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Old 03-22-2006, 12:11 PM   #11
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ok, so shape affects volume and dissolution rates, which thereby affects flavor. thanks gb and robo.

so then you wouldn't want to grind certain salts, or it would change the characteristics that you paid for.

the right tool/salt for the right job i'd guess.
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Old 03-22-2006, 12:56 PM   #12
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Boy, this erupted into far more then I ever thought it would!

I just want something to grind sea salt crystals, as I have found I enjoy the flavor of the sea salt when ground fresh onto my serving of whatever. It wouldn't be used in cooking, that's what the Morton's stuff is for.

I guess it is all personal preference for seasoning with salt.
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Old 03-22-2006, 01:02 PM   #13
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no prob bigdog. it's a good topic, and i've learned something from it. i love it when a little subject here grows into something really interesting because of all of the interesting people and opinions on this site.

from what we've discussed then, get a ceramic or good ss grinder and coarse sea salt, and grind away.
by grinding the salt just before eating, you are creating a sort of finishing sea salt, which dissolves quickly thereby imparting it's immediate flavor.
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Old 03-22-2006, 01:20 PM   #14
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Like you said BigDog, it is all personal preference. there is no right or wrong, just what is right to you.

As the others said, go with ceramic or ss. The other option is to buy the least expensive grinder you can find and just replace it when it rusts.
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Old 03-22-2006, 01:31 PM   #15
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Or buy fine grain sea salt, if the type you like comes that way. The grinding process doesn't do anything for the flavor, like it does pepper.

But some salts only come in large crystals.
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Or buy fine grain sea salt, if the type you like comes that way. The grinding process doesn't do anything for the flavor, like it does pepper.

But some salts only come in large crystals.
Hmmmmmmmm . . . . . . something to look for. I've not seen sea salt in fine grain form, only in pebble type form needing grinding.

Me thinks I have a solution. I'm going to buy a good pepper mill (see that topic) and use the clear plastic grinder I have the pepper in now for salt. It was a cheap mill from Target Beautique, and has held more than its own for some time with pepper. I'll throw the salt in that and if it fades to failure, get another cheapo.
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Old 03-22-2006, 03:32 PM   #17
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THIS shows some coarse and fine grain sea salts
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Old 03-24-2006, 02:17 AM   #18
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Haha organic sea salt...I'm sure glad there aren't any pesticides on my salt
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Old 03-24-2006, 02:28 AM   #19
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I use kosher salt on most of my dishes. I don't know why, but there is a distinct difference in the flavor. I use sea salt for very specific dishes in which the grain of the salt has to be really fine. Again, it makes a big difference. Table salt I honestly don't use all that much anymore. And I never use pickling salt.

On the topic of grinders though...I like keeping my sea salt in a grinder just because it's easier to keep than in a plastic baggie, but the other types of salt are either in the box or in a lidded bowl.
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Old 03-24-2006, 05:26 AM   #20
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Coffee grinder=Salt grinder

I just use my coffee grinder. I take what ever salt I want and put it in there for a while, then it comes out a fine powder.I usually make a rather large batch and place it into containers that way I don't have to do it very often. Or you could use the Salt/Pepper grinders to, which ever you prefer.
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