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Questions and Answers

My question is about:


Visitor center and tour

How can I visit you?

You can visit Zeeuwsche Zoute only during a tour and salt tasting.
These are given on fixed dates and times. Outside these dates and times, Zeeuwsche Zoute cannot be visited. Book your admission ticket online.

What exactly does the salt tasting involve?

During the salt tasting, you will taste different types of salt to experience the difference compared to Zeeuwsche Zoute.

Do we get anything to drink with that?

No drinks are included with the visit, but water is available.

Can the €5.00 voucher be used locally to purchase salt?

Yes, you can only redeem the voucher on site for a discount on the purchase of Zeeuwsche Zoute. The voucher is valid only on the day of the tour.

Do you then have to buy something for a minimum amount before the voucher can be redeemed?

You can spend at least the value of the voucher in the store.

In what languages are tours given?

Currently, the tour is offered only in Dutch.

How much time do you allocate for a tour?

The duration of the tour and salt tasting depends on the number of questions and takes about 1 hour.

At what times is a tour available?

Tours are given on the weekends of the odd-numbered weeks.

The possible times are (full=full):
Saturdays: 9:30-10:30, 11:00-12:00 and 13:00-14:00.
Sunday: 13:00-14:00.

You can easily book a tour online.

Does it require a lot of walking? Can someone with a walker participate?

People with mobility problems unfortunately cannot participate in the tour. Wheelchairs and walkers are not allowed as the tour includes stairs and there is no elevator.

Are children allowed to do the tour?

For safety reasons, a maximum of 2 children (up to 18 years old) per adult may be admitted to the saltworks.

Is there a maximum number of people per tour?

Yes, a maximum of 15 people can participate per tour.

Is the visitor center accessible by car?

Yes, the visitor center is accessible by car. There is limited parking. Read more about parking below.

Can you park at the visitor center?

There is limited parking at Zeeuwsche Zoute on site. It is possible to charge your electric car here. Because parking is limited, we ask that visitors to the tour park in the parking lot near the Refuge Road. There is plenty of parking here. From there it is a short 5-minute walk to our visitor center. The walking route is shown below in red.

Use the following address to navigate to the parking lot: Ferry Anna Jacobapolder-Bruinisse.

Is the visitor center accessible by public transportation?

Yes, from the direction of Rotterdam catch bus 395 from Rotterdam Zuidplein towards Zierikzee Bus Station. Get off at the Bruinisse Dorp stop. From there it is another 20-minute walk to the visitor center. From the direction of Goes catch bus 629 to Bruinisse Dorp. The address is Industry Road 39.

Do stairs need to be taken?

Yes, 2 flights of stairs must be climbed during the tour, and there is no elevator available.

What does a tour cost?

The cost for the tour is €12.50 per person, which includes a voucher worth €5.00 that can be redeemed to purchase Zeeuwsche Zoute. Please note that the voucher cannot be redeemed in cash.

Production

How do you make Zeeuwsche Zoute?

We have on our website a detailed explanation of how salt seething works.

Why is Zeeuwsche Zoute more expensive than supermarket salt, for example?

The answer is very simple, we make the salt the artisanal way and that takes more time, attention and labor. But in return you get the unique taste experience and a pure and honest product.

Why do you use water from the Eastern Scheldt to produce Zeeuwsche Zoute?

Taking water from the Eastern Scheldt is a deliberate choice: it is the Netherlands’ largest protected natural park and Europe’s cleanest seawater. Yet we filter our water even more to prevent micropollution. This ensures that we make the purest product possible. To prevent outside contamination, we sift our salt in a closed environment that meets all food and commodity authority requirements. This is in contrast to open salt pans found around the Mediterranean, for example.

What exactly is “artisanal” about the way you produce salt?

We have revived an age-old tradition: we sift our salt by hand. The process from water to salt crystal takes 3 days. During the salting process, we scoop out the calcium by hand. This gives the unique, mild taste to our salt and makes it an ultimate flavor enhancer that will make you use less salt. Calcium makes salt hard and gives it a bitter taste.

What suppliers do you work with?

For the Zeeuwsche Zoute variants to which products have been added, for example wakame and samphire, we work with local suppliers whom we want to pay a fair price for their products. This is a sustainable solution and because of this we can guarantee a 100% Dutch product of the best quality.

For the labels of our salt mills and glass jars, we work with Unique Label and choose FSC® certified natural paper.

Sustainability

What are you doing in terms of sustainability?

We want to make a beautiful product, but we also want to do so with consideration for the world around us. We produce our salt as much as possible with pure and renewable energy from Zeeland windmills. Every year we aim to reduce our carbon footprint for every kilogram we produce. We also try to make our product packaging as sustainable as possible. By 2023, we will no longer use fossil fuel to make our salt.

What do you do with the residuals?

The distilled seawater left over after salt seething is suitable for cleaning there. That’s why Schoonmaak Op Maat (S.O.M.) of Zierikzee uses the residual water to wash windows. The calcium is used to produce soap and shampoo by The Dutch Soap Company.

Doesn’t it take a lot of fossil energy to produce salt?

No. To make our salt, we first boil in seawater from the Eastern Scheldt. The salt water thus becomes even saltier, we call this Eastern Scheldt brine. This evaporation is done with a special device that runs on green electricity and under vacuum to evaporate the water. The vacuum causes the water to boil at a much lower temperature. Has the proper salinity been reached? Then we pump the brine to the salt pans for the next step in the process.

Other

Do you have inspiration for using Zeeland Salt in the kitchen?

We have a wide range of recipes on our website.