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I typically cook with kosher salt, it's easier to grab and add to things (I just kinda measure with my fingers) because it's bigger, and when I'm just using it as table salt I like the extra surface area the bigger flakes have. And
I typically cook with kosher salt, it's easier to grab and add to things (I just kinda measure with my fingers) because it's bigger, and when I'm just using it as table salt I like the extra surface area the bigger flakes have. And it's like the same cost as plain ol' table salt.
Sea salt? That stuff is expensive, and while it has a little extra taste, I haven't seen anything to make me believe in health benefits. So I have a tub of it, but I only use it on special occasions where you'll really notice the salt, like sprinkled on top of chocolate sea salt cookies, or to lace caramel. Baking (as in, stunting the yeast in bread) or cooking (and hiding the flavor under butter or other spices) with somethign that expensive would seem like a terrible waste, to me.
I agree, put simply salt is salt. Iodized Salt is simply stuff added to salt. Almost all table salt in the U.S. comes from massive salt mines under the Great Lakes and also there is one down South but I can't remember where.
Salt is a chemical, and chemically speaking, whether it's natural sea salt or ancient salt buried thousands of feet underground from ancient lakes/seas its pretty much all the same. As for the taste, I do prefer sea salt vs iodized salt, especially the salt used in most fast food joints on their fries, its absolutely disgusting.
I've often had people ask me what Kosher salt is as my job, and what's so different about it. I end up telling them, salt is salt and the only difference is how it is sold, being larger size rocks of salt. Any recipe I've seen that calls for Kosher salt, I have never used it personally.
I wish sea salt wasn't so expensive, it's really stupid that it is. A lot of companies simply pump sea water into large collection trays and let the water evaporate leaving just salt behind. Then charge a crap load of money for it, which is stupid but hey, companies market it as healthier because it's natural.