Questions about the use of culinary salt in the kitchen.

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Why do so many dessert/biscuit recipes have salt in them?

Whilst I can understand salt in the majority of recipes, I never really understood why it is in so many desserts or biscuits. When I have asked a few friends or family who do a lot of cookery, the ...
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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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Why would heating salt in a pan prevent food from sticking?

Quote from www.saltworks.us: Preventing food from sticking - Rub a pancake griddle with a small bag of salt to prevent sticking and smoking. Sprinkle a little salt in the skillet before frying ...
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Does it matter when you add the salt? [duplicate]

Spices create aromatics so it is important when to add them. But what about salt? Is it critical if you add salt to the flavor base instead of adding it to the tomato paste, or adding it to the ...
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garlic powder and onion powder substitutes

recipe calls for 3/4 teaspoon garlic powder all I have is garlic salt also 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder and all I have is onion salt how much do I substitute for each
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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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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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Why is Himalayan Salt Pink?

I have heard it is from an ancient ocean floor's deposits that have since been uplifted by the Himalayan orogeny, but what in that ocean water made the salt pink. I've been to the Bonneville Salt ...
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What to do when I accidentally put too much salt on the meat?

I'm still learning to cook, and yesterday I put too much salt on the meat when I was cooking it. What I can I do to not waste the meat? I still have some raw meat but I'm afraid to make it too salty ...
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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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How can I remove salt from a saline infused pork sirloin roast?

How can I remove salt from a saline infused pork roast. I purchased 4 of them. After making the first one I could not eat it. I am on a low sodium diet.
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Does sprinkling salt on top of brownies give the same result as putting it in the batter?

Standard recipes for brownies have a teaspoon of salt in them. Questions like this one and this one explain that it's only for taste. Can you just put some salt on top after they are baked? For ...
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Is it true that all salt is sea salt?

I heard Alton Brown say that on Next Food Network Star. Is it true? What about salt that is mined, or salt from salty lakes?
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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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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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Is there any advantage to adding salt to onion while frying?

Is there any advantage to adding salt to onion while frying itself rather than adding it the last? My friends say it removes moisture from onion. Is it true? Why is removing moisture from onion ...
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Using sal ammoniac (ammonium chloride) for salting fish

Has ammonium chloride have ever been used in any culture/cuisine instead of regular salt for salting fish, or for curing meat in general? How about pickled vegetables or any other food? If no, why ...
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Questions about shaoxing wine

What kind of shaoxing wine should I be looking to buy? My supermarket has shaohsing rice cooking wine which has salt added. After looking online, there seem to be people saying that the added salt ...
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Accidently reduced salt in pickling recipe - are these pickles still safe?

A dill pickle recipe called for 1.5 cups vinegar, 1.5 cups water, and 2 tablespoons salt. I doubled the bring, but forgot to double the salt before canning my pickles. I ended up with: 3 cups Apple ...
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Why don't most ice cream recipes include salt in the base?

I've been getting into ice cream this summer and of all the recipes I've reviewed and tested, none of them call for salt in the ice cream mixture itself. (With the exception of caramel sea salt, and ...
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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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Sauerkraut/sourkraut - ratio of grams of salt to grams of raw cabbage?

Yes, obviously it can vary. I'm just looking for an approximate range, as a good place to start for my first time making a batch. A good answer would be something along the lines of: 10 to 20 ...
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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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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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Alternative for Celery salt and Coconut flour

I'm trying to make this recipe: http://www.platedwithstyle.com/2015/03/01/cajun-garlic-butter-shrimp/ I know i can find "substitues" for celery salt and coconut flour online but I want to know if i ...
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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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Why would fresh tuna be salted?

I bought a big piece of tuna about a week ago. I carved it up and put most in the freezer. However, as I am the proud owner of a vacuum sealer (as of a week ago), the worst part of the tuna got vacuum ...
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How can I get my bacon less salty?

I was reading this question, and there's a solution to the OP's answer. I'm not fond of salt and this is a drawback for bacon (to me, that is). I do want to end up with pieces of cooked bacon (so ...
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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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Pickles are really salty (lactic fermenation)

I decided to make pickles following a recipe that our crop-share association (CSA) suggested: Three Secrets To Crispy Pickles, And A 'Lost Recipe' Found. After 4 days, I decided to sample my ...
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Substituting table salt or sea salt for kosher salt?

The roasted chicken recipe I'm following of course calls for kosher salt, but I don't have any, and getting some is out of the question. I have sea salt and table salt on hand. Can I substitute one ...
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How can I reduce the salt taste in a dish [duplicate]

Can a dish prepared with too much salt be overcome without changing the water or ingredient content? Or least in a drastic way.
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Does salt interfere with the yeast in the dough swelling process?

I was told by a friend that, when making pizza dough, I should add the salt at a later stage than the yeast, because it might disturbe the yeast from doing its thing... I apologize for not having ...
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How to ration salt in small quantities?

I have high-ish blood pressure and the doctor said keep the salt under control. It is easy to ration controlled amounts of salt when cooking large amounts of stews and similar foods and you add salt ...
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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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Can I substitite iodized salt or sea salt instead of kosher salt to fry green tomatoes? [duplicate]

I am frying green tomatoes. The recipe calls for kosher salt. Can I use iodized salt or sea salt instead?
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Is it advisable to season a chicken with salt after having brined it?

I've used a standard 5% salt and water solution to brine a chicken, after having brined it is it advisable for me to season the chicken with salt before cooking it? I'm worried that if I do so that ...
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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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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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Rinse the salt off a steak before cooking?

I've been trying to perfect my technique for cooking a steak indoors. It was recommended to salt the steak about 30 minutes before cooking. I used kosher salt, and cooked the steak on cast iron. ...
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Should meat be seasoned before or after cooking?

When should meat be seasoned? I heard that salting meat prior to cooking draws out the moisture but I have noticed that a number of chefs season their meat prior to cooking.
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What device should I use for pressing/fermenting

I regularly make a Japanese side dish of fermented cabbage that's simply pressed down for a day and salted. I'd just jury rigged something up, but it finally broke so now I'm looking to see if there ...
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Is the stainless steel pot pitted by salt water bad for health?

I added salt and cold raw eggs to cold water in an All-Clad D5 18/10 stainless steel pot before turning the burner on. After the salt water was boiled and eggs were taken out, I saw a lot white spots ...
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When cooking pasta in salted water how much of the salt is absorbed?

Most chefs recommend that you should add quite a bit of salt to boiling water which you cook pasta in (sometimes 1 teaspoon). For those watching their sodium intake, how much of this salt will ...
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How long do you let a steak from the fridge come up to temperature, and when do you salt it?

Before cooking a steak, you're supposed to let it sit out at room temperature. You're also supposed to salt it. What is the proper timing for these steps? How long do you let the steak come up to ...
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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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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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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 ...