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Unread 12-27-2012, 08:37 AM   #16
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Once you switch you won't go back.
Amen to that. I haven't touched "the shaker" in a few years since I discovered Kosher salt.

Well....ok, I've used iodized a couple times out of necessity, but it has a strong chemical/burning taste now that I've become accustom to Kosher.

I also have some Italian flavored salt. It's made by seasoning the sea water with spices and herbs before it evaporates, so the salt that's left behind is "impregated" with the herbs and flavors. I've got pictures of the jar I have if anybody's interested.

Do a Google search for Himalayan Pink salt. :)

I love salt.
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I like the kosher manly because I have less of a tendency to over salt than with table salt.
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Morton's kosher has an anti-caking agent, Diamond does not (all of course based on my own personal experience with the products sold in my area, ymmv, check the labels).

Ironically, I can't find Diamond sea salt without an anti-caking agent, so for that I use Morton's sea salt (which around here does not).
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I can do that, not a problem. I just thought it may have been used in BBQ'n for a particular reason because that's where I've seen it used the most.
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Each kind of salt has its own qualities, which make it better for certain applications.

I don't have Iodized salt in my pantry. I use mostly kosher salt, but sometimes fine sea salt.

As others have mentioned, different salts measure differently. It is best to measure salts by weight, not volume. Fine sea salt packs a lot more salt flavor by volume than kosher salt or good-ole Morton's. You have to make adjustments when you switch salts.

That's why I use mostly one salt for seasoning -- kosher. I know it well. I use the fine sea salt in my brines. I keep other salts around just to have if a recipe calls for one of them.

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Regular table salt is too fine, which can lead to uneven spots.

Exactly
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Morton's kosher has an anti-caking agent, Diamond does not
Can you taste a difference in the brands?
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There are subtle differences in all salt, it comes from the other impurities that are in the salt source. My preference is Redmond RealSalt Kosher salt, it is mined sea salt and it has a taste and texture I prefer.

Diamond Crystal is second for me, and it clearly does not have an anti-caking agent, judging by it's tendency to cake up on me.
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I'm on the same page as everyone else, mostly grain size. I have a Brazilian friend that only uses "ice cream" salt. He likes the huge chunks.
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plus this, if you have or now anyone on a iodine restricted diet because of thyroid or other health issues, this trace amount can have an impact.

Iodized salt has been fortified with a trace amount of iodine. In addition to iodine, dextrose is added to the salt to stabilize the iodine. Iodized salt has a similar texture, shape and size as normal table salt.
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