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Old 04-26-2010, 03:45 PM   #1
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Rule of thumb for salt use? Is there one?

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I was wondering if there's a rule of thumb when using salt?

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Old 04-26-2010, 03:52 PM   #2
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The only rule I know it is better to undersalt the food than over slat the food.
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That is a very broad question that has many answers depending on what you are talking about.

If I were to come up with a general catch all rule of thumb for salt then it would be that almost everything can benefit from salt, but having the right amount and using too much can be a very fine line.
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Old 04-26-2010, 04:03 PM   #4
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Hello,

I was wondering if there's a rule of thumb when using salt?
My rule of thumb...when using salt is...."Salt to taste" HTH

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Old 04-26-2010, 05:04 PM   #5
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put a small amount in palm of your hand, pinch a bit of it , that most always is enough. if people want more salt, let them salt at the table.
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Old 04-26-2010, 05:19 PM   #6
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Keep adding salt until it tastes good.
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Old 04-27-2010, 11:43 AM   #7
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Thumb without salt!

I prefer sucking my thumb without salt.
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Old 04-27-2010, 11:56 AM   #9
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Hello,

I was wondering if there's a rule of thumb when using salt?
  1. "Less is more." Always use less salt instead of more. You can't remove salt.
  2. It's best to keep it "to taste", and allow each person to add their own salt/pepper to dishes, because one person's "to taste" is different from another person's.
  3. If you spill it, toss a pinch over your shoulder. {hahaha, okay... maybe not that one, but I thought it was funny that I saw a chef do it on a cooking show... }
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I think the danger with rules of thumb is that there are cases where the opposite is true and if you go by rules of thumb then you may end up doing the opposite of what you should have done.

For instance, many people think salt less in cooking and let the eater add salt at the table. However if you are making a steak using a dry brine method (my favorite way to make a steak) then it only works if you salt first well before cooking.
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