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Old 03-15-2009, 11:59 PM   #11
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At school, we were taught....no, it was drilled in us....that you don't measure salt and pepper. You season with salt and pepper by feel, pinching it in your fingers. This is of course not for baking and for that I don't have any problem sticking a measuring spoon into the same little salt container I stick my clean fingers in.

But, Scotch, if you feel counting your shakes is quick and easy, then go for it.
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Old 03-16-2009, 04:40 AM   #12
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Over the years I have seen soooo many cooks, chefs and cooking demonstrators on TV that showed how to measure salt in the palm of your hand ... easily done in 2-3 seconds ... standing there counting "shakes" is kind of ...
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Old 03-16-2009, 09:40 AM   #13
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Over the years I have seen soooo many cooks, chefs and cooking demonstrators on TV that showed how to measure salt in the palm of your hand ... easily done in 2-3 seconds ... standing there counting "shakes" is kind of ...
That's exactly how I do it, by the palm of my hand. Then I started thinking about it, generally, I don't use table salt for cooking, I use kosher or sea salt which isn't exactly table salt shaker condusive.
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Old 03-16-2009, 10:40 AM   #14
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Bet we don't get any more tips from this poor guy.....
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:35 PM   #15
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Bet we don't get any more tips from this poor guy.....
LOL, yes, we can be brutal, can't we?

actually, I don't use morton table salt either, nor a salt shaker, I have a cute little lidded salt pig with a tiny spoon. Or I stick a measuring spoon in the rigid plastic bag of salt I buy from Penzeys..
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Old 03-16-2009, 12:46 PM   #16
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a cute little lidded salt pig with a tiny spoon.
I am disappointed not to see a photo attached!

I have a pewter bowl with Kosher salt and keep a half tsp measure in it. I also like the palm of the hand method. However - I also sometimes use a shaker - I think it's actually a parmesan cheese shaker; the holes are extra big and Kosher salt sprinkles easily from it.
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Old 03-16-2009, 01:53 PM   #17
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Ya, I use sea and kosher salt for cooking as well. I just learned to measure with my fingers instead of my palm!
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Old 03-16-2009, 02:09 PM   #18
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At school, we were taught....no, it was drilled in us....that you don't measure salt and pepper.

But, Scotch, if you feel counting your shakes is quick and easy, then go for it.

we don't measure, either, at school, though if you wanna shake to measure, shake to measure.
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Old 03-18-2009, 12:45 PM   #19
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I dont use a shaker when I cook because of this reason -- why shake 20 times?

I use a salt dish.

I can measure almost exactly a teaspoon of salt in the palm of my hand without even thinking about it.

Or else use a teaspoon to measure.

Much faster, easier and more precise than shaking, IMO
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