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Old 12-01-2007, 07:49 PM   #1
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People and Salt

So this thanksgiving we we go to our neighbors I brought most of the sides 2 stuffings,gravy,sweet potatoes etc there was a really nice man there but I cant stand it when someone gets a plate of food and immediatley starts salting the meal with out even tasting it first.As I watched him he added copious amounts of salt not once but 3 times before even tasting the food I just stared at him.I couldnt believe it I aways took pride in my cooking by seasoning just right if its right no salt needed.Thats how I judged my cooking at the Ski Valley by how much people used salt at the table.
I believe it was Henry Ford the inventer of the Model T would take prospective employees to lunch fot the interview if they salted their food before tasting he would not hire them.
So heres my question why do people salt their meal before tasting and why did Mr.Ford not hire people that did the same thing.I believe he figured they made a decision first before getting all the information.
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Old 12-01-2007, 07:57 PM   #2
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I don't know, jp. That always perplexes me, too. Our oldest son was that way when he lived at home. He'd fill his plate and then proceed to salt away. I can't tell you how many times I said, "Chris, how do you know it needs salt if you haven't even tasted it?" He never had an answer. I don't know if he still does it. He's 37 now, so I hope he's changed over the years. It's certainly healthier if he has.
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Old 12-01-2007, 08:14 PM   #3
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It has always drove me crazy when people do that. Why they do it can be for as many reasons as their are people, but my guess is that most of those people have gotten so used to over salting their food that they always know that they will be adding salt anyway so why not add it right at the beginning.
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Old 12-01-2007, 08:15 PM   #4
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I almost always salt at the table before tasting the food, even if I've cooked it.

It's because: 1) no one these days, even me, cooks with enough salt for me (I cook for me and for a low-sodium diet brother), and 2) I like the taste of freshly sprinkled salt on my food just before I eat it, and 3) habit.

Everyone's taste is different, and there is no such thing as "perfectly seasoned" one-size-fits-all. I consider it arrogant and presumptuous when salt and pepper shakers are not on the table at a restaurant or at a home where someone has cooked.

I do admit, however, that I taste food first at someone else's house before I salt it, but ONLY to avoid a negative reaction from the host!

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Old 12-01-2007, 08:20 PM   #5
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I almost always salt at the table before tasting the food, even if I've cooked it.

It's because: 1) no one these days, even me, cooks with enough salt for me (I cook for me and for a low-sodium diet brother), and 2) I like the taste of freshly sprinkled salt on my food just before I eat it, and 3) habit.

Everyone's taste is different, and there is no such thing as "perfectly seasoned" one-size-fits-all. I consider it arrogant and presumptuous when salt and pepper shakers are not on the table at a restaurant or at a home where someone has cooked.

I do admit, however, that I taste food first at someone else's house before I salt it, but ONLY to avoid a negative reaction from the host!

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Its not arrogant or other wise I just expect people to taste first and then decide if it needs more salt.After that its your choice on what to do.
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Old 12-01-2007, 08:29 PM   #6
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You asked why, jp, and I gave you three good reasons.

You asked for thoughts, and my thoughts are that omitting S and P shakers from the table is arrogant and presumptous.

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Interesting. I never heard about omitting salt and pepper shakers from the table. Has that been proposed?
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Old 12-01-2007, 08:34 PM   #8
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There are restaurants that do not put them on the table, usually upscale places. I agree with QSis that the practice of doing that is ridiculous. Taste is completely subjective and no chef could ever expect to cook something so that every single person tastes it the same way. The only way to know if you need to add salt though is to first taste it.
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I always have S&P at the table I just once heard by my french chef employer years ago said in top end places they do no not.My point in my question was why salt before you have not tasted the food in the first place?How do you know if it needs more salt until you try it first.Im saying why do people salt before knowing it needs more salt.Get It?
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Old 12-01-2007, 08:55 PM   #10
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I am guilty of salting before tasting. I just know that I like fresh salt on certain foods no matter how seasoned it may or may not be. No disrespect intended. I will admit I am working on "not salting" since I don't think it is a very healthy habit.
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