Whenever I watch cooking shows on TV, they always advise to season the meat "liberally", even "aggressively". Is there a particular reason for this, or do regular people just tend to under season their meat?

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    Simple; stop watching TV, and cook stuff the way you like :-)
    – TFD
    Jul 14, 2014 at 5:01

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When it comes to steaks, there is specific reason to use a lot of salt. The Serious Eats food lab goes into pretty good detail about salting a steak. It has to do with drawing out the moisture on the surface of the steak. This helps create a nice sear and affects the way the steak cooks.

For other types of meat, I assume they are just telling everyone to season more. The amount of salt used in a commercial kitchen is unreal.

  • Depending on how you are cooking, a great majority of the seasoning can easily fall off into the grill, stick to the pan, or other similar fates. You can avoid the over-salt by going with high quality seasonings, such as Spike or Mrs. Dash, or just rolling your own out of herbs and spices.
    – Kogitsune
    Jul 15, 2014 at 18:18

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