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Cooking & Seasoning With Salt

17 July 2018
Kevin Hartley

When cooking, salt is often more than a mere recipe ingredient. It can contribute to preserving food, filling in for missing ingredients and even making food look better. This all-natural ingredient can prevent spoilage and salvage the occasional cooking faux-pas. In fact, a dash of salt can pleasantly change the whole flavour profile and texture of some foods.


Fish and Seafood

Returning fish or seafood returning it to its natural briny environment for a short time can fresh up your market purchases. Add 1-tablespoon sea salt to 2 quarts cold water, and then add a lot of ice cubes. Soak fish in this saltwater for about 15 minutes, remove it and pat dry with paper towel before preparing.

To get a good grip on a slippery fish or fillet while trying to skin it for cooking, sprinkle your hands with a little salt.

Fruits and Vegetables

Asparagus: To poach asparagus, add salt to water, and simmer exactly 5 minutes. Stalks should all be pointing in the same direction. (Some culinary experts insist the asparagus sit upright in the boiling pot.)

Broccoli:  Use up the usually unusable portions of broccoli stalks by cutting them into 1-inch-thick slices. Stir-'fry them with salt, and eat as a snack.

Fruit & Vegetable Wash:  Salt can help remove the grit and dirt that comes with some fresh vegetables. When washing arugula, leeks, or spinach, trim them first, then place them in a bowl of lukewarmwater. Add a tablespoon of kosher salt; swish, and let vegetables soak for 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer vegetables to a colander, and rinse thoroughly.


Salt will force juices out of meat and prevent it from browning. Wait to salt meat until midway through the cooking process, then salt it lightly. Or, wait until cooking is complete, then salt to taste.


Add a pinch of salt to any plain or flavored yogurt to give it an extra boost of flavour.


Adding salt to cooking· water is a good idea, butwaituntilwaterboils.Thenadd2table-spoons salt for each pound of pasta.. If you salt the water prior to boiling, it will takelonger to boil.


Sprinkle peeled garlic cloves with alittle coarse saltbeforeattemptingtochopor crush them. The salt will absorb the garlic's juice and then dissolve, which will help spread garlic flavor further.

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