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Bulk Refill Packs - Rock Sea Salt 1kg, Whole Black Peppercorns 380g, or Himalayan Pink Rock Salt 1kg $2.99 @ ALDI


Rock Sea Salt 1Kg
Whole Black Peppercorns 380g
Himalayan Pink Rock Salt 1Kg
$2.99 each

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  • +1

    Are these good prices?

    Got some mills for the first time for Christmas and haven’t got any peppercorns or rock salt yet.

    • +3

      Excellent value for the Himalayan salt and the pepper.

      • what special about himalayan salt

        • AFAIK, nothing. I like the flavour and consider anything beyond that masturbatory bollocks.

    • +1

      Basically all salt sold in Australia is sea salt, so it's not necessarily anything special. We don't really use salt mines anymore and I don't think there is a lab where they zap huge quantities of salt into existence with a ray gun or anything.

      • Rock salt typically skips the high temp processing and iodine of table salt. That's why they make a deal about it.

        • +7

          Why wouldn't you want iodine added to your salt.

          • @AustriaBargain: As they strip all the other minerals in the process

            • @singingwolf: Not true. There is not enough magnesium/potassium in sea salt for it to ever matter. All forms of salt are practically just sodium chloride.

              • @ozfool: "Sea salt can also contain numerous trace elements. These elements exist in minute concentrations but work with other minerals to maintain optimal function in your body. Trace minerals you may find in sea salt include phosphorus, bromine, boron, zinc, iron, manganese, copper and silicon. Your body uses some of these minerals, such as iron and zinc, to make enzymes involved in metabolism."


                • @singingwolf: Trace = not enough to matter. For example that article starts by letting us know that a serving of special salt contains 2.7mg potassium. The RDA is 3500mg. The article also says "mineral profile is a strong marketing point" which is a good observation.

          • -9

            @AustriaBargain: I've heard that the heat treated salt is not available to the body like natural salt and so it causes more of the 'too much salt' health issues. It tends to collect at the end of blood vessels too and has been linked to issues like hemorrhoids. I have heard that natural salts, espically those in things like celery helps to break down the cooked salt build ups and fix the hemorrhoids. My experieimentation has support this advice. I aint a doctor though. YMMV.

            • +2

              @ShipShapeRC: Salt, in this case Sodium Chloride or NaCl, separates into ions Sodium and Chloride when dissolved, to put it simply.

              This occurs, regardless of what flavour or colour the salt is. There is nothing to build up or break down. It's not cholesterol.

              Also, NaCl melts at roughly 800 degrees centigrade, so I'm not sure if 'high heat processing' actually does anything to it other than dry it out.

              • @KSMLJ: That's probably like saying water is hydrogen and oxygen. But there's a difference between mineral water and distilled water.

                • @SuperGeek: Exactly, just ask any PC Water-cooling geek…. they will tell you what water is better for their cooling loop…

            • @ShipShapeRC: That just sounds unscientific and ridiculous! It is also absurd and funny. Willing to accept it if you can provide a source to that information. Haemorrhoids!!! Really!!!! From sodium chloride…. hahaha

    • +3

      Are these good prices?

      I paid $6 for 200g the other day at Woolies. That was the cheapest unit price.

      This is almost 2x as much for half the price.

  • Good for the BBQ 👌

    • +8

      LOL, the impeccable CH7 reference. Nothing says "this is real" like a tabloid TV news segment.

      Apart from which, it says (basically) to avoid Peruvian pink salts, and to use Australian.

      • +15

        River Murray pink salt is sourced from salt interception schemes, which intercept highly saline groundwater before it discharges into the river thereby reducing salt load to the river. Its sustainability credentials are very high as it is a byproduct of an environmental engineering process. And foodies rate it highly. Himilayan pink/rock salt is mined as a solid from a finite (albeit large) source and is not considered sustainable, and also entails very high food miles relative to locally produced RM pink salt. But RM pink salt aint cheap, ~$30/kg.

    • +17

      If you are concerned, I suggest you read the referenced source yourself. You might find you come to a more nuanced conclusion compared to what a 1-minute Channel 7 video can provide.

      From the abstract: "One pink salt sample contained a level of lead (>2 mg/kg) that exceeded the national maximum contaminant level set by Food Standards Australia New Zealand". That's one out of 31 samples looked at in the study.

      Table 3 provides a list of all the brands tested in the study. Looking at the column for lead composition (the trace mineral called out in the video), you will find all brands measure well below the 2 mg/kg recommendation except for Peruvian Pink Salt's Fine Grain Salt. It is the "Peruvian Pink Salt" brand you should be avoiding, rather than all pink salts.

      • +1

        A detail report! Thanks.

  • +1

    Does this mean they will also have their peri peri grinder available as well?

    • +3

      The grinders (peri peri, BBQ and himalayan) have been available since a few months, at least here in VIC. They were OOS during the height of the pandemic but I've seen shelves full of them in recent times.

      • Thanks for the heads up… I’m not a regular Aldi shopper, but happened to come across the peri peri grinder and when I went to replace the store manager told me they were special buy items.

        • They probably were special buys at some point but I'm assuming due to popularity they became regular.

          I also thought they were special buys during the pandemic when they were nowhere to be found (I literally scoured through 4 Aldis in my vicinity, lol). Took about 8 of them as soon as stock arrived.

    • Are the Peri Peri grinders good?

      • If they’re the see through ones made of plastic: no. After about 1-2 refills you will end up with the grinder grinding itself and plastic in your food.

        As for the flavour, no idea.

        • I believe he's referring to the ones shown here:

          These aren't refillable.

          And to his original question, yes they're so good. Use it on everything from eggs, Salads to BBQ meat

  • +1

    Found an interesting video of the Only Pink Himalayan Salt Mine in World, also called Khewra Salt Mine, everything inside seems to be made up of Salt.

  • +3

    The pink in Himalayan salt comes from iron oxide - rust.

    It's a novelty item, I doubt there are any health benefits

    • +1

      May as well just buy rock salt with added iodine.

      • +1

        Yep the iodine in salt is good prevention from deficiency unless you eat a lot of seaweed.

        Salt is just sodium chloride. Don't fall for thinking there's anything magical about the various styles.

    • It's a novelty item, I doubt there are any health benefits

      More than likely.

      I do find that the flavour of pink salt is different. Not as… harsh? I like it.

      Black salt is also nice. Works great on chips.

  • +1

    salt is salt, just get the homebrand

    • +2

      Agreed, just get iodised salt. It's better for your thyroid in the long-run.

    • -1

      Sound like
      Cow Milk is just cow milk, all the same, just drink. if someone said that have milk only from humpback cows, simply discount them.

      And one day realises
      There is A1 type of milk and A2 type, A2 comes from humpback cows and A1 comes from all other cows and is like poison for body.

      Similarly either can wait for science to one day discover that different salts have different benefits or else go with common wisdom passed down from centuries.

  • If you miss the deal, you will be salty…just saying.

  • Pepper sold out at my local store :(

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