I am a salt guy - always have been and probably always will be.
Some people like cookies, I prefer chips. Some people enjoy chocolate for dessert, I like
cheese. My whole life I’ve been using table salt to flavor my food and cooking - but since
discovering Kosher salt I will never go back.
The Difference Between Kosher Salt and Table Salt
Kosher salt has a bigger grain than table salt, and also has a more
delicate flavor. (I know…saying salt isn’t as salty sounds ridiculous.) Table salt contains
additives that are not allowed in Kosher salt, such as chemicals to prevent clumping. These give
table salt a sharp bite whereas Kosher salt has a more pure taste. Because the grains in Kosher
salt have a larger diameter, it also sticks better to food than table salt, covering more surface
area and ensuring perfect seasoning of your dish. Fortunately for my blood pressure, I
also find that Kosher salt is more satisfying and I can actually salt my dishes less.
The Difference Between Sea Salt and Kosher Salt
Sea salt is very much like Kosher salt in texture and size, because
it also has a coarser grain. Since sea salt is harvested from ocean water, it also
contains other natural minerals that are prized by many chefs for adding extra notes and
fineness to cooking. For everyday cooking, I find Kosher salt to be a great fit -
especially given the price premium for sea salt (a box of Kosher salt that lasts 3-6 months in
our house is only $5). However, for special dishes or if you just want to experiment with
something different, give it a try!
Other Gourmet Salts - What the Heck is Himalayan Pink?
And if you're feeling REALLY adventurous, there's
a whole range of other specialty salts that are now becoming broadly available in local
stores. From pink Himalayan salt - harvested from a special mine in Pakistan - to gray rock
salts, you may find these served at fine restaurants or included as part of gourmet
gift sets. The novelty of these salts is clearly driving some of their popularity but they
are also fun to play with in the kitchen. Like sea salt, they have higher
mineral content than standard salts which can contribute unique flavors to many
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