Perhaps there are people out there like me that didn’t know the difference between Kosher salt, table salt, and sea salt. I thought salt was salt. Is there a difference? It is all salty, right? I had to find out more. This is what I found.
Table salt consists of fine, evenly shaped crystals, which makes it denser than other salts. It’s typically mined from salt deposits underground and may also contain anti-clumping agents, such as calcium silicate.
As the name implies, it’s good for keeping out on the table for last-minute seasoning. It’s also good for salting pasta water or seasoning soups.
Kosher salt is less refined than table salt. Its larger flakes don’t compact together as neatly, so a pinch is a little coarser and not as dense.
This salt is the most versatile. It’s great for seasoning before, during and after cooking. It’s especially good for seasoning meat before cooking.
Sea salt undergoes the least processing. Flakes are collected from evaporated seawater and may contain residual minerals that could alter the color. The unevenly shaped flakes don’t stack up evenly and create a less dense pinch.
Sea salt is typically more expensive, which means you’ll want to use it with caution. It’s best for finishing.
Now after finding out all this information, I had to ask myself, how important is all this? Does it change the way I cook or use salt? Seems to me that these salts can be used interchangeably if required, but it’s worth using the proper kind for the right occasion.
Now you know the difference and can amaze your friends with your brilliance because they don’t know.