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Old 06-02-2010, 12:19 AM   #1
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Kosher vs. Regular Salt

Is there a difference between kosher salt and regular salt besides one is kosher? Can kosher salt do something regular salt cannot?

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Old 06-02-2010, 01:11 AM   #2
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The kosher salt I've seen is also coarse salt, not fine table salt. So...crystals are bigger.
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Old 06-02-2010, 06:16 AM   #3
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Besides having larger crystals, as Alix points out, kosher has a slightly sweeter flavor due to a higher mineral content than ordinary table salt. And Sea Salt has more in common with kosher salt than ordinary table salt because of undissolved minerals as well.

Some people can taste the difference, some people can't. There's no right or wrong.
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:01 AM   #4
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The name kosher is a bit misleading. All salt is kosher. The reason kosher salt is called kosher is because it was used in the koshering process. Because of the size and shape of the crystals the salt would stick to the meat and draw the blood out without just instantly dissolving.
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Old 06-02-2010, 08:29 AM   #5
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Because of having purchased kosher salt only once... in one HUGE box that's lasted me forever, I did notice that it's more of a flake shape than a round crystal.
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:23 AM   #6
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try patting kosher salt on a dry steak or burger and then slapping it on a very hot dry skillet.it makes a beautiful crust as it draws just enough juice to caramelize.use high heat and don't touch it till it releases from the cooking surface.i like cast iron and get better results with a flat surface rather than a grill type surface.MANGA!!
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:26 AM   #7
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typically kosher salt does not have added iodine vs common table salt .iodine is added to prevent thyroid goiters
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Old 06-02-2010, 09:38 AM   #8
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Kosher salt, since it is a larger grain, measures differently from table salt. A teaspoon of kosher salt will provide less saltiness than a teaspoon of table salt. Not because table salt is saltier but because there is more salt in the spoon since the smaller grains pack more closely together.

Of the most common brands in the US, Diamond Crystal kosher salt has the largest grains, Morton's kosher salt has smaller grains and table salt is the finest grain. For example, a tablespoon of table salt is equal to a tablespoon and a half of Morton's kosher and two tablespoons of Diamond Crystal kosher.
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Old 06-02-2010, 10:27 AM   #9
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I never use table salt, I use kosher salt for cooking, fine sea salt for baking, and finishing salts for the finished dishes...
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I never use table salt, I use kosher salt for cooking, fine sea salt for baking, and finishing salts for the finished dishes...
Finishing salts!? Sounds interesting. Please, enlighten me.
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