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Old 06-10-2013, 01:00 PM   #1
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Kosher salt - advice

A lot of American recipes call for kosher salt. I know what it is but it is incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to get hold of in the UK. Would coarse sea salt such as Malvern or Halen Mon or Fleurs de Sel make a suitable substitute?

And can any ex-pat Americans currently cooking in the UK please advise me if there is a British equivalent to semi-sweet chocolate and unsweetened chocolate?

Thanks in anticipation
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A lot of American recipes call for kosher salt. I know what it is but it is incredibly difficult, if not impossible, to get hold of in the UK. Would coarse sea salt such as Malvern or Halen Mon or Fleurs de Sel make a suitable substitute?

And can any ex-pat Americans currently cooking in the UK please advise me if there is a British equivalent to semi-sweet chocolate and unsweetened chocolate?

Thanks in anticipation
Coarse sea salt could be a fine substitute. A lot depends on the grain size when measuring by volume. In the US, kosher salt brands compared to table salt - one requires twice the measure while another calls for 1.5 times. So finding an equivalent measure may be an issue.
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...And can any ex-pat Americans currently cooking in the UK please advise me if there is a British equivalent to semi-sweet chocolate and unsweetened chocolate?

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Try this link: Cook's Thesaurus: Chocolate for some substitution info.
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aww, c'mon, andy.

i'd wished you started with, "oy, vat's to know?"...
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aww, c'mon, andy.

i'd wished you started with, "oy, vat's to know?"...

Sorry, BT. I just don't have your comical mind. Or is that comedic?
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lol, probably neither.
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Try this link: Cook's Thesaurus: Chocolate for some substitution info.
Thanks for the link - very useful.
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Coarse sea salt could be a fine substitute. A lot depends on the grain size when measuring by volume. In the US, kosher salt brands compared to table salt - one requires twice the measure while another calls for 1.5 times. So finding an equivalent measure may be an issue.
Thank you for this.
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Coarse sea salt could be a fine substitute. A lot depends on the grain size when measuring by volume. In the US, kosher salt brands compared to table salt - one requires twice the measure while another calls for 1.5 times. So finding an equivalent measure may be an issue.
i agree with Andy. I think I'd go with the "less is more" theory and keep tasting until it tastes good.
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I live in the U.K. and have just looked at my container of Kosher salt (can't remember where I bought it though - sorry) and it says on the pack -
"Lior" fine sea salt - product of Israel

Ingredients: Sea salt - anticaking: E500, E535, Free flowing E551.

I also checked on the Nigella Lawson cook's forums and found this
Bittersweet Chocolate | Kitchen Queries | Nigella Lawson

Hope they help
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