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Old 12-07-2012, 03:52 PM   #161
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I often find that I've made a pot of beans without any added salt, due to the addition of andouille, ham, chorize, etc.

Now I wait until the beans are done before tasting, and often refrigerate them overnight before adding any seasonings.
Beans are one of those foods that readily absorb the flavors of other foods added. Split Pea soup is another one. In fact any dried food that has to be rehydrated.
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Old 12-10-2012, 12:38 PM   #162
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Remember to take into account any salt that may already be in food items to be used in recipes where foods are combined, such as lasagna, casseroles, stews, mixed rice dishes, etc. Items like sausages, including hot dogs, have a fair amount of salt already in them. if other ingredients have salt as sell, or if you normally add salt to what you are cooking, you may end up with something too salty.

Case in point: I was making a familiar rice pilaf last night, and changed three ingredients. I used two pre-made soup mixes, an onion, and a chicken soup mix to season the rice, and chopped hot dogs, along with celery and onion. Normally, this dish is made with a packet of chicken soup mix, browned, ground beef, celery, and onions, and is great tasting. Last night, the hot dogs were clearly too salty for the dish. I only added two chopped dogs. Lesson learned.

It's easy to start with unsalted ingredients, and season to taste. When using pre-salted foods, you have to be more careful.

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Old 12-10-2012, 07:59 PM   #163
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Thank you Chief Longwind of the North. You are SO RIGHT.
And this is the main reason I became a 'no salt' cook. I always forget to put salt in when I am cooking. Unless I am following a recipe. Such as for cookies. I know there is no salt in flour.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:04 PM   #164
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And this is the main reason I became a 'no salt' cook. I always forget to put salt in when I am cooking. Unless I am following a recipe. Such as for cookies. I know there is no salt in flour.
But there is in salted butter.

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Old 12-10-2012, 08:22 PM   #165
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But there is in salted butter.

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Knowing that, is why I don't use salt when I am cooking daily food items. Baking is different.
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:05 PM   #166
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When prepping large fish, especially members of the salmonid family, remove the belly meat and the fatty meat from under the dorsal fin. To further improve the fish flavor, skin it. This gets rid of much of the fish oil that gives salmon, and trout that somewhat objectionable "fishy" flavor. The flesh has a more delicate, and great flavor, especially with a little salt and garlic.

The dark meat, or bloodline, in many fish, such as tuna, pike, and others, also can have a less than appealing flavor. Remove it.

If you do this, and cook it properly, your fish will be delicious, and contain fewer contaminants. Fish, when prepared properly can be the star of the dinner.

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But, but I like the crispy skin!
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Old 12-18-2012, 11:57 PM   #168
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But, but I like the crispy skin!
Oh yeh, I forgot to say that you can use the skins like cracklins. And smaller fish of the salmonid family don't need to have the skin, or any flesh removed. Just dust them with flour and fry them up. By small, I mean legal, but shorter than 15 inches.

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When cooking anything, make up your mind that your primary task is to properly prepare and cook your food. You can listen to the radio in the background, talk to family and friends, etc. Stay away from the TV. Don't let yourself get hung up on the phone, or vacuuming the living room.

I can't tell you how many times I've let myself get distracted and burned what was supposed to be a great meal. Successful cooking requires four things, planning, good ingredients, preparation, and execution. Do these things and your will make, and create great food.

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Chief's Tip of the Day

When cooking anything, make up your mind that your primary task is to properly prepare and cook your food. You can listen to the radio in the background, talk to family and friends, etc. Stay away from the TV. Don't let yourself get hung up on the phone, or vacuuming the living room.

I can't tell you how many times I've let myself get distracted and burned what was supposed to be a great meal. Successful cooking requires four things, planning, good ingredients, preparation, and execution. Do these things and your will make, and create great food.

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Yes...the Internet can be a distraction too...even DC. I have to be careful about that.
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