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Salt of the Earth…

January 14, 2009

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Besides adding that saltiness flavor to foods, salt intensifies and brings out all the other flavors in a dish. This is why salt is often added to sweet dishes and explains why we are seeing a trend in combining chocolate and gourmet salts.

Unsalted or under-seasoned dishes are bland and can lead to the person eating the dish adding more salt after the dish is cooked than if the dish was responsibly salted during the cooking process. Salt is definitely a useful ingredient in any recipe, but the amounts used often exceed what is necessary or even healthy. Americans get most of their salt intake not from their own cooking, but from over-processed foods. This makes a strong case for reading labels and understanding serving sizes when buying prepared foods.

Salt is an important ingredient in cooking, but there are ways to create and enhance flavor without that extra salt. Fresh herbs can bring lots of flavor to a dish when added at the right time. Pungent herbs such as rosemary and sage are great ways to add flavor without sodium or fat. Chilies are another way to bring another layer of flavor to a dish. Fresh, smoked and dried chilies can be a healthy cooks best friend. Acidic ingredients can also reduce the need for salt. Adding a fresh squeeze of citrus or a splash of vinegar to your dish can help bring underlying flavors to the tip of your tongue.

Next time its time to make a meal, try using these different flavor enhancing ingredients to get the most out of what you eat.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. allison permalink
    January 14, 2009 1:58 pm

    i completely agree about adding citrus. i put fresh lime juice, a little of the zest and some olive oil on chicken breasts before grilling and it gives a load of flavor!

  2. January 15, 2009 4:48 pm

    Hello sir! hope all is well ! voted for your recipe earlier on -however i do have a question –have you ever tried the ‘florida gold hotsauce’ — almost all at the dept of Ag has — this product will definetely compliment your snapper recipe among many others. I can send some to you if you like .thanks rex balkaran

  3. Renaldo permalink
    February 2, 2009 3:22 pm

    I love to grill out on a regular basis on my gas grill.
    I grill everything from steak, fish and vegetables.
    I love to use salt on everything I grill. I had the same argument with a close friend of mine about how people have too much intake of salt from over processed foods. I explained to him that salt brings out the best flavors in food. Sea salt is my favorite on steak, with some grilled mushrooms and onions with fresh cucumbers on the side to complete the meal.

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