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Old 12-01-2007, 11:16 PM   #21
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Heck, it's their food, once I serve it to them. If they want to salt, tobasco sauce, sour cream, mustard, fish sauce or otherwise condiment it to death, more power to them!
Enjoy!

I believe that some people probably have a genetic predisposition to salt. More taste buds or something. Perhaps it releases endorphins or something.

So if they want to ruin my perfectly prepared dish, that's fine with me! Eat! Enjoy!

Come to think of it, when I quit smoking, I didn't notice much TASTE increase...
but there is no doubt that my sense of SMELL improved!
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Old 12-01-2007, 11:50 PM   #22
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As for salting the food, I don't understand why people care what I do and don't do with the food I eat. If I tend to like things on the saltier side than most people do, why should that anger anyone?
Well I don't think anyone is saying it angers them. You want to salt your food then go for it. The question was about salting food [b]before[b] tasting it. It is just a curiosity because how can someone know that a dish is not already perfectly salty to their taste (or even too salty) before they taste it? You can always add, but you can't take away.
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Old 12-02-2007, 02:26 AM   #23
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This thread gives me food for thought. I've never placed S&P shakers at my table because:
1. I think my food is always well-seasoned, although I go light on salt for health reasons(ok, ok, mea culpa on arrogance).
2. I don't have any S&P shakers.

Guess it's time to buy a set and start observing the behavior of my dinner guests. :-) That should give me honest feedback about my food.
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Old 12-02-2007, 02:42 AM   #24
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Question: Is it acceptable to ask for S&P in case there's none at the dinner table?

I ask because I was once at a casual dinner at my friend's house who's a pretty good cook. I thought the food tasted great. Well, one of the guests actually asked the host for salt! And it wasn't like he whispered his request discreetly. He said it out loud and everybody at the table heard. I thought it was very rude. Of course my friend got salt from the kitchen. The guest proceeded to salt his food generously. His wife even partook of the salt as well! Afterwards, when I had forgotten about the incident, my friend asked me about the taste of that dish and I told her there was absolutely nothing wrong with the seasoning. She was clearly affected by the incident though.

Now on a related topic, I never realized that my dad always puts ketchup on his food before tasting it. It doesn't drive my mom nuts though (and she's a pretty good cook). He tried it once when he came visiting me here. I called him to the dinner table and he immediately asked if I had ketchup -- this before even knowing what food I was serving!!! Boy did I react like I was more than mildly insulted... Hope the message got across. Although I doubt it.
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Old 12-02-2007, 05:12 AM   #25
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it depends on the food for me, if it`s a plate of Chips/Fries then I will always add salt, same with freshly carved meat (stuff that isn`t salted during cooking), anything else I try before I add (or not).
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Old 12-02-2007, 08:16 AM   #26
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Question: Is it acceptable to ask for S&P in case there's none at the dinner table?
Personally, I think it is absolutely acceptable, but I would expect that request to come only after the food has been tasted. I would not expect the request to be whispered or said in a low voice either. No more so than asking for a glass of water.
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Old 12-02-2007, 08:17 AM   #27
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Like Robo410 I serve well seasoned meals. I put peppermills on the table and, being a fan of coarser salts I use those oldtime salt cellars when guests are present. It does make people stop and think for a moment.

On the other hand, I have a dear friend who cooks bland and badly. The salt shaker in the purse is not a bad idea. Maybe I could stow some other spices in there too!
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Old 12-02-2007, 08:47 AM   #28
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I have, over the years, diminished my use of salt in my cooking. There are times when I add salt but it is seldom enough for Mrs Hoot. Taste is very subjective. What tastes fine to me will likely not taste the same to others. I always have a peppermill and a salt shaker handy. I know some folks that do not care for freshly ground pepper so I keep a shaker with grocery store ground pepper on hand too. Life is too short, IMHO, to fret about such things.
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The salt shaker in the purse is not a bad idea. Maybe I could stow some other spices in there too!
funny you should say that, I do similar (I don`t have a purse obviously) by I wear a leather waistcoat almost 27/7 and in the pocket (amongst other things) I have a few packets of salt and one of tobasco sauce, for Exactly that reason
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Old 12-02-2007, 09:13 AM   #30
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Myself I think salting is a habit, when growing up, the s&p shakers were always passed around the table. I eat salt on apples, watermelon and cantaloupe - never without. Bad I know, so guess I am a salter too - never thought about it. Certain things I salt more though, baked potatoes, corn on the cob, popcorn etc. I know I should cut back !
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