When to Use Salt During the Cooking Process

When to Use Salt During the Cooking Process

Have you ever thought about when to use salt during the cooking process? It turns out there is a right time to add salt to your dishes to make them flavorful throughout.

When to Use Salt

One of the things I often talk about in my cooking classes is when to add salt during the cooking process. While I haven’t run controlled experiments per se, I do know from over 25 years of cooking experience that dishes taste better when they are salted throughout the cooking process. And it turns out the science of salt backs up my observations! Here’s the short answer: SALT TAKES TIME to penetrate food. And using more salt at the end of cooking to try and make up for that time doesn’t work. Adding salt at the beginning of and throughout the cooking process allows time for the salt to migrate into the pieces of food, making them more flavorful overall.

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What if I Forgot to Add Salt?

That’s okay! You can still add salt at the end of making a dish, just be sure to add LESS then the recipe calls for. How much less? Somewhere around 25% of the original amount seems to be the magic number. So if a recipe calls for 1 teaspoon of salt over all, and you forgot to add it throughout cooking, just add 1/4 teaspoon at the end. Although it seems logical that if you forgot to add salt during cooking, just adding the amount called for at the end of the recipe should work. But it doesn’t, rather it makes the dish taste oversalty, as there’s no time for the salt to penetrate the food.

Choose the Right Salt

There are many different types of salt to use, and the one I’m talking about adding during cooking is your everyday cooking salt (for me it’s Redmond real salt). There are a few options for a “good” everyday salt to use in cooking, and no, iodized table salt isn’t one of them!

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