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Old 09-09-2007, 10:02 AM   #1
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Not all salts created equal

After years of using Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt, the DW mistakingly bought a box of Mortons Coarse Kosher Salt.

Diamond Crystal is easy to use because it's very hard to add too much salt.

After one use, I noticed the Morton's added a salty flavor without enhancing the taste of the dish. Basically, it tastes like table salt.

I dumped the Mortons...now I'm back to normal.

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Old 09-09-2007, 10:07 AM   #2
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Dumped it!? you should save it for winter time and do your driveway with it
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:23 AM   #3
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It's probably partly due to the fact that Mortons is a finer grind so you pick up more with a pinch that you would with the coarser Diamond cryatal. Also, I believe there is more than just salt in the box.
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Magnesium Carbonate, sodium or Potassium hexacyanoferrate as often added as anti-caking agents, although they shouldn`t really have much of a taste in those amounts.

as Andy said the greater mass per pinch is the real cause :)
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:42 AM   #5
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Good point, YT.

Andy, the size of the granules seemed to be the same, but a different texture. Have you noticed differences with salts, too?

I can't believe how important it's become using certain brands of what is supposed to be the same product.
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:44 AM   #6
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i don't have the diamond crystal kosher salt down here in houston, but i do have a good kosher salt from the north american salt company.

i now use the morton's kosher salt for "washing" my carbon steel & french steel fry pans.
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Old 09-09-2007, 10:55 AM   #7
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Jeeks, Morton salt grains pack more closely together than Diamond. I don't know if it's the grain size or shape, but they have been proven in tests to do so.

I saw a chart somewhere (maybe ATK) that said a Tb of Diamond Crystal was equal in weight to a lesser measure of Mortons which, in turn, was equal to even less of a measure of table salt. Sorry, don't remember the details.
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Now that you said it, I think I saw that episode. I....We'll never make that mistake again.

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