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2018/08/14 16:28:42 (permalink)

The Kosher Salt Question

Well, here's an article that made me go, "Who knew"? I've been using kosher salt for decades, professionally and at home (virtually always using Morton's). Can't ever recall using Diamond Crystal. Now I find that there are some major differences between the two major players that can make or break a recipe. Interestingly enough, I have been using less kosher salt recently and more sea salt and pink Himalayan salt in my cooking. I've always used sea salt in our table shakers and to salt certain dishes (like fries and tots). I must say though that I have developed a real fondness for the pink Himalayan sea salt and some other sea salts I've been using. They taste noticeably better than plain or kosher salt, with a decided mineral component that adds a much greater depth. The pink is really nice on watermelon.
 
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/14 17:34:40 (permalink)
Agree..we use Himalayan pink salt now!
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/14 20:38:47 (permalink)
That was a good and informative read.  Perhaps one of the major food magazines will do an in-depth story that compares most of the major brands of non-iodized salt.
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/14 21:32:10 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby leethebard 2018/08/14 22:16:44
Yep.  Seen this on a few cooking shows...
 

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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/15 05:59:03 (permalink)
I use mostly table salt.    And, I reduce the salt in many recipes by 60 to 70%.   I've never heard or seen Diamond Crystal salt.
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/15 11:16:17 (permalink)
Must be regional because both Morton and Diamond Crystal are readily available in the Northeast. I always thought they were interchangeable. Live and learn. Thanks for the information. 
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/15 12:13:44 (permalink)
IIRC, Morton's Kosher salt has an anti-caking agent.
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/15 16:57:49 (permalink)
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Must be regional because both Morton and Diamond Crystal are readily available in the Northeast. I always thought they were interchangeable. Live and learn. Thanks for the information. 



Diamond Crystal is a product of Cargill and includes softener salt, pool salt and ice melt salt as well as food salt.  It should have a fairly nationwide distribution given the size of Cargill.
post edited by Ghaz - 2018/08/15 16:59:19
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/15 17:53:52 (permalink)
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IIRC, Morton's Kosher salt has an anti-caking agent.

You're correct.  According to my box of Morton's the agent is yellow prussiate of soda, whatever that is.  Perhaps when this box runs out the next brand I purchase will contain only salt.
 
One thing I've noticed about boxes and canisters of coarse salt is that over time the grains on the bottom will become smaller in size if the box is tipped a lot.  The top grains seems to have a slightly abrasive effect as they repeatedly fall back onto the bottom grains.
 
I have a few small tubes of various sea salts that've been given to me over the years, and really should start using them.
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/15 18:00:52 (permalink)
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Must be regional because both Morton and Diamond Crystal are readily available in the Northeast. I always thought they were interchangeable. Live and learn. Thanks for the information. 



Diamond Crystal is a product of Cargill and includes softener salt, pool salt and ice melt salt as well as food salt.  It should have a fairly nationwide distribution given the size of Cargill.


I've used Diamond Crystal softener salt for years, but have never seen their kosher salt in any of our local groceries around here.
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/15 18:06:22 (permalink)
They're probably interchangeable.  Just whack the pieces with a hammer until they're a more useful size.
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/15 19:30:02 (permalink)
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Must be regional because both Morton and Diamond Crystal are readily available in the Northeast. I always thought they were interchangeable. Live and learn. Thanks for the information. 



Diamond Crystal is a product of Cargill and includes softener salt, pool salt and ice melt salt as well as food salt.  It should have a fairly nationwide distribution given the size of Cargill.


I've used Diamond Crystal softener salt for years, but have never seen their kosher salt in any of our local groceries around here.




According to Meijer's website, you should be able to find it at your local store on Mercantile Blvd. (isn't the internet wonderful and kind of creepy too  ).
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/15 19:46:51 (permalink)
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IIRC, Morton's Kosher salt has an anti-caking agent.


Their motto has always been: "When it rains, it pours."
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/15 20:31:53 (permalink)
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They're probably interchangeable.  Just whack the pieces with a hammer until they're a more useful size.


I did that once when I was a kid! 


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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/15 20:41:37 (permalink)
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They're probably interchangeable.  Just whack the pieces with a hammer until they're a more useful size.

I did that once when I was a kid! 

Ah, but did you taste it?
 
Many years ago I put softener salt in my mouth.  Once.
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/15 22:09:55 (permalink)
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Must be regional because both Morton and Diamond Crystal are readily available in the Northeast. I always thought they were interchangeable. Live and learn. Thanks for the information. 



Diamond Crystal is a product of Cargill and includes softener salt, pool salt and ice melt salt as well as food salt.  It should have a fairly nationwide distribution given the size of Cargill.


I've used Diamond Crystal softener salt for years, but have never seen their kosher salt in any of our local groceries around here.




According to Meijer's website, you should be able to find it at your local store on Mercantile Blvd. (isn't the internet wonderful and kind of creepy too  ).


I'll take a look next time I'm in, (which is usually a couple of times a week). Haven't seen it there before, though. Right now I'm really enjoying using various sea salts. It's a totally different taste profile than kosher salt, (which is kind of tasteless in comparison).
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/15 22:11:17 (permalink)
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They're probably interchangeable.  Just whack the pieces with a hammer until they're a more useful size.


Yeah....I'll take a hard pass on that. I'm pretty sure the iron control agent in my softener salt would be kinda nasty.
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/16 01:01:36 (permalink)
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They're probably interchangeable.  Just whack the pieces with a hammer until they're a more useful size.

I did that once when I was a kid! 

Ah, but did you taste it?
 
Many years ago I put softener salt in my mouth.  Once.


Yup. Once. Thought I was gonna die! 
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/16 12:04:33 (permalink)
I'm still trying to figure out they get sea salt -- pink or otherwise -- from the Himalayas.
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/08/16 12:54:33 (permalink)
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I'm still trying to figure out they get sea salt -- pink or otherwise -- from the Himalayas.




Sources say it actually comes from the Punjab region of Pakistan.
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/10/11 18:20:39 (permalink)
One thing we have noticed about the Pink Himalayan salt is that it is less "salty" than kosher or other white sea salts. We really do like the mineral taste it brings along with it, too.
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/10/11 19:03:13 (permalink)
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One thing we have noticed about the Pink Himalayan salt is that it is less "salty" than kosher or other white sea salts. We really do like the mineral taste it brings along with it, too.


True...Agreed!
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Re: The Kosher Salt Question 2018/10/11 22:45:13 (permalink)
And while salts can vary widely in tastes, ALL salt is sea salt in origin.
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