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Old 09-13-2008, 02:51 PM   #1
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Silly Oatmeal Question

In most recipes, a pinch of salt is asked for, when cooking oatmeal. Why is this?

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Old 09-13-2008, 03:21 PM   #2
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Well.. makes it taste better....

Actually, I think it helps it from clumping up.
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Old 09-13-2008, 03:25 PM   #3
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seasoning.....
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Old 09-13-2008, 03:37 PM   #4
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Salt lifts the flavor of anything it's added to. So it works in oatmeal when a pinch is added.
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:18 PM   #5
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Oatmeal is about as bland as it gets. I toast my oatmeal before cooking it, add salt which brings out a tremendous amount of flavor and the sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar when done. The salt makes a real difference. I add salt to everything I cook. It wouldn't taste good without it. My daughter never salts her food when cooking and it all tastes bland and blah.
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there are alot of things I cant stand and under seasoned food is definitly one of them.
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Salt brings out the flavor in anything. That's basically why.
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Old 09-13-2008, 05:43 PM   #8
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These responses are right on target. The salt won't make the oatmeal salty, it will just bring out the flavor of the oatmeal and whatever else you add to it.

Salt is often called for in dessert recipes for that very reason. It makes other flavors more pronounced.
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