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Old 05-26-2011, 03:50 PM   #41
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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.
I have eaten some foods without any salt added. And some foods I am totally fine with eating without salt. And then there are foods like I mentioned that rely on salt (or another flavor or spice) for pretty much their whole flavor. And I would bet money that if the common person was polled in the street they would tell you they sprinkle a little salt on their corn (another example) for the salt flavor, not to enhance the corn flavor.

I do not know enough to comment on whether or not people who like the flavor of salt are "generally the same people who oversalt everything and have high blood pressure problems".
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:53 PM   #42
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When I eat potato chips, I taste a lot more salt than potato. At the same time, I have cooked some dishes that were bland and tasteless until I added salt. Then, I tasted the component flavors rather than the salt.

Sometimes you want to taste the food, sometimes you want to taste the salt.
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:26 PM   #43
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When I eat potato chips, I taste a lot more salt than potato. At the same time, I have cooked some dishes that were bland and tasteless until I added salt. Then, I tasted the component flavors rather than the salt.

Sometimes you want to taste the food, sometimes you want to taste the salt.
Exactly!

And sometimes you have to put on more salt than you really want to because you don't want to taste the food
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:30 PM   #44
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I am not saying that there are nit people who use salt to taste the salt. There is no doubt about that. But ask any person who has cut back on their salt intake and they will tell you that if they try to use the amount of salt they used to then the food tastes too salty. If you use just the right amount then you taste the flavor of the food. And yes salt enhances the natural corn flavor in corn as well.
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I think it's a misconception that salt "enhances" flavor. it doesn't. it merely makes your sense more sensitive, not to one flavor, but to any.
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Old 05-26-2011, 04:37 PM   #46
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I think it's a misconception that salt "enhances" flavor. it doesn't. it merely makes your sense more sensitive, not to one flavor, but to any.
don't mention that to a potato.
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You just defined what enhancing flavor is.
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don't mention that to a potato.
lol, the ol' "blank canvas"
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Old 05-27-2011, 07:15 AM   #49
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This is a good read when it comes to burgers

The Burger Lab: Salting Ground Beef | A Hamburger Today
Wow, I didn't know salt could do that...

I guess I'm gonna stick to salting the exterior of the patty.

Great post.
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Old 05-27-2011, 08:45 AM   #50
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Please don not take that articles word for it. Try your own test and make your own informed decisions. I have made countless burgers with salt mixed in and have NEVER seen anything even remotely close to that abomination that they showed in the picture. People rave about my burgers. The texture is great. They are so juicy my friends know not to wear nice clothes when eating them because they will get tons of juice dribbling down their chin. The flavor is delicious. All that I ask is that you they it yourself and see which way you like better. Remember, you can not believe everything you read.
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