Get Your Salt!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Today is a total BLOG FAIL!  I was supposed to be delivering this awesome sauce post for you all - but then YouTube decided to freeze after waiting almost 2 hours for a video to upload, so we'll have to work on that tonight.

Hopefully that post will be up tomorrow - let's cross our fingers, okay?  So I'm all bummed out because now I'm drawing a blank on what to share with you guys... and then DING DING DING DING DING!!!

I have a ton of new followers since I last talked about my salt shop - Hi dashing readers, welcome!  And so I figured I'd take this opportunity to talk about my baby, Uncle Bob's Salts.
It all started with my grandpa, Walter Askew, and his love for cooking. He was the dominant cook in the house, where my dad, “Uncle Bob”, grew up in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. For years my dad and his brother tried to get my grandpa’s salt recipe out of grandpa’s mind and onto paper. However, good ‘ol gramps refused, and as gramps puts it he… “took it to the grave.”

After coming to terms with no salt recipe, my Dad was on a mission to develop his own salt blend.  And Uncle Bob's Salt was born.  Dad never officially named the salt, but whenever friends would ask for a refill for their salt shakers, they would say, "Hey Bob, I need some more of Uncle Bob's salts."

Dad became sick in May 2006 with squamous cell carcinoma, a skin cancer. By January 2008, his oncologist determined, based on dad’s choice to treat with chemo, opposed to a second surgery; that the cancer was terminal. Prior to dad becoming sick, we had toyed with the idea of selling his salts, though nothing ever came of it. After news of dad’s cancer being terminal and emotions calmed down for the time being, we got down to business and dad made sure to walk me through making his seasoning salt until I perfected it.
The process is fairly simple. We layer ten different salts, spices and seasonings and then mix them using an old fashioned crank flour sifter. Then using a funnel and spice bottle, measure out the portions into other recycled bottles to give away to friends and family. Now we don’t use recycled bottles for selling purposes, but I still have family that return bottles to me, hinting kindly to a “refill please!”

Dad loved the salt on pork chops. It bares nicely with pepper jelly, potatoes au gratin and a side of sugar snap peas tossed with slivered almonds that have been toasted then buttered and coated with Uncle Bob’s Salts.
One of our family favorites is to use Uncle Bob’s Salts as a dry rub on baby back ribs. Dad would par boil the ribs, then pack on the salts and put it in the BBQ to cook.

Another option is to rub down the ribs with the salt, par bake them for 10 minutes on each side and then throw them on the BBQ to finish off.

Customers have used the salts to “blacken” seared ahi, add to potato salad, add to macaroni and cheese, season chicken, season steak, sprinkle on a boiled egg, sprinkle on fresh summer tomatoes, add to chili, make a dipping sauce and other ways. A friend even used it as a swap for Old Bay Seasoning when making Cheddar Bay Biscuits and called it Cheddar Bob Biscuits!
He wanted the salt to carry on, which I proudly do, and today it is his legacy. Please enjoy his salts. They are made with love from Uncle Bob, through me and to you! 
PS: I have a special that I do around the holiday season: Buy 5 Original Salts, Get 1 Free  This is really popular because they make great stocking stuffers for guys who like to cook and BBQ and the mom who needs a no-fail seasoning for every day cooking.  You can also buy them individually here.  I also have a new Memphis BBQ Heat Rub that you can use on the grill (or if you live in a cold area in your slow cooker).  Hello delish slow cooked ribs!

Get your salts today!!!  PPS: Are you making your turkey for Thanksgiving??? Uncle Bob's Salts is fool proof when it comes to tasty turkey!!  And if you baste your turkey with beer it'll be even better.  That's the way my dad did it!

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1 comment:

  1. This is so awesome- I can't wait to share on my site!! xx


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