I've been using this for everything and have been loving it in everything I put salt in. I've mainly been using it for cooking as it gives a great dimension of flavor to the food. I had to comment about the the smell in the home box though, I smelled that smell too, it was very unpleasant but you can't blame the salt it was the bamboo silicone spatulas, the bamboo had an awful smell that stunk up the whole box, it went away after washing the spatulas about 3 times. So please don't give this salt a bad rap, if you really investigated the smell you would have seen that it wasn't this awesome salt. It's got it's own mushroomy smell but it wasn't that really bad smell in the box it was the spatulas.