How Salt Affects the Food We Eat
What’s the difference between sea salt and table salt? Sea salt is naturally occurring and is obtained by boiling sea water and straining out the solid particles. It is a pale grey in colour, because of its lack of any chemicals. Table salt on the other hand is created by adding various other substances, such as iodine and/or phosphates, to salt (so that it becomes white and saltier). Here is what you should know….
Kosher salt is not the salt you will find in your table salt packet. The word kosher actually means “lawful” and derives from the Judaic religious laws governing how we must use the salt in our daily life. What it does mean is this: If you are buying table salt, make sure that it is indeed kosher salt. There are many different kinds of salt and salts and each one is actually recognised by its creator as being kosher, according to the original laws of the Jewish people.
So, what’s so special about kosher salt, you may ask? There are several reasons why fine sea salt and pickling salt are favoured over other varieties and are also more environmentally friendly when compared with some of the other options available. Here is what you should know…
Marine scientists have discovered that sea salt has many health benefits, primarily because of the trace minerals contained within. Most sea salt contains calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron and sodium – elements that our bodies really need to survive! The trace minerals found in kosher salt have been proven to reduce stress, strengthen the immune system, fight bacterial infections and promote cardiovascular health. The properties of sea salt stimulate the brain and improve concentration – helping you stay sharper and more focused. Not only this, but sea salt contains trace minerals that can help relieve the pressure in your arteries, as well as reducing blood pressure and improving circulation.
In addition to all of the positive effects that fine sea salts have on our health, they also make beautiful decorations for tables. Because of their penetrating and absorbing properties, sea salts are excellent at enhancing the colour scheme of any table; pink salt is particularly famous for this! Pink salt is often used in conjunction with other mineral crystals, such as those containing citrine and/or Jasper; a combination of sea salts and natural stones will bring out the true colours in almost any dish.
Salt is made from different types of rock salt, depending on where it was formed and how it was exposed to the environment. The different types of rock salt can range from rock salts mined from the sea floor right up to table salt. There are many different types of rock salt, and the one you choose will depend on personal preference. Rock salt can be demonized or ionized, or both, and each has their own unique properties.
As mentioned earlier, there are many ways you can incorporate salt into your diet, whether in the form of table salt, as a substitute, or in a commercial product like kosher salt. If you are not a big fan of the flavor in regular table salt, there are a variety of ways to supplement it, including using kosher salt. Kosher salt is very high in the brine and essential elements it contains. These elements work to enhance the flavor of the salt, creating a more delightful flavor experience.
Salt texture and grain size have a big effect on how the salt will interact with liquids. When salt is in liquid it expands, which affects the way it floats. You’ll find that table salt is most effective when table salt is dry and it comes in smaller grains. Most kosher salt is optimally blended to have about 2 grains of salt for every 1 grain of food you want to cook with it.