What makes kosher salt kosher
5 salts that should not be missing in your kitchen
From kosher to smoky
A salt shaker can be found in every kitchen and on almost every dining table. Salt is an everyday product that is more or less taken for granted. However, this has not always been the case.
Before refrigeration was invented, salt was the most important preservative, especially for meat. Salär, the more common word for wages in southern Germany, is derived from sal, the Latin word for salt, as Roman legionaries were rewarded with a ration of salt in addition to their wages. At that time, salt was no less valuable than gold. Gandhi's so-called salt march is also famous. In protest against the British salt monopoly, he ran to the coast with 78 of his followers and called on his compatriots to privately extract salt. As you can see, salt is a raw material steeped in history. It may no longer have the socio-political relevance it once had, but its influence on the way we cook and what we cook is still unbroken.
We have therefore prepared a list of five salts that should not be missing in your kitchen.
Kosher salt is a good alternative to normal table salt. It is especially common in American cuisine. It is coarser and therefore easier to dose with your fingers. Kosher salt is not named for its properties or texture, as all types of salt are fundamentally kosher. However, due to its coarse structure, it is particularly suitable for cooking. To do this, meat is placed in the salt until all the blood is absorbed. Ordinary fine household salt would dissolve too quickly and draw the blood into the flesh.
We recommend Diamond Kosher Crystal Salt.
Sea salt is particularly natural, as it is obtained directly from evaporating sea water and is only minimally processed. Fine sea salt is suitable for a wide range of dishes - from salads and soups to meat and fish.
You can find sea salt here.
The most valuable sea salt is called fleur de sel (German: salt flower). It only arises on hot and windless days as a wafer-thin layer on the surface of the water and is skimmed off by hand with a wooden shovel. It has a very delicate structure and literally melts on the tongue. It can be used in many ways, for example to give sweet desserts a slightly salty touch. Try our Double Chocolate Salted Caramel Cookies for yourself.
You can find it here.
Himalayan salt comes in the form of beautiful pink crystals. It is mostly mined in the Pakistani salt mountains and is valued primarily for its culinary, therapeutic and cosmetic properties. Himalayan salt has a light taste. This makes it a good alternative to fine sea salt or iodized salt.
You can get it here.
Smoked salt is salt that has been smoked over a wood fire. The smoke condenses on the salt and gives it its characteristic taste. In the USA, hickory wood is preferred for this. But other types of wood, such as apple, mesquite and oak, are also common. Whether stew, grilled fish or cocktails - smoked salt gives your dishes a wonderfully smoky note.
You can find smoked salt here.
Published on June 14, 2016
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