With all the cooking trends and the must-buy food list displayed by food bloggers all over the internet, one is bound to wonder. Why are there so many types of salt? There is the Kosher salt. And what is this sea salt? Is that edible? And of course, you know about table salt but the fact remains, why are there so many? What are the uses of these other types of salt? It just confuses the hell out of everyone!
Well, you are not alone in this endeavor. Millions of people are wondering what the heck these salts are all about. It may be all the same for a regular person but for chefs, these three types of salt are very much different from one another.
Let’s first start as to their common ground. Kosher salt, Table salt and Sea salt are all basically the same in chemical make-up. It has no calories whatsoever and may contain bits of iron and potassium. Salt is of course composed of sodium and truly, a hefty amount of it.
Now, let’s break it down.
Kosher salt is a type of seasoning and cooking salt that is a bit coarser than the regular salt. It also sometimes called “koshering salt” and it is very edible but the grains of this type of salt are significantly bigger than the regular table salt. The main component of Kosher salt is Sodium chloride and it doesn’t have a speck of iodine unlike some table salt brands.
When do you use Kosher salt?
You can use it for almost anything – cooking or seasoning. It can be sprinkled on food at any given time; before cooking the food, during the cooking process and even after it’s been cooked. That’s how versatile Kosher salt is. The best way to use Kosher salt is to massage it on red meat before cooking. It will really let out the meat’s flavor.
Table salt is the regular salt you see in your kitchen. The crystals of table salt are usually very fine compared to other types of salt and most of the time, their shapes are even and almost the same. It is much denser compared to other types of salt, though. Table salt is also mixed with an anti-clumping agent but in very small doses. This anti-clumping agent can be Calcium Silicate and this salt is being mined from mostly concealed below the ground salt deposit areas.
Why is it called Table salt?
Well, the usage of Table salt is as simple as its name. When you need a last minute seasoning on your food, what do you grab? You get the Table salt. This is the reason why it is named as such because while you are eating the food and your taste says that it is less than your salty palate, you can always add table salt to make the dish a lot better.
Does it come from the sea? In a sense, yes. Sea salt are salts collected from sea water that went through the process of evaporation. If you notice, some sea salts have a different color. That’s because of the minerals combined with the sea salt that makes it bluish or pinkish at times. Is it edible? Of course, it is very much edible and ready for cooking and seasoning purposes.
How is Sea Salt different from the others?
The flakes of sea salts are very much uneven and it has a lesser density compared to Kosher and Table salt. It’s just that sea salt is the most expensive salt of the tree. Unless you are a millionaire who has a posh chef cooking for you day ‘til night, maybe you should reserve this tinted salt for special occasions.