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mike1980

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Salt Thu, 04/11/13 8:45 AM (permalink)
It's an issue of great discussion for many cooks and food lovers, but I read an interesting blog post recently which touched on the health benefits of sea salt over processed table salt.
 
Not only that - it sounds like sea salt is actually healthier, containing less sodium and more of the other trace elements than processed salt.
 
Are you picky over the kind of salt you use in cooking? I'm interested to hear more views on this issue.
 
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    Prof

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    Re:Salt Thu, 04/11/13 11:31 AM (permalink)
    Hi Mike,
    Lynn Rosetta Casper's show last Sunday had a salt expert on the air who claimed that our typical table salt and grocery store kosher salt were overprocessed dreck and that no serious foodie would use them and that there are salts that taste really good.  We got some salt on the island of Bon Aire where they evaporate sea water for the salt.  It was pinkish and had a delicious taste which I can't describe but I wish I had more.  If I lived in an urban area, I would try  to find some different salts to try.  A friend pointed out to me that we do need the iodine that our regular salt provides.
     
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      Twinwillow

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      Re:Salt Thu, 04/11/13 12:33 PM (permalink)
      My salts of choice are:
      Himalayan Pink crystals which I grind and use the most.
      Morton's coarse Kosher salt.
      Malden sea salt crystals. I like to crush them in my hand and then sprinkle.
      Fleur de Sel. Expensive but, great taste.
       
      All are used very sparingly.
       
       
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        kevincad

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        Re:Salt Thu, 04/11/13 1:57 PM (permalink)
        mike1980


        It's an issue of great discussion for many cooks and food lovers, but I read an interesting blog post recently which touched on the health benefits of sea salt over processed table salt.

        Not only that - it sounds like sea salt is actually healthier, containing less sodium and more of the other trace elements than processed salt.

        Are you picky over the kind of salt you use in cooking? I'm interested to hear more views on this issue.

        Sea salt has the same amount of sodium per weight.
         
        http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/sea-salt/AN01142
         
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          mar52

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          Re:Salt Thu, 04/11/13 6:10 PM (permalink)
          Sea salt has more iodine.  I stay clear of it.
           
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            iluvcfood

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              ann peeples

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              Re:Salt Thu, 04/11/13 8:06 PM (permalink)
              I havent gotten on the band wagon of  which salt is better, etc. I have cut back on salt while cooking. If I want some on my food, well I salt it.Unless its a huge health problem, I will continue to do what I do.
               
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                mar52

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                Re:Salt Thu, 04/11/13 9:26 PM (permalink)
                Kosher salt has no iodine.
                 
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                  love2bake

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                  Re:Salt Thu, 04/11/13 9:36 PM (permalink)
                  I think very much like Twinwillow:  Himalayan pink salt is excellent.  That, and Malden, and Fleur de Sel, etc. are often used as "finishing" salt, rather than used in the cooking or baking process so you can appreciate the flavor.  I typically use regular salt in baking, because it distributes better than larger crystals, but for garnishing or "finishing" I use the same salts as Twinwillow.  Also, smoked salts are good finishing salts.
                   
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                    iluvcfood

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                    Re:Salt Thu, 04/11/13 9:44 PM (permalink)
                    That may be but how many people eat Kosher salt?
                    With all those sardines, clams, lox, herring, pickled eggs you eat whats a little bit of iodine going to hurt??  
                     
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                      ann peeples

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                      Re:Salt Fri, 04/12/13 3:10 AM (permalink)
                      Sea salt is no better, or worse than regular salt. My sil, who is a doctor, explained to me that as the grains are bigger then table salt, one tends to use less.Therefore it is, essentially , better.But not really. Iodine, in most diets, is important.
                       
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                        mike1980

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                        Re:Salt Fri, 04/12/13 6:00 AM (permalink)
                        Great to hear all of your thoughts guys!
                         
                        I've got some Cornish Sea Salt on order from here: it looks really nice and I like the idea that the company has revitalised a dormant industry.
                         
                        I'll have to look out for some of that Himalayan salt - it sounds really interesting!
                         
                        EDIT: Ack, my link disappeared! Tried again...
                        <message edited by mike1980 on Fri, 04/12/13 11:32 AM>
                         
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                          Prof

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                          Re:Salt Fri, 04/12/13 7:26 AM (permalink)
                          Where do you get the unusual salts?  Thanks.
                           
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                            Scorereader

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                            Re:Salt Fri, 04/12/13 9:20 AM (permalink)
                            I buy iodized sea salt. It's a taste thing only. I never use table salt...except when out to eat, but not at home. Nothing against it, just think sea salt has a better flavor and the price difference is negligable - considering how long salt lasts in my house. 
                             
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                              love2bake

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                              Re:Salt Fri, 04/12/13 9:59 AM (permalink)
                              I've gotten Malden salt and Fleur de Sel off Amazon, but I also live in the SF Bay Area which has fancypants gourmet shops, so have found some interesting ones there.  Truffle salt is also tasty, btw.
                               
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                                SeamusD

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                                Re:Salt Fri, 04/12/13 10:15 AM (permalink)
                                I use either kosher or sea salt, but keep a box of regular in the cupboard also. The sodium content on my box of kosher salt is lower per serving than both the sea salt and regular iodized salt, but I don't use a lot anyway. I prefer the texture of the kosher over either of the others. I'd love to try the Himalayan salt, I never remember to look for it at the store.
                                 
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                                  mike1980

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                                  Re:Salt Fri, 04/12/13 11:35 AM (permalink)
                                  Prof


                                  Where do you get the unusual salts?  Thanks.

                                   
                                  hmm, I can't seem to put a link in to the site I have bought mine from because of spam settings, I'll put one in as soon as I can!
                                   
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                                    mar52

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                                    Re:Salt Fri, 04/12/13 1:28 PM (permalink)
                                    Iodine is important unless you're a thyroid patient.
                                     
                                    There are times you can't have ANY.
                                     
                                    Greg, many cook with Kosher salt.
                                     
                                    Here's all you need to know:
                                     
                                    http://www.wwrecipes.com/salt.htm
                                     
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                                      Twinwillow

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                                      Re:Salt Fri, 04/12/13 3:10 PM (permalink)
                                      love2bake


                                      I've gotten Malden salt and Fleur de Sel off Amazon, but I also live in the SF Bay Area which has fancypants gourmet shops, so have found some interesting ones there.  Truffle salt is also tasty, btw.

                                       
                                      I forgot. I also have truffle salt on hand. Great as a finishing salt on eggs.
                                       
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                                        Twinwillow

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                                        Re:Salt Fri, 04/12/13 3:14 PM (permalink)
                                        Himalayan salt:
                                        http://www.google.com/sea...;ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8
                                         
                                        I think Costco sells it now too. Trader Joe's sells it as well. Buy the crystals rather than the granulated and grind what you need. It's cheaper that way.
                                        <message edited by Twinwillow on Fri, 04/12/13 3:21 PM>
                                         
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                                          Twinwillow

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                                          Re:Salt Fri, 04/12/13 3:18 PM (permalink)
                                           
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                                            love2bake

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                                            Re:Salt Fri, 04/12/13 4:42 PM (permalink)
                                            Thanks for that link, Twin!  With that great list of potential benefits, maybe I'd better start using more of it now instead of the others.  However, I do wonder about "cellular hydroelectric energy creation." 
                                             
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