I've been buying my spices from Penzey's for years--first from the catalog, then from the Richmond store. While I love the spices I have to admit that Bill Penzey's been annoying me for years because of his ongoing fat and salt phobia. I noticed on my last visit to the store that the big salt display had been diminished to just kosher and regular sea salt, and in the most recent catalog Bill had this to say:
"A really good and healthy thing going on with food right now is that people are using less salt. We want to be a part of this. Going forward we will continue to sell reasonably priced generic salts of the earth and sea, but we will no longer be selling the higher priced specialty salts. I feel things have gotten to a point where the specialty salts are glamorizing the use of salt and, with that, encouraging people to use more of it. I have also found that along with the marketing of specialty salt has come a great deal of misinformation, including claims that some salts don’t affect your health like others do. This is just not true and not something we want to be a part of. Salt is salt, it really is, and it tastes no different no matter where it comes from."
Why don't you just say "they weren't selling" like the nice man in the Richmond store told me when I asked about it? Apparently it's all right to sell spice blends full of sugar and have most of your catalog recipes be for desserts (they're low-fat!) but Dog forbid someone might put salt in something. Sorry, Bill, different salts DO taste different--and you said so when you started selling the salts a few years ago. It was an experiment that didn't work out, just admit it.