Saturday, October 27, 2018

Types of Salt Used in Cooking

Robert Heist, a Chicago, Illinois-based attorney with nearly 30 years of experience, is owner and principal of R. Connor and Associates. Aside from his responsibilities as an attorney, Robert Heist has developed an appreciation for the culinary arts.

Experienced chefs agree salt is one of the most important ingredients in every dish. Salt plays a crucial role in heightening flavors, bringing life to a dish, and making food more appetizing.

There are several varieties of salt:

-Common table salt consists of very small, dense crystals that have been enhanced with iodine and anti-caking agents. Serious chefs don’t use it.

-Kosher salt, with its larger crystals, is best for everyday cooking. It is inexpensive and readily available. 

-Sea salt can be refined or unrefined. Unrefined varieties, such as fleur de sel or sel gris, are more expensive, but can add a finishing flourish to many dishes and desserts.

Chefs also can use cheese, pounded anchovies, olives, capers, bacon, and other items to increase the salt content and flavor of their dishes.

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