It was exactly as easy as I thought it would be. Used a simple doubled-over cheesecloth to filter. 32 oz of ocean water took about an hour to boil down and yielded a little less than a shakerful.
I thought it would smell like the beach in my hou
se while it was boiling down, but it kind of just smelled like soup. Maybe I make my soup too salty.
Used it in a lamb braise this evening... yum yum!
On the minus side, look what it did to my pot:
Luckily, it didn't take that much elbow grease to clean out.
Overall, I vote it's much worth the effort, so long as your mom lives on the beach and you visit her frequently. For those of you who don't match that description... I dunno. Get some salt mining tools.
Beat the eggs. Whip the cream. Show no mercy.