Great News: Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt Isn’t Being Discontinued
If you've noticed that your local store is suddenly out of your favorite finishing salt, blame the Internet. Rumors circulated on social media last week that Diamond Crystal salt, one of the most beloved products by professional chefs and home cooks, was going to be discontinued by their manufacturer, Cargill.
Per Eater, it all started when Samin Nosrat, of Nextflix’s cooking show Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, posted a mysterious tweet with a vague caption: "Why, Diamond Crystal, why?" She followed up by sharing news that the salt, which is primarily used to finish food, had been discontinued, and she was rushing off to buy a few boxes before they were gone forever.
While Nosrat said she was awaiting an official response, other Twitter users only added to the fire—including New York Times columnist Alison Roman, who shared a screenshot of an Amazon shopping cart pre-loaded with four three-pound boxes. "Honestly, can't be too careful," she wrote.
And other users kept the speculations going, like this Tweet, which claimed that Cargill had said they were “discontinuing distribution of that product and only selling it on their website for $53 per case of 12 boxes.”
But before you head to the nearest Whole Foods to stockpile your favorite finishing salts, you should know that Cargill actually took to Twitter to settle the rumors once and for all: their finishing salts are going nowhere.
Unfortunately, the damage has already been done. Amazon sellers have jacked up the prices on Diamond's products—like this 16-ounce container of Diamond Crystal's regular iodized salt, which is now priced at $27.50. Even the New York Times took time to clarify the news, reporting that the only difference will be container sizes and certain product features.
Cargill reached out to Eater to confirm that the most popular Diamond Crystal salt product, the 3-pound Kosher box, will still be produced.
"While we’ve changed some of our packaging and container sizes in the past year, we don’t have any plans to stop producing or distributing to our customers, including retailers who make the product available to consumers on store shelves," a Cargill representative said.
While fans can sigh in relief, there are more finishing salts to use—these 8 products are our editors all-time favorite options, and Diamond Crystal is only one of them.