Questions about the use of culinary salt in the kitchen.

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Can I cook beans without salt?

I made some refried beans in a slow cooker, loosely following the recipe from my cookbook. The recipe says to cook the beans with ½ teaspoon of salt. Is this necessary to properly cook the beans? I am ...
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Why is it important to add salt during cooking?

This may seem like a silly question, but given that each persons' tastes are different why is it that salt is added during cooking? It seems better to just allow the person eating the food to add ...
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Cooking on a Himalayan Salt Slab

I am interested in purchasing a himalayan pink salt slab to cook on my stovetop. My cooktop is glass. The directions for using the salt slab is to be sure to have a space between the heat source and ...
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Pasteles are too salty

I made pasteles, but they ended up too salty. How can I reduce the salty taste? Is there something that I can add to the water when I boil them so they don't end up too salty?
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Bread with no salt

I've been doing a lot of yeast bread baking as of late and I got to wondering what the salt in the bread was for. Upon doing some research it turns out (aside from perhaps some flavor) the purpose is ...
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Is it really safe to use the same bowl of salt and /or other herbs on your cook top with your fingers that everyone uses? [duplicate]

I am just not sure of the cleaniness and mixing of the different herbs and the salt and leaving it on the counter after finishing preparing your meal, let alone rubbing it on meats and veges when you ...
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Salt for Sauerkraut

I am looking to trial making some Sauerkraut at home. I have been recommended getting canning salt. Trouble is the only available source is too much, at too high a price. What other salts, readily ...
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What is the relationship between salt and iodine?

I have seen and read some comments from the post: What is the difference between sea salt and regular table salt? My questions are. Does Rock or Natural salt contain iodine? Does Table Salt ...
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Is there a way to make leafy green vegetables absorb salt throughout their tissue?

For example you can make protein tissue absorb salt by brining/dry curing it. What ways can I make say some spinach or kale tissue absorb salt? I want the salt to be in and throughout the greens and ...
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Does adding salt when soaking dry beans toughen or soften the skin of the bean?

I have heard opinions on both sides of this. The the latest answer on this site, says salt softens bean skins quoted Cooks Illustrated (I can't see the article, but I trust CI), while another answer ...
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What is the purpose of kosher salt in peanut butter? Can it be replaced with something else?

From here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/homemade-peanut-butter-recipe/index.html Ingredients 15 ounces shelled and skinned AB's roasted peanuts, recipe follows **1 teaspoon ...
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What is the point of a salt mill?

Salt mills and pepper mills often come in pairs. I understand the purpose of the pepper mill: It breaks open the pepper corn and releases the aroma. But there is, to my knowledge, no such thing as a ...
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Are olives always salty

I've just bought olives in foil bag in Lidl (name Baresa Aceituuas verdes) because I like to eat olives. This is probably the 1st time I eat them with no other products (not in salad etc.) They are ...
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How to unsalt roasted salted peanuts?

I bought roasted peanuts from the market and they have too much salt in them. How should I reduce the salt in those peanuts as much as I can? My intent is to make peanut butter.
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Graham cracker crust too salty for cheesecake

My first cheesecake was too salty, particularly around the crust, and I want to know what could have caused it. One possibility is that I mismeasured the salt, although I do not make that mistake ...
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Sea Salt and Mercury

I've heard that sea salt is more flavorful than iodized table salt, but was wondering about its mercury content. Due to the mercury level in oceans, nutritionists are recomending to limit sea food ...
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Dry brining burger patties with onions

I tend to mix in some onions when making burger onions, before putting on a rack and letting it sit in the fridge for an hour before cooking. With that said, if I dry brine at the same time, will the ...
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Does salt do anything more for baked products than just add flavor? [duplicate]

From a chemical scientific stand point... What roles does salt play in food besides the usual afterthought of sprinkling some on top of your food item to increase/enhance the flavor. I know this is ...
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Can you candy salt? (Experiment Results)

Bear with me... I'm working on a pretty amazing ice cream. It's Dulce de Leche, made the kind of scary traditional way of boiling cans of sweetened condensed milk, then mixing that with a custard and ...
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How does a pinch of salt make a difference to a recipe?

Many recipes ask for a pinch of salt. How can such a small amount of salt make any difference to the taste of the recipe?
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What is the difference in flavor between a fermented pickle and a vinegar pickle?

I'm interested in experimenting with pickling, and I'm wondering what the difference in flavor is between a classically fermented pickle and one made using vinegar. I've search online, but can't find ...
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Why add salt to the water when cooking pasta?

What is the effect of adding salt to the water when cooking pasta?
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Will hard boiled eggs absorb salt through the shell?

In this America's Test Kitchen video they add salt to the cold water when hard boiling eggs. Would the salt actually permeate the shell and flavor the egg? That seems unlikely to me and is just a ...
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Desalinating dried/smoked fish

In the metropolitan area where I live, there is truly a great selection of dried fish in various ethnic food stores, my favorite of which is herring. However, it is always very salty and I have a ...
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How much to reduce salt when using salted butter in place of unsalted butter

I normally don't keep unsalted butter on hand since I use it so seldom. So when a recipe calls for salt and unsalted butter among its ingredients would it be alright to use salted butter and reduce ...
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Sushi rice vinegar proportions

So i'm trying to make sushi rice and i know the essential component is the vinegar/sugar/salt mixture (with the optional kombu, which i don't have access to, so i omit entirely). I would like to hear ...
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How many times can I use a salt block?

I've been reading up on Himalayan pink salt blocks. I am mainly interested in cooking with them, like cast iron. But, I noticed that they are a bit pricey, about $40 to $70. It also seems that they ...
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How to counteract excessive saltiness in dried fish?

My wife comes from a culture where preparation and eating of dried fish is very common (as long as one takes the proper measures to deal with the smell). She prepared for me recently a serving of ...
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Is this cooking method likely to yield a tasty pork chop?

So I'm thinking of doing three things to a piece of pork. First salt it for a day Then Confit it Then Smoke it Is this overkill or can this make some good pork?
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Pink salt vs regular salt

What is the difference between pink salt and more typical coarse salt (e.g. sea salt)? I know it is pink due to mineral deposits, but culinarily is it any different? e.g. does it taste different, is ...
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Soup is too salty!

I made a mistake with my lastest batch of chicken soup, and it's too salty to eat. Is there any way to save it?
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How to make “salt-crust-baked” chicken?

A while back I heard mention of a way to bake/roast chicken that supposedly would make it very good and juicy. Unfortunately I didn't get the details, so I haven't dared try it myself. I was ...
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Can the bacon in homemade “Bacon Salt” be made shelf stable?

After success making several fancy salts including Sriracha, smoked, and green chili I've decided to try to move in to stranger and tastier territories. As such I want to make a bacon salt. The ...
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Is there a reason to not add salt when making a soup?

On several occasions I have had friends make soup without salt and then tell me that salt should be added only when the soup is served. I've read Why is it important to add salt during cooking? But ...
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Should iodized salt be avoided when salting meat?

Should iodized salt be a avoided when salting meat? I have heard people telling me that iodized salt makes meat taste funny when using it for meat purposes. Is this true or can regular table salt ...
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Recovering from Over Salted Sauerkraut

I recently finished my first batch of sauerkraut and tasted it only to find that it's way too salty. In referencing the original recipe, I realized that I used the amount of salt recommended for 5lbs ...
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Salt in boiled meat

Is there a way to estimate consumption of salt when dealing with the boiled meat? I.e. I had 500 grams of meat, boiled in 2 litres of water, with 5 grams of salt diluted in that water. If the water is ...
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Why would you place potatoes on salt when baking in the oven?

Several of my recipe books call for baking potatoes on a layer of (rock) salt, e.g. I'm currently following one for gnocchi that has this very instruction. Searching yields many recipes, but I can't ...
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Why did my grandfather-in-law salt his beer?

My grandfather-in-law was born in England in the 1920s and fought in World War II. Somewhere along the line he acquired the habit of salting his beer before drinking it, which persisted for the rest ...
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What are the effects of salting a thin steak that's grilled on a pan?

What are the effects of salting a thin (1/4" to 1/2") beef steak right before being seared on a pan, compared to not salting at all? (there are no other spices used, salt or nothing). Does the ...
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What are some good substitutes for salt for those on low sodium diets?

I try to keep my sodium intake fairly low to ensure that my blood pressure doesn't get too high. Salt is such a common part of cooking, and it's especially difficult to cook Asian-style food without ...
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Why are salt and pepper special in western cooking? [duplicate]

While there are many ways to flavour food, salt and pepper seem to be treated as special in western cuisine. By special, I mean that they are typically placed on the table at meals and have a their ...
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How does pepper enhance/increase the saltiness of a dish?

I have found that after adding ground pepper (any type, color, or heat level), some dishes seem to be saltier. This sometimes occurs with other spices, as well. Note that I am not using anything else ...
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Is there any way to “Salt” unsalted cashew pieces?

I picked up a bag of cashew pieces from the bulk bin last night got home and realized they were of the unsalted variety. Which are good but for a snack not quite what I was looking for. Is there ...
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How much salt is needed for “Coq au vin”

How much salt is needed for "Coq au vin" (one rooster, 1.5 kg) and when should it be added?
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How to remove the excessive saltiness from gammon?

I've tried a few time to roast gammon, typically my method is to soak the gammon and then roast for a few hours. The result is typically just this side of editable. I've even tried boiling it first ...
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Do I add salt to my sunny side up eggs before, during, or after cooking?

I was wondering if it makes any difference to the taste, texture, or any other factor. I tried googling but there are very few resources and some of them are contradicting. If anyone could enlighten ...
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What does it mean to 'salt' a steak prior to frying?

I see some references on this site to 'salting' a steak before frying it. What does this mean? Should I coat the steak in salt? I can imagine that would result in a very salty steak!
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Why isnt my salt about 39% Sodium?

I'm looking at the nutritional information on a pack of salt, as per the panel, 33.5g/100g is Sodium, everything else is in mg, totaling up to less than 1gm. The Ingredients section lists Salt as ...
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Reclaiming a salty curry [duplicate]

I often read that salt is added 'to taste' - and I try to keep adding salt until my curries taste right. However, on occasion my fingers are too big for my pallete, and the dish becomes overly ...