"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > The Back Porch > Off Topic Discussions
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-03-2011, 12:05 PM   #21
Head Chef
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Richmond, Va
Posts: 1,228
Funny you should mention salty bread. Lately my home made bread seems to salty. I have been thinking of cutting back or eliminating the salt altogether. I use a teaspoon in a pound loaf. Would I notice the difference if I cut back to a half tsp?
__________________

__________________
Bigjim68 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2011, 02:52 PM   #22
Head Chef
 
Zereh's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Bellevue, WA
Posts: 1,548
Quote:
Originally Posted by Bigjim68 View Post
Does anybody know why so many products include so much salt? I try to purchase salt free everything, and it is difficult to find products without salt. When you do find them, they are higher priced than unsalted.
My guess is that salt is an ultra cheap method of covering the taste of all of the non-food additives and chemicals that are in processed food. I've never bought low-sodium anything so I don't know about the price differences. But it's interesting that they charge more to use less of something, hmm? What a huge reminder that most food companies are all about cheap mass production and high profit margins and not so much about providing healthy, nutritious, real food. =)


I've accidentally forgotten to add salt to my bread dough before. Bread made without salt tastes like crap; you can tell the instant you take a bite that something is definitely missing.
__________________

__________________
~~
Zereh

We are fed by a food industry which pays no attention to health, and healed by a health industry that pays no attention to food - Wendell Berry
Zereh is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2011, 04:50 PM   #23
Master Chef
 
DaveSoMD's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Maryland
Posts: 7,038
Salt is added as a preservative and as a flavor. Salt and fat tend to make up for the lack of "flavor" in most processed foods, as does sugar.

That being said, I still occasionally use canned cream soups and buy pre-made and processed food. IMHO everything in moderation, as long as I don't eat like that at every meal every day having it occasionally is fine.
__________________
Quoth the chicken, "Fry some more."
AB - Good Eats: Fry Hard II
DaveSoMD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2011, 05:33 PM   #24
Master Chef
 
Join Date: Sep 2004
Location: Galena, IL
Posts: 7,973
I don't have any health issues with salt, but many of my friends do, so I'm careful. One result of watching it is that I am beginning to find things too salty that I'd never have found so a decade ago (I'm 55). I had a taste for Pringles the other day, and hubby and I could not finish the tube, they were TOO SALTY. A few years back I had acquaintances salting their Thanksgiving dinner like crazy and thought, my lord. My Thanksgiving dinner is one where I play loose and easy with the salt and thought everyone would find it TOO salty (everyone else at the table found the salt just right, just this one couple, who have some serious health problems now). And, as you've mentioned, I've found a lot of canned soups I loved .... too salty. Then, if I buy the low salt version, no flavor! So all I was tasting, all of those years, was canned salt?

OUCH!
__________________
Claire is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2011, 05:38 PM   #25
Senior Cook
 
megamark's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 141
That is a pretty high count for sodium. Like DaveSoMD said, its used as a preservative. Have you ever thought about making you're own? I'm sure there is a pretty good recipe for a similar cream/mushroom soup.
__________________
----------------------------------------------------
The bagel, an unsweetened doughnut with rigor mortis. ~Beatrice & Ira Freeman

//www.lowcarbgrub.com
megamark is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2011, 05:40 PM   #26
Chef Extraordinaire
 
taxlady's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: near Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Posts: 18,874
Send a message via Skype™ to taxlady
Quote:
Originally Posted by Claire View Post

...

Then, if I buy the low salt version, no flavor! So all I was tasting, all of those years, was canned salt?

OUCH!
Nah, I'm pretty sure salt makes some flavours "wake up". Or maybe it's your taste buds that wake up.
__________________
May you live as long as you wish and love as long as you live.
Robert A. Heinlein
taxlady is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2011, 07:26 PM   #27
Traveling Welcome Wagon
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Somewhere, US
Posts: 15,919
Quote:
Originally Posted by pacanis View Post
Barbara, do you think they have raised the sodium level, or are you developing a sensitive taste towards it?
I doubt it is any saltier than before--I think it is me. I quit salting my food at the table close to 20 years ago (except for a few things) and within two weeks started noticing how salty the food already was. I have been cooking with it for years, as I said, and it surprised me how salty it seemed the other night. I have been hearing stories on the news lately that they (government? can't remember) are going to actually start rewarding stores (not sure how) for selling healthier foods, and that a lot of food manufacturers are starting to lower the sodium, sugar, etc. levels in foods.

Another food that really surprised me was cottage cheese. I had the same experience a couple weeks ago, with it tasting extra salty. I checked the nutrition information and a serving had 20% of the daily value of sodium. And to think that I used to add salt to my cottage cheese!

Barbara
__________________
Barbara L is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2011, 08:28 PM   #28
Ogress Supreme
 
PrincessFiona60's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 36,282
Quote:
Originally Posted by Barbara L View Post
I doubt it is any saltier than before--I think it is me. I quit salting my food at the table close to 20 years ago (except for a few things) and within two weeks started noticing how salty the food already was. I have been cooking with it for years, as I said, and it surprised me how salty it seemed the other night. I have been hearing stories on the news lately that they (government? can't remember) are going to actually start rewarding stores (not sure how) for selling healthier foods, and that a lot of food manufacturers are starting to lower the sodium, sugar, etc. levels in foods.

Another food that really surprised me was cottage cheese. I had the same experience a couple weeks ago, with it tasting extra salty. I checked the nutrition information and a serving had 20% of the daily value of sodium. And to think that I used to add salt to my cottage cheese!

Barbara
I had the same experience with cottage cheese. All the sudden it needs no salt...it used to and that wasn't long ago. But, it's hard for me to say...I also quit smoking a while ago and I know my taste buds have been effected. Spicy foods are much spicier! Whoo boy!
__________________
PrincessFiona60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2011, 10:06 PM   #29
Chef Extraordinaire
 
Katie H's Avatar
Site Moderator
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: I live in the Heartland of the United States - Western Kentucky
Posts: 15,156
Quote:
Originally Posted by taxlady View Post
Nah, I'm pretty sure salt makes some flavours "wake up". Or maybe it's your taste buds that wake up.
Now, you've got it. Over-salting masks flavors but a little bit of salt "perks" up the flavors already there. That's why I use salt sparingly and even use it in my sugar glazes. Just a sprinkle of salt in those makes all the difference in the world in how the base flavors jump out. I'm not talking about lots of salt, just a pinch or less.

As for bread, yes, there should be some salt to, again, perk up the yeasty, yummy flavor of the bread. Just my take. Use my information as you see fit.
__________________
"As a girl I had zero interest in the stove." - Julia Child
This is real inspiration. Look what Julia became!
Katie H is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-14-2011, 12:37 PM   #30
Head Chef
 
Saphellae's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Posts: 1,611
We have been reducing our salt intake for a long time now. I used to think having a plate of deli meat, a slice of cheese and some crackers for lunch was healthy... lol.. now I can't even stand the taste of deli meat because it's SO processed and salty.

My only downfall is that nacho cheese dip. I have found one that won't kill my sodium intake for the day if I gorge on the whole thing... I'm so blessed to have found it.. !!!!

Now the chips, that is another story altogether.

I have never salted my food though, but my mom used to cook alot of packaged food, like side noodles, rice, etc. Whereas in my home, I make everything fresh... rice from a box is NOT allowed in our house!!!!
__________________

__________________
Saphellae is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:01 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.