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Questions about the use of culinary salt in the kitchen.

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Can I substitute salts 1:1 by weight?

In a recipe where you’re dissolving salt in water or a similar mixture(not sprinkling it as a seasoning, etc.) is it possible to substitute, for example, 1 gram of kosher salt with 1 gram of table ...
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Seasoning chicken in sous vide?

Question: should chicken be pre-seasoned or post-seasoned when sous vide-ing? See my results below, but please post your own preferences and results as well.
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Coarse Kosher Salt In Salt Mill

We recently are starting to run out of coarse sea salt, and I was wondering if it is okay to substitute out coarse sea salt and instead use coarse kosher salt to grind inside of a stainless steel ...
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How much salt in “liberally season”?

I've been reading and watching content about cooking and when the instructor says, "liberally season with salt", I am left clueless as to how much I should apply. As a complete novice in cooking, I ...
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Is it possible, and if so, how can I preserve lean meat using only salt at home?

I have lean meat (4-5mm slices) which I would like to preserve using only salt. Is this possible to do at home? Do I need any kind of special curing salt or is regular fine? I really don't care ...
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Salting ground Turkey

I am vegetarian but cook meat for my husband. As such, I don’t know much about seasoning meat. I know salting foods is a matter of taste, but if I am sautéing 1 pound ground turkey with onions and ...
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Syracuse Salt Potatoes - what's the deal?

Recently I've learned about salt potatoes, which is a regional dish from Syracuse, NY. Basically, you put about 1 cup of salt to 6 cups of water and boil unpeeled potatoes in that water. I've also ...
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Dried and Salted Fish Fillets (e.g. cod) Sous Vide

I don't have much experience cooking with dried and salted fish, but as far as I have read traditional recipes start with a long soaking time in water (and also changing the water multiple times) to ...
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The Proper Use of Kosher and Sea Salt [duplicate]

I understand the difference between the two salts. What I don't understand is that if sea salt is finer than Kosher salt, and more easily dissolves into the food than the larger Kosher crystals, then ...
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Should I salt water for cooking pastas based on the volume of water or amount of food?

I was wondering if I should estimate the amount of salt I need proportionally to the volume of water or to the amount of pasta?
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Can I pickle and brine without salt?

I have to reduce my sodium intake. I love kosher dill pickles. I'd like to make my own with less or no sodium. So in researching, I see references to using saltpeter in place of salt sometimes. It is ...
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What does “Massage with salt” mean in a recipe?

I want to try this recipe for Vegan Lox by Tasty. Step 5 is Use a vegetable peeler to shave the carrots lengthwise into ribbons. Massage with salt. I don't understand what "Massage with salt" ...
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Why add salt to dumpling dough?

I often cook Russian dumplings - pelmeni, but it relates to any similar kind of dumplings. Basically, you wrap small balls of ground meat (mixed with spices and other ingredients like onions) and boil ...
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Salt in dry ingredients versus salt in water?

Food: Baking focaccia. Ingredient and step in question: 3 grams of salt called for pre-mix. 'Problem': Normally I put the salt in the dry ingredients. Yesterday I put the salt with the wet ...
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Why does brining lead to firmer salmon?

It often recommended to brine salmon with salt before sous vide, so it's firmer. On the other hand, salt tenderizes meat. What is the explanation of this opposite behavior.
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How much salt do potatoes absorb when being boiled?

My mashed potatoes are always bland. I’ve googled recipes and a lot of them say to put a teaspoon or so of salt in the water to boil them. I’m a bit worried about using so much salt. What I’d like ...
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Cooking time for vegetables in plain water versus in a soup

I have consistently observed that a given vegetable simmering in a soup (that is, with multiple other vegetables and herbs, and usually salted) takes five to ten times longer to get soft than when the ...
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Fermented cucumbers without or with minimal salt possible?

Cucumbers can be made sour by giving sugar to lactic acid bacteria (I do not like vinegar). Do you really need salt and can it be avoided, or what is the minimum if you do need it as preservative? ...
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Forgot to add salt to rice before cooking. How can I add salt after cooking to fix that?

I cooked jasmine long grain rice - but forgot to add salt before cooking. It is a small amount, about 250 ml dry rice.* When the 20 min where over, I noticed I had forgotten the salt. Adding salt ...
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How do you make unsalted olives?

How do I cure olives without using salt? Is oil the only option? Or salt free fermentation of some sort? I found this one claiming to be unsalted but couldn't find any recipe/resource describing the ...
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Could you brine steak?

I have read that brining pork chops is a good idea but can you brine beef steaks of various cuts? Would this achieve anything good or spectacular or is it just a waste of time?
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Keeping meat in salt water

Let's say that I want to keep meat in my fridge for a week. From what I read, this is frowned upon, as it leaves time for bacteria to develop and to produce toxins which won't be destroyed by cooking ...
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Is iodized salt unsuitable for baking bread?

I've heard it said that iodized salt produces an acrid flavor when heated to high temperatures, such as for baking. Is there any truth to this?
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What do I do with the egg that contains a crack while curing in brine?

I am making some salted eggs using a saturated brine solution. I just noticed one of the eggs has crack in it. Should I be worried? The recipe instruction says I should check if one of the eggs have a ...
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Salt turned peas from creamy to crunchy

Here is what I did, I boiled a bag of frozen peas,about 400 grams, in a pot of water. I checked for tenderness after a while and they were creamy on the inside like I wished they were. I take some out ...
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Forgot to add salt to french fries while soaking it in hot water

I tried to make french fries at home for the first time. As I searched over the internet, there are four steps, Soak the potatoes in cold water for 20 mins Soak the potatoes now in hot water for 10 ...
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Lightly salted water?

I often see a recipe that require something to be boiled in "lightly salted water" e.g. Semmelknödel, but I'm always in doubt on how much salt that actually is. Can anyone tell the "correct" ratio of ...
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Does chocolate ice cream tend to have more salt than strawberry or vanilla?

To the question Why does chocolate ice cream melt faster than others? I wrote an answer that suggests that it's not because of chocolate ice cream's dark color, but instead because of a lower melting ...
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Question about soft cures and curing salts

I was advised that your curing salts should be added 0.2% of the salt by weight, so if you have 125kg worth of koshering salt, that is 250grams of curing salt. Can the same be done when you have 100kg ...
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(Survival Salt) Extract Salt from natural sorces (In the wild) without the Ocean

I'm inquiring to learn a survival technique in the wilderness. How can I extract and crystallize salt (sodium chloride) from wild plants, animals, or rocks, with access to a freshwater source only. I ...
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Does salt prevent water from absorbing nutrients and falvours from food?

A long time ago, I read somewhere, that there is a very specific reason, why we put salt in the water for cooking pasta: The point is to hinder the water from absorbing flavor and nutrients from the ...
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Is it good to store a salt block with silica packs?

We recently started using an Himalayan salt block. We cleaned it as per the directions, and the storage said to scrub it, dry it, let it air dry, and store it in an airtight container. It seems ...
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Alternative to salt when using Mortar and Pestle

For numerous reasons, I need to prepare the vast majority of food salt-free. Been doing this since the 80's, and now we are very sensitive to any added salt in our food. This extends to, for instance, ...
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Do salt or vinegar in the boiling water help peeling eggs?

In another question, a user commented I've heard some tales that vinegar helps with peeling afterwards and another one responded both are totally useless That struck me as a very good ...
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Do we really need to salt eggplant in order to remove the bitterness? [duplicate]

Do we really need to salt eggplant in order to remove the bitterness out of it, or will only peeling remove its bitterness?
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How can I be more frugal with salt when cooking (dried) pasta?

When cooking pasta (from dried), I currently need to add a significant amount of salt to the water to add flavour. As the pasta itself is extremely cheap, and the water is completely free - it can at ...
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Seasoning pasta water

Is it possible to oversalt pasta water? Will the extra salt be unabsorbed or would the pasta be noticeable too salty? Is there anything people add to pasta water for seasoning (I.e ground pepper or ...
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How does the quantity of salt change after the steaming stage when cooking pulao?

When making pulao1, I taste the salt in the broth before the steaming stage (also called dum). At this time, the saltiness is just right. But after the rice has finished steaming, it is less salty ...
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How do I know that the quantity of salt is enough for a given amount of flour? [duplicate]

When making bread during Ramadan, I can't taste the flour. Is there a known ratio of salt to flour when making bread?
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What should I do when I add too much salt to rice? [duplicate]

I accidentally added extra salt to my rice. Is there anything I can do now?
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How to balance the spiciness in any kind of dishes

My question is about the spiciness of any kind of dish. I am having trouble balancing the spiciness in food. Sometime salt becomes sharp, and sometimes peppers are too sharp.
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Why does adding sugar/salt causes water to release?

This is purely practical observation. If I add pinch of sugar or salt, somehow automagically water appears in the pot. For example I had a week old cauliflower somewhat wilted/dried in fridge cooing ...
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How much salt does pasta absorb compared to rice?

Apparently if you cook both pasta or rice in salty water both will absorb salt. It seems to me the salt changes the taste of the pasta more than it changes the taste of rice though I could be wrong, ...
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​What is the purpose of salt in fermented vegetables?

I'm trying to stay low on sodium so I limit salt intake to minimum wherever possible (most of it comes from bread, fermented vegetables or a tiny dash here and there for seasoning) For vegetables I ...
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Why is chocolate generally sweet?

Apparently there is very little sugar in a cocoa pod so sugar is generally added in the chocolate production process. My question is why has it become the complete standard to have sweet or semi ...
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Is it possible to make salty avocado Ice Cream without a machine?

I'm trying to make salty avocado ice cream for a culinary school project, but don't really know if it's possible. I've found several no-churn recipes, but most of them use sweetened condensed milk. ...
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What is the difference between normal salt and salt of guérande?

What is the difference between the salt of guérande sel de guérande and normal salt ? I have a truffle flavored sel de guérande, which have nearly the same taste of normal salt if it doesn't contain ...
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How do potatoes work against salt

For people cooking now and then it is common knowledge that you have to add an extra of salt if you're including potatoes in your meal. But what is the (biological? chemical?) reason that potatoes - ...
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If I double a bread recipe do I double the salt? [duplicate]

I think it was my mom who gave me the rule of thumb that when you double a recipe you double everything except the salt. I'm willing to defer to her wisdom for the sorts of soups and stews she liked ...
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What can be done with accidentaly oversalted beef?

I mistakenly marinated some thin beef with regular salt for one day before barbecuing it, turns out you're not supposed to do that! Even after washing it, it is unbearable to eat it by itself. I'm ...

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