugar
  • Healthy veins
  • Weight loss
  • Reduced muscle cramps
  • Reduced blood pressure

How to Make Sole – It’s Easy!

  1. Fill a litre-size mason jar one-third full with unrefined, natural Oryx Desert salt.
  2. Fill the jar with filtered water, leaving some space at the top.
  3. Cover the solution with a plastic (not metal) storage cap.
  4. Shake the jar and allow it to sit for 24 hours.
  5. Check in 24 hours to see if all the salt crystals are dissolved, and if so, add a little more salt.
  6. When no more salt can dissolve, it means the water is salt-saturated and the Sole is ready.
  7. Store covered on a counter or in a cupboard. The antibacterial and anti-fungal properties of the Sole will make it last indefinitely.

How to Take Sole

Add half a teaspoon of Sole to a glass of filtered warm water each morning, before breakfast. If it tastes salty (like you would expect it to), then it is the right amount for you.

If it tastes too salty, dilute with plain, filtered water until it tastes just right. If it does not taste salty enough, add some more Sole. Just go with what tastes good to you — your body knows best! The amount you need may vary each day.

And that’s it.  Salt and water – the two essentials for life!

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Smoking food is a finely calibrated art.

Smoking food is a finely calibrated art and Sean Hormann is our very own maestro in the craft of traditional hot and cold smoking. Sean is the owner of the Aphrodisiac Shack Smoke House Deli based in Villiersdorp and has been smoking ORYX DESERT SALT for many years now.

Smoking Oryx Desert Salt

Foods can be either hot or cold smoked depending on whether you want to only flavour the food with a smoky taste or if you want to both flavour and cook/preserve the food. Cold smoking means infusing food with a smoke flavour at below 14°C and is used for foodstuffs such as butter, chocolate and olive oil. Typical foods that are hot smoked are fish, bacon and poultry.

Our salt is cold-smoked and takes many hours during which time the salt grains are regularly moved around to ensure they get evenly smoked. “You’ve got to be able to see what you’re smoking when you open the door of the smoking oven,” says Sean. “If the smoke is too thick, it means the ventilation is wrong. Smoke has to move through the food, it’s not a case of just letting the food getting saturated in smoke. If that happens, the smoke will ‘settle’ leaving a bitter tasting sediment. Smoking is a very subtle process. These days I just know when a food has been smoked enough by the look of it. It’s something I’ve learned to develop a feeling for,” he adds.

It took a considerable process of experimentation to figure out exactly how long Oryx Desert Salt should be smoked for and which wood would impart the best flavour. The most common woods used for smoking salt are alder wood, apple wood, hickory, mesquite and oak. The smell and taste is deliciously savoury, the aroma of fragrant ashy wood smoke mingling with the crystal tang of salt.

Why use smoked salt?

Smoked salt both enhances the inherent flavours of a dish while at the same time imparting a subtle smoky taste. We think it adds a magic twist to all sorts of dishes such as eggs, aubergines and hummus.

While we mostly think of smoking meats and cheeses, it turns out that many other foods such as olives, lemons, mustard and even yoghurt can be successfully smoked to great effect. Perhaps most unusual is smoked water! Smoke loves moisture and water holds the smoky flavour exceptionally well. Freeze into ice-cubes and add to cocktails for sublime flavour.

Speaking of which, try our smoky Margarita. You may just want to keep our smoked salt in your kitchen for this reason alone.

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This one is for our furry four-legged companions and comes from our wonderful friends at Sense of Taste Chef School.  They’re introducing a dog called Batman!  Batman is the mascot for the Sense of Taste Chef School and is Chef Peter’s Baby Boy who goes everywhere with him. And Batman wants to be a Chef when he is big 🙂

One of the dishes  Batman likes Chef Peter  to make for him is Turkey, Lentil, Spinach and Butternut Meat Balls. (one of Batman’s favourites) And as Chef Peter would season all his dishes for 2 legged folk – he seasons Batman’s dishes with Oryx Salt. After all the flavour and seasoning of any dish is paramount.

This recipe makes enough for 3 to 4 meals


  • ½  Cup Brown Rice
  • 2 ½ Cups Turkey Mince
  • 2 Cups Finely Chopped Spinach
  • 2 Cups Brown Lentils
  • 2 Cups Shredded Butternut
  • 1 ½ Cups Pearl Barley
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Oryx Desert Salt to season all ingredients
  • Sprinkle of Oryx Desert Salt when serving


  • Cook the brown rice, lentils, barley – as per instructions on packet – and allow to cool
  • Cook Spinach and Butternut in some water until tender – allow to cool
  • Season Turkey meat as well you barley, brown rice, spinach, butternut with Oryx Desert Salt
  • Combine all ingredients together with olive oil
  • Roll mixture into “meatball shapes” – not too big – not too small
  • Place the meatballs onto baking tray and bake in the oven at 180’C for about 20 min – until Turkey is cooked
  • Allow to cool – sprinkle with Oryx Salt and serve to your 4 legged children

Chef’s Tip: You can make a bigger batch of these meatballs – double the recipe – roll into meatballs and freeze before baking. When needed simply defrost and bake!


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Have you noticed how already, the days are flying by?  Sometimes in the mad crazy hustle of our busy lives, it can be a relief to stop, even if for only a moment.  In the midst of the whirlwind of our  to-do lists and appointments,  as we find ourselves running to keep up with our own lives,  rushing into the shops to buy our groceries, flinging foodstuffs into our trolleys, we rarely stop to think about where everything comes from.

That’s why we want to talk about going back to the source this month.  When we don’t know the origins of our food, it’s easy to feel disconnected from it, as if where it comes from has nothing to do with us – all we have to do is buy it and eat it.  We take a very different approach.  We think there is something deeply grounding and nourishing about knowing where the food you eat has been grown and produced.

You may have felt the  satisfaction of growing your own vegetables, fruit and herbs in your garden. But it can be almost as rewarding to shop at farmer’s markets, getting to know the people who make the cheese and bread you buy,  meeting  the different  farmers who sell you fresh eggs, asparagus, gourmet mushrooms,  saying hello to the producers who cure the bacon you love and make the best pies.

We want you to feel just as good about knowing exactly where our 100% pure and natural Oryx Desert Salt comes from. We’d like you to know that it has its origins in the 50 km2 salt pan situated in the remote pristine unpolluted pristine Kalahari desert. The source of our salt can be found in the ancient Dwyka rock formations, through which the underground streams flow, geo-scientifically tested to be 250-300 million years old.

These underground streams converge and replenish an ancient underground lake of 55 million tons from which the salt water is pumped, laid out on the pan under the hot Kalahari sun and naturally sun-dried. This cyclical process lives in harmony with the natural rainfall and the surrounding environment.

We believe Oryx Desert Salt is so much more than just a product on a shelf. It’s a journey that we take over and over again. And it always begins at the source.

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We love bagels with Smoked Salmon, Cream Cheese and Capers. But there are so many sumptuous fillings… like Camembert Cheese, Parma Ham and Caramelised Onions….or Peppered Pastrami and Gherkin  Relish!  Bagels are different and not your everyday bread roll, so a nice treat to have with a decadent filling of your choice. And bagels are so easy to make!

Recipe by Chef Angie Boyd and Chef Peter Ayub of Sense of Taste Chef School  Continue reading ORYX SMOKED SALTED & SESAME CRUSTED BAGELS