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Old 05-26-2011, 12:32 PM   #31
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As far as salt retaining water, this also applies to human physiology. Most all sports drinks contain high does of sodium. Salt tablets also help certain individuals during extreme physical activity with excessive sweating.
ah.. nuts. I was in the Navy, more specifically in Engineering aka "Snipes" - we had hand dispensers for "salt tablets" - go forth and research - it's a theory of lost support.
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Old 05-26-2011, 12:51 PM   #32
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eh, excuse me but drinking sodium-added sports drink during activity is NOT for retaining water. it's for resupplying the sodium lost from sweating, to keep balanced electrolyte in your body so that your nervous system can function
Thanks for the clarification. I meant to say that, I swear...
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:05 PM   #33
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As far as forming patties, I take a large can of tomato sauce and use that to squish each tennis ball sized worth of ground beef. The patties come out looking 'naturally formed'......whatever that means....lol..
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:27 PM   #34
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As far as forming patties, I take a large can of tomato sauce and use that to squish each tennis ball sized worth of ground beef. The patties come out looking 'naturally formed'......whatever that means....lol..

As long as you don't mind "Product of the USA" stamped into the middle of your burger.
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Old 05-26-2011, 02:02 PM   #35
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eh, excuse me but drinking sodium-added sports drink during activity is NOT for retaining water. it's for resupplying the sodium lost from sweating, to keep balanced electrolyte in your body so that your nervous system can function
Part of that is retaining water.
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Old 05-26-2011, 02:07 PM   #36
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the truth is, whether to add salt or how much salt to add totally depends on the eater. some people's tastebuds are not as sensitive as others and need salt to open them up. For myself, beef naturally contains enough sodium to make me taste saltiness (I can eat raw beef alone and enjoy the taste) and I don't need to add salt to it, except when the beef is processed/cooked in water. steaks are the same way for me. I only add salt to the surface to draw out some water-soluable protein in order to better form crust. this salt does not even alter the saltiness of the steak.
The question was not whether to add salt, but when. Yes how much to add depends on the individual, However what salt does is the same for everyone. And you don't salt to make food taste salty. If ghat is how you are using salt then you are using it wrong. Salt is a flavor enhancer. It is used to bring out the natural flavors that are already present in whatever you are making. Salting a hamburger is not supposed to make you hamburger taste salty. It is supposed to make the beefy flavor more pronounced. Whether you use a half a teaspoon or three tablespoons in your hamburgers, the burger will taste better if the salt is mixed in as opposed to added just to the exterior.
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Old 05-26-2011, 02:55 PM   #37
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Using salt "wrong"???
Some people like the taste of salt. I never met a pretzel with salt on the outside I didn't like. I can't imagine they are salted to bring out the flavor of the dough... Any more than I add a little salt to that cold slice of pizza to bring out the flavors of the cold pizza, lol.
Salt may very well be a flavor enhancer, and I don't doubt the *experts* that it is, but it is also a flavor many people enjoy on its own merit. Especially with tequila ;^)
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all you have to do after grinding meat, is to mix it well. even though you do not add anything to it. YOu almost have to wipp it, don't know how to describe any other way. If you do that you will be fine. I always grind my own meat.
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:03 PM   #39
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I can't imagine they are salted to bring out the flavor of the dough.
And why not? Have you ever had a dough product made without salt? It tastes flat and horrible. You need the salt to bring out the flavor in the dough. That is actually one of the best examples where salt is a flavor enhancer.

Yes, some people like salt for salts taste. Those are generally the same people who oversalt everything and have high blood pressure problems.
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:20 PM   #40
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it is without question politically incorrect to bring up these facts.
but, such are the facts; if you don't believe it, just wait a decade or two.

us old geezers suffer "taste bud disfunction" - along with a whole lotta' other 'disfunctions.' salt is cheap; otoh Viagra is not cheap.

personally, I'm functioning well without Viagra, and without heaps of additional salt.

but a teaspoon of salt in a 5 ounce burger.... nah, that's well beyond my tolerance.
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