Sea Salt Facts
Table Salt & Sea Salt are the Same, both Unhealthy?
How can something that is natural and the other is refined be the same? Some people will tell you that table salt is just as healthier or better for you then sea salt. Your body needs the iodine found in table salt making it good for you. This is true your body does need a small amount of iodine. The key word is “small”. We consume enough iodine from other natural sources like seafood and dairy and we don’t need the extra from table salt. The problem with table salt it the additive. We end up using a lot more then is needed to find the desired taste. Sea Salt is all natural and contains more flavour, requiring a lot less to get the healthier taste you are looking for.
So what do you need to know about salt when you cook?
As a general rule, less is always more with salt. You can always add more salt later but you can’t really take it away. Be especially careful when working with salty ingredients like capers, anchovies, or pancetta/bacon.
If you want your ingredients to break down in a pan, like onions, you will want to add salt as you begin the cooking process. Salt makes ingredients sweat water and break down in the pan.If you are caramelizing something, like a fish filet, you would not add salt because you want the water to stay locked into the food, sealing the flavours inside with a nice golden crust on it.
Don’t forget salt’s best friend, fresh ground pepper not thatpre-ground stuff you receive in most restaurants. Fresh ground pepper will always have more flavour then pre-ground.
And lastly, salting the water before or after it boils? Always salt your water after. As a rule of thumb always add your salt at the end unless it is for baking.
Salt is one of the oldest seasonings in the world and is absolutely essential to healthy human life. Unfortunately, most of what we refer to as “table salt” has been stripped of its natural minerals, bleached, and saturated with additives. In both taste and health benefits, this is a far cry from all natural sea salt,which can enhance the flavours in your cooking as well as add depth and texture to your food. Some benefits of all natural sea salt:
- Contains more flavour than table salt, so less is needed than regular table salt
- Has trace minerals from the sea that are very beneficial to your health
- Is "natural" and therefore unrefined, unbleached, and free of additives
When picking out a sea salt:
- Look for labels that say “all natural”
- It should have no additives such as iodine or anti-caking agents
- All natural sea salt is typically white in color, and is a relatively dry crystal. It may resemble table salt in appearance, but the taste and quality is noticeably superior.
Coarse, Grain or Fine Grain?
Many people buy a coarse sea salt grain for grinding over their food. However, unlike pepper, grinding salt does not make it taste more “fresh,” or any different than having it in a finer grain. This is simply dependent on a buyer’s preference.
Flavored Sea Salts
Flavoured sea salt is an innovative way to enhance your food, but the best flavoured sea salts will not contain any unnecessary additives. For example, "lemon sea salt" should simply list "sea salt" and "lemon" as the ingredients. Just like unflavoured all natural sea salt, avoid flavoured salts with additives or anti-caking agents. Check out Cooking Essence for some great all-natural infused sea salts.