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Questions tagged [salt]

Questions about the use of culinary salt in the kitchen.

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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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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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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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Is there a method for desalinating bacon?

Bacon contains a rather large amount of salt which can pose problems for people who are trying to find ways to reduce salt in their diet. Is there some method that can be used to reduce the amount 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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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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Where can I buy kosher salt in London?

I make a point of taking a few minutes to look around for the stuff whenever I go to a new supermarket / farmers market / ete etc and I haven't been able to find a source here. At the same time, I'm ...
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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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DIY Finishing Salt (Maldon, Fleur de Sel)

I've found links here and here on making finishing salts, but this isn't the kind I'm talking about. These are just mixtures of salt and some flavoring. I'm referring to salts like Maldon Sea Salt ...
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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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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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Cooked bacon too salty

I Have already cooked in the slow cooker overnight the bacon and forgot to soak. It is now really really salty and unfit to eat. How can I solve now and get rid of the salt. Thanks Bernie
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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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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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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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In a recipe, how much is “to taste”?

A lot of recipes I've been preparing lately often list salt and black pepper as "to taste" in terms of quantity. I get that the general idea is to make the food taste good, but I'm not sure that I ...
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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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Advantages of using vinegar as a salt substitute for enhancing flavor?

I read a short blurb in Cooking for Geeks that said vinegar can be used as a substitute for salt, as a flavor enhancer, to make food less bland. I plan on experimenting, but I don't know where to ...
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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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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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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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Baking beetroot in coffee crust

I've just read a blog post from Amass restaurant. I got very curious about roasting beetroot in coffee grounds as they said in the article. Looking a bit further, I've found also found an article by ...
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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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How to fix too much salt in cooking [duplicate]

As too much salt can make food unbearable.salt quantity is too much in food .then how to remove too much salt in my cooking??
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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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Can you candy salt?

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 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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​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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What determines the 'saltiness' of salt?

I've bought two brands of salt that are completely different in terms of 'salt' concentration(not sure if this is the correct terminology). I realized this because I needed three or four times more ...
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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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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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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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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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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 fish ...
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how do I get the salt out of my chinese take out

I bought some overly salted Chinese food ( I did not know it at time) and took most of it home. Now I would like to get the salt out so i can it eat. Do you have any suggestions?
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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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Why does salt taste different in different dishes?

If I salt tomato, potato and pasta, their tastes change in completely different ways to me. Why is this? Had I put oregano on them, they'd all taste like oregano. Update: The question is not "is it ...
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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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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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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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How can I reduce the sodium/salt in Halloumi?

I bought some Halloumi cheese the other day, and noticed that its sodium content is a WHOOPING 1.3 grams per 100 grams! I'm really scared to serve this now. Surely your blood pressure would skyrocket ...