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The salt makers of Little Swanport :: Tasman Sea Salt

 



When you stand on the windswept shores of Great Oyster Bay on Tasmania's east coast, where lush green pastures meet white sandy beaches and the crystal clear blue waters beyond, you know you're in a very special place. You breath deep and fill your lungs with the fresh briny air and everything seems right with the world.  Then you sigh and wish you could take that feeling away with you in your pocket.  But that's exactly what I did.   In a little match box filled with Tasman Sea Salt

The seas around Tasmania are some of the cleanest and nutrient rich waters in the world, and it seemed obvious to Alice Laing and Chris Manson that it would make a very fine sea salt.  So that's what set out to do. Quit their London jobs, headed to the Tasmanian east coast and figured out a clever way to transform a little piece of the Tasmanian ocean magically into tasty white crystals.






Working with a Tasmanian engineering company Alice and Chris created an efficient and environmentally friendly process that combines age old salt making traditions with clean energy technology to produce delicious sea salt flakes. The process is simple, just evaporated sea water that leaves flaky crystals of salt. The only waste product is fresh water which they collect and use to wash down the plant and make the odd cup of tea in the morning. 

Green credentials aside, it's the incredible depth of flavour that has chefs and food lovers alike raving.  Rich in potassium with lower levels of sodium than many other salts, it contains all the trace elements you'll find in Tassie's pristine waters. So that when you put those white crystals on your tongue, you're instantly transported back to the shores of Little Swanport.

When I met Alice and Chris at a recent visit to their salt works, I couldn't help but love their story, (especially the bit about how they met at Glastonbury). It's a true reflection of the vibrant and creative food industry in Tasmania and it ticks all the food lovers boxes for me, innovative, green and most importantly a delicious product.

People who produce food, follow their dreams and do great things are always inspiring to me.   They are the people I want to support by buying their products and giving them a shoutout whenever I can.   So, to help spread the salty word on this special Tasmanian product I'm hosting a giveaway so you can have the chance to taste the Tasmanian seaside on your morning's eggs.







Included in this box of salty goodies is:

2 x 250g boxes of Tasman Sea Salt
1 x copy of the cook book Tasmania's Table 
1 x 100 g block of Monsieur Truffle Dark chocolate with Tasman Sea Salt
1 x 45g jar of Tasmanian Truffled Sea Salt
1 x Tasmanian Pop Corn Company pack

Awesome right!?
To enter, simply leave a comment.
Competition closes 5pm Friday 22 July 2016.
Open to Australian residents only.

Read more about their story here and the fascinating (if not gruesome) history of salt works in Tasmania.








This is not a sponsored post - I only feature products that I love and I think you will too.


UPDATE:  The competition has closed. Winners were picked by a random number generator. Congratulations Melissa, Kylie  and Leanne

Thank you to all those who entered! 

76 comments:

  1. My mouth is salivating as I read this wonderful story from my desk in Perth and dream of holidaying in Tasmania ...

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  2. Yum! What wonderful products and a great story.

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  3. Melissa Frankcomb21 June 2016 at 12:10

    Love to be transported to Little Swanport, I'm up for a journey.❤️ This State.

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    1. Congratulations Melissa! You are a winner!

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  4. Oh yeah! I did see this when in Tassie recently, I'm kicking myself that I didn't bring any home! Next time I will, our kids thankfully love Tasmania as much as we do, so will be back soon :)

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  5. Yum! I've driven past their driveway many a time, it's such a beautiful area.

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  6. I’ve been looking for an alternative to processed salt,
    I think I have found the perfect solution with great Tassie salt from Hugo and Elsa’s Vault,
    Monsieur Truffle Dark Chocolate with their amazing Tasman Sea Salt,
    Is a great combination with no fault!
    Along with a cookbook,
    This would be amazing to win for this little chook!
    Kind Regards,
    Kate Walsh
    katewalshey@gmail.com

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  7. What a great success story and I am dying to know more about how they met in Glastonbury.

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  8. How did I not know about this? Looks and sounds awesome, can't wait to get me a taste.
    cheers Kate

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  9. i would be delighted to be transported to Tasmania in this way,bliss !

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  10. What a gorgeous giveaway. Beautiful morsels of Tasmania.

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  11. The packaging looks lovely.
    (And a give away to tempt the lurkers to delurk, also lovely).

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  12. I cook with a lot of salt in my food (I know that is bad) but I love it! However I don't really see how this salt could taste THAT much different from a rock salt, pink salt etc. So I'd love to try and compare (and report back!)

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  13. Am looking at the Tasmanian Sea Salt box in our kitchen right now. Pure taste that compliments any food. The idea of combining with chocolate almost a perfect fantasy! Only thing missing one's lover to share!

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  14. I love Tasmania, I love the innovation, the creativity and especially all the beautiful food. I so wish I could move there today! This is a lovely giveaway!

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  15. What a great giveaway, one that I would love to receive. Why am I not seeing Tasman Sea Salt at Coles or Woolworths?

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  16. what a heart warming story! It is wonderful to see Alice and Chris' dream turning into a successful reality in such a beautiful part of the world!

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  17. simplicity - thank you for sharing with us

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  19. This is beautiful !
    Would love to offer this to my parents in law in Bellerive
    it's a perfect thank you gift!

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  20. Thank you for introducing me to a great Aussie product. I had never heard of them before, but I will follow it up. Thanks!

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  21. Excellent! I love this story. I use Tasman Sea Salt everyday because there is so much is right with it. xx

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  22. I am going to try and find a place to buy this salt in Melbourne.

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  23. These stories warm my heart, I love to hear about people completely changing their lives and following their dreams. They sell this salt in the cafe across from my work! Now i know all about it I might give it a whirl.

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  24. What a great story, I can't wait to try it :)

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  25. Fantastic - this is the kind of venture I believe to be the way to secure a bright future for Tasmania.

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  26. Oh my goodness my heart broke for poor old Radcliff's wife, meeting every boat from London :-( so sad...

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  27. I love Tasmania and I love salt!
    I also really like the design on the box and...chocolate!

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    1. Congratulations Kylie! You are a winner!

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  28. Tasmania is foodie heaven. I would love that book. Great post!

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  29. I have to say, I am quite the conniseur of sea salts and would love to try some Tasman Sea Salt!

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  30. Gorgeous photos, and I love the Tasmania Sea Salt story :)

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  31. Thank you for posting about Tasman Sea Salt! I always love reading about and supporting these smaller providers :) And the box is full of them! Plus you can never go wrong with salt and truffles...

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  32. Oh yay another goodie to find when we visit Tassie next week. Yummo!

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  33. I'd love to win this, what an amazing prize! Whilst I can't afford to take a trip with the family to visit your gorgeous part of the world just yet, I'd be chuffed knowing I was cooking with some of Tassie's amazing produce! I used to use Murray River Salt but I'll be keeping a look-out at the shops for some Tasman Sea Salt from now on. Love my salt!

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  34. Love the story behind the salt! I admire those who are brave enough to pack up their everyday life to follow their dreams. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  35. That is a great story of the possible freedom of the human spirit.

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  36. Yet another jewel in Tassie's crown! Maldon may just loose its place in my kitchen ;)

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  37. I want to go to Tasmania so much!

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  38. Wow that salt history was rather gory and very sad. I lived in Launceston for about 9 mths, that was about 23 yrs ago, Tassie wasn't known for its foodie goodness until much later. Its a pity because that was one of the reasons I moved back to NSW (now I live in QLD), I missed all the ethnic vegetables and ingredients. While I was there the first ethnic restaurant/cafe was opened, it was a Thai restaurant. Thank you for the opportunity to taste what I missed out on. Guida

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  39. What a great story! Making the food dream come true. Tasmania is such a wholesome beautiful place, no wonder the best products and produce come from the little Island.

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  40. What a great story! Making the food dream come true. Tasmania is such a wholesome beautiful place, no wonder the best products and produce come from the little Island.

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  41. My husband and I lived in the NT for many years but found the heat rather draining as we got older. My dream was to move to Tasmania (even lurked real estate websites to find places to live - loved the Cygnet area). My husband didn't think we could handle the cold so we measured halfway between Darwin(NT) and Cygnet(TAS) and decided on the Sunshine Coast (QLD) which is exactly on the halfway mark. That is were I still am today. Love real sea salt, not that keen on chocolate but my elderly father loves the stuff - should try and find this for him. Thankyou for your blogposts - always an interesting read.

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  42. Himalayan rock salt, pffft. So good to know that there is something more local, green and tasty I can switch to.

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  43. It's Wonderful that you are giving a shout out for great Aussie goodies. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  44. Salt and chocolate from Tasmania. Sigh! Thank you for your blog and the chance to win.

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  45. That packaging and design is awesome - I loved reading about their story! x

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  46. Just read the article in the lastest 'Mindfood' magazine, a beautiful story and such a hardworking and dedicated couple. I always include a box of this salt when sending back goodies to family in the UK & NZ - so proud to be living in Tasmania!!

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  47. I hope to make it to Tasmania one of these days...sounds enchanting! That's a nice prize too.

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  48. Wow, what a great story. Great product - and wonderful photos of Tasmania :)

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  49. Great story. Keen to try the salt. Like the packaging :)

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  50. I was thinking the other day if there were any little guys making salt. This is awesome- I love salt! I used to eat vegimite as a kid off the spoon I love it that much (but am soon hoping to refine my tastes to green, locally sourced salt ;) )

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  51. How simply lovely! I love reading, and learning, about why and how people make things so thank you for sharing this story and for such a fabulous giveaway! x

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  52. How simply lovely! I love reading, and learning, about why and how people make things so thank you for sharing this story and for such a fabulous giveaway! x

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  53. Fantastic sea salt + chocolate = heaven!
    Thank you, I live in the Huon Valley and I love buying great products from small family companies in our own state. Our innovative local food industries are growing and producing amazing food, and the more promotion the better!

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  54. I love everything about this. It is heartwarming to read about folks who change their lives to pursue a dream. The benefits for us is this amazing Tasmanian salt. Such a lovely giveaway full of Tasmanian treasures. I'm off to read the link to the history. Thank you for sharing.

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  55. 100% Tasmainian. Couldn't get any better.

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  56. I've been following hugoandelsa on Instagram and just popped over to the blog to see what this was about. It looks fabulous! (And I love the pictures!) Can't wait to try that apple skillet cake, too ;-)

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  57. That is a great story and all good stories have a twist to them, a bit grisly but a great read. Thanks

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  58. Aren't we lucky to live in beautiful Tasmania! And our favourite snack at home is chocolate pop corn with just a pinch of sea salt, this hamper would be just perfect for it. Thank you Michelle for sharing this story with us.

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  59. We are called to be 'the salt of the earth'. Alice & Chris are literally heading that call and what a wonderful result. Love it when humans appreciate the gifts of the earth and share it too. Thanks

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  60. I happened to try Tasman Sea Salt with my sister here, visiting from Chile, the land of over-salted dishes. We grew up on salt, but later in life I realised there was more to salt than the post-dictatorship imported, unsustainably gathered salt we had to deal with. Now a resident of this island, Tasmanian salt is the ultimate, and I'll bring some of it to my mum in my next trip in September, for her to load her dishes with. Can't wait! Joana

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  61. thanks for sharing this story - its always good to read about new food enterprises !! fingers crossed for trying some salt and of course chocolate !!

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    1. Congratulations Leanne! You are one of the winners!

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    2. yay - thanks so much Michelle ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰

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  62. Stunning scenery makes for stunning produce :)

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  63. fantastic to hear of a Local Family doing so well I look forward to tasting some at the Launceston Harvest Market

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  64. What a stunning assault (or should one say asalt) on the senses!

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  65. Discovering a place like Tasmania is a paradise we British dream of. I moved here from the UK and we really are living our dreams, sun, sea, incredible landscapes, pure food, air and salt of course.

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  66. So the wind-driven white horses on the sea of Great Oyster Bay have become translucent little flakes of salt. This honestly is the kind of clever industry that makes me so proud to be a Tasmanian!

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  67. Looks incredible. As a student in Tassy I would love to try all these goodies x

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  68. TASMAN SEA SALT AND TASMANIA !!! Can't wait to visit later in the year. Fantastic producers of innovative amazing food. Good Luck to all of the new foodies.

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  69. omg Michelle - this amazing package arrived today - thank you so much !! the book is so awesome ๐Ÿ’—

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