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Old 10-25-2007, 08:44 PM   #21
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Well, my personal blind taste test is complete. The test results are:

Side by side pure salt...I could tell no difference.
On a plain poached egg....I could tell no difference.
On plain boiled potato...I could tell no difference.
On plain broiled fish....I could tell no difference.

Scientific results I can't taste the differerence.

I must totally agree with Michael however, There are so many factors (all different) that effect our taste buds over time that it would be a hard call to definitively say one way or the other for the general population. Obviously, there are those who can detect a difference. I'm just not in that group! It was a fun little test however!! I can however taste how delicious this Wild Turkey American Honey that I am sipping on is...It is soooo good!!

Enjoy!
Uncle Bob, bless you for your scientific endeavors. Like you, I tried my own tests tonight, but I was not as vigilant as you. I tasted each in my hand:

Hand test of salt: Iodized versus Plain = No difference detected

I stopped there. I figured if I couldn’t tell a difference with pure salt in my hand, then the other flavors of food would certainly complicate matters.

So, for those that can taste a difference, maybe you guys are what is known as “super tasters”? Don’t know, but as I said before, and Michael reiterated, there are many factors that make our taste buds different and thus makes taste a subjective matter.

But you’re right UB, it was fun. I actually am a “salt” person and prefer salty over sweet, so this was enjoyable for me. My tongue my disagree tomorrow though!
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:50 PM   #22
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I just did the "keltin" test and only tasted the salt with nothing else. I had my wife help me. We took some kosher salt and ground it up in the mortar and pestal. Then we did the same with iodized table salt. Two piles were made. She blindfolded me and put salt on a spoon and asked me which it was. We did this 6 times. I was able to pick out the iodized salt each time right away. (and no keltin, I am not a super taster)

Like UB and Michael both mentioned, it is going to be different for each person.
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Old 10-25-2007, 08:58 PM   #23
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Uncle Bob ~ I thank you for your sacrifice!! I appreciate it.

Turns out my Kosher salt has iodine, so that surprised me.
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Old 10-25-2007, 09:04 PM   #24
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We all owe you a debt of gratitude, Uncle Bob! You've gone above and beyond, sacrificing yourself in the name of science. You deserve that Wild Turkey. (I'm really glad I'm not the only one who couldn't taste the difference.)

Yep, I threw my body into the arena of science!! In all fairness however, I must state that Michael was talking about me..Quote.."age, alcohol, smoking (in the distant past) medications" can dull or enhance some taste perceptions" When you add to that copious amounts of Tabasco/Louisiana Hot Sauce, and cayenne pepper it's a wonder I can taste anything!!

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Old 10-25-2007, 09:04 PM   #25
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Reading this thread has been very interesting. I'm not much of a salt person. Never have been. My father, a physician, told me I would have no trouble being on a salt-free diet. Although I do follow recipes and use salt as directed. Except, I usually add less in the beginning and add as necessary.
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(and no keltin, I am not a super taster)
You sure? Don't sell yourself short, it seems you've got some rather sensitive taste buds there!
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You sure? Don't sell yourself short, it seems you've got some rather sensitive taste buds there!
Positive. For instance, I have tasted salts that have other minerals in then that others say they can taste, but I can not taste them at all.
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Positive. For instance, I have tasted salts that have other minerals in then that others say they can taste, but I can not taste them at all.
How interesting. Well, there is something there that makes you different from me, Uncle Bob, Fisher's Mom, and GotGarlic in this thread alone. I wonder what it is? Diet, physiology, environment? I'm doubting environment. Don't know, but it is interesting.
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I think you are making it more complicated than it is. Each person is different for a million different reasons. A lot of people taste the iodine and a lot don't. There is not necessarily a single common factor.
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I think you are making it more complicated than it is. Each person is different for a million different reasons. A lot of people taste the iodine and a lot don't. There is not necessarily a single common factor.
I'm not so sure, GB. Have you ever had any closer encounters of say........the third kind?
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