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avid 06-22-2013 06:34 AM

Best Salt?
 
Not being one who uses much processed food, I use iodized salt for seasoning. I think getting sufficient iodine is important for health.
But it doesn't taste very good.
I'm wondering, what salt do you guys use for best tasting food?
Also, what do you do to get enough iodine?
thanks

Ntombi 06-22-2013 06:52 AM

I cook and season my food with sea salt. I have several different kinds. I also use seasoned salt sometimes, which does have iodized salt in it.

I don't worry about getting enough iodine, between the seafood and restaurant food I eat, and other sources, I'm confident that I get plenty.

clackley 06-22-2013 07:11 AM

I use both. There are benefits for using either and I have not decided which is best. I like the larger chunks that I get out of my sea salt grinder.

emel 06-22-2013 07:18 AM

I like celtic grey salt for cooking and himalayan pink salt for finishing and adding to my plate.

I have the coarse grind of the celtic grey, in a grinder. And the fine grind of the himalayan, for getting a pinch out with my fingers.

DiamondDeb 06-22-2013 07:51 AM

I use different sea salts. I use the kinds Emel mentioned & also use Real Salt.

I eat very healthy & am certain I get enough iodine from foods. Did you know that iodine is found in foods like turkey & eggs? It is not found only in foods like kelp. Himalayan salt is also a good source of iodine.

cfine 06-22-2013 08:18 AM

Hands down.....Real Salt. It looks like it has dirt in it, but it almost has a sweet taste to it.

clackley 06-22-2013 09:36 AM

Hope this isn't out of place but on the subject of salt, I have gone through too many salt grinders over the past few years and wonder if anyone has a recommendation for one that lasts??

lanita 06-22-2013 02:45 PM

I use course Kosher salt. It comes in a big box and lasts forever. No grinder necessary. Just put it in a covered bowl and take pinches from the bowl.

rubidoux 06-22-2013 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by clackley (Post 16482024)
I use both. There are benefits for using either and I have not decided which is best. I like the larger chunks that I get out of my sea salt grinder.

I've been using the pink himalayan salt in the disposable grinder from trader joe's for salting my food (I never use salt when I'm cooking bc I LOVE salt and I'd rather my kids salt to their own taste) and morton's iodized for when I don't want my salt to be chunky, like in an egg cream or making cheesecake or something like that. I also eat out enough that I probably get enough iodine from that. But I do keep that morton's around and use it every once in a while if I think about it JIC.

I think I'm gonna have to try Real Salt soon. :)

Ntombi 06-22-2013 03:51 PM

Remember that if you eat seafood with any regularity, you're getting iodine that way.

rubidoux 06-22-2013 03:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Ntombi (Post 16482600)
Remember that if you eat seafood with any regularity, you're getting iodine that way.

Does that include salmon? For some reason I always think of fish and seafood as being two different things, but I don't know why, maybe in case its freshwater fish. lol But the only seafood I eat is salmon and I do eat it several times a week. Occasionally I'll eat a different kind of fish.

Ntombi 06-22-2013 04:42 PM

Yes, fish is seafood.

Fish and shellfish are two sub-types of seafood. Cephalopods like squid are the other most common.


If you only eat farmed salmon, though, I don't know about how much iodine it has. I only eat wild-caught salmon.

emel 06-23-2013 04:04 AM

Nori! Or any seaweed, but nori is off-the-charts for iodine content.
So eat your sushi.

avid 06-23-2013 05:48 AM

I do enjoy sushi now and then.
It's probably the only time I (knowingly) eat any grain products.
I bought some seaweed snacks.
GAG!!!!...LOL it was soooooooooooo awful, I ended up throwing it out.
Yes, it's loaded with iodine but I just couldn't get past the taste.

emel 06-23-2013 06:03 AM

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Originally Posted by avid (Post 16483035)
I do enjoy sushi now and then.
It's probably the only time I (knowingly) eat any grain products.
I bought some seaweed snacks.
GAG!!!!...LOL it was soooooooooooo awful, I ended up throwing it out.
Yes, it's loaded with iodine but I just couldn't get past the taste.

I got Sushi Party brand nori wrappers at walmart.
I want to use them with avocado, scrambled egg, cucumber, and green onion.
You could use those fake crab leg thingies if you eat them and you'd have a rice-free california roll.

It's easy to make sushi at home. Buy one of the little straw mats or just use a pliable plastic placemat or even just a piece of foil or your fingers. I like wasabi and soy and pickled salty ginger with mine, but sometimes I don't have it so I just use a splash of soy sauce mixed with rice vinegar and a dash of hot sauce or chili oil.

Sunny7 06-23-2013 06:19 AM

Real Salt--i never thought much about salt until i tasted this stuff---its so good-----i just bought a book on iodine deficency (sp), but haven't got a chance to read it yet----

clackley 06-23-2013 07:02 AM

Nori wrapped tuna salad is very good! Add a slice of avocado and it is heaven!!:yummy:

avid 06-23-2013 08:32 AM

[QUOTE=emel;16483062]I got Sushi Party brand nori wrappers at walmart.


I may try these. I truly do love sushi, and they are wrapped in seaweed so there must be a brand out there that tastes good.
Thanks for the heads up.

Jackie123 06-23-2013 08:53 AM

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Originally Posted by avid (Post 16483035)
I do enjoy sushi now and then.
It's probably the only time I (knowingly) eat any grain products.
I bought some seaweed snacks.
GAG!!!!...LOL it was soooooooooooo awful, I ended up throwing it out.
Yes, it's loaded with iodine but I just couldn't get past the taste.

Yeah, I did the same thing. Then I didn't learn my lesson and made ground pork egg rolls wrapped in nori. :sick:

sfmom 06-23-2013 09:29 AM

I use California sea salt - I use a salt grinder because I think it keeps the salt fresher and it tastes better freshly ground too.

FatCat 06-23-2013 10:11 AM

I don't get the hype about 'sea salt'. I think it is nothing more than a marketing ploy, as ALL salt is sea salt.

It doesn't make any difference if the salt is mined from an old sea bed under Lake Erie, or concentrated and dried from the waters of the Pacific Ocean, or from the Great Salt Lake in Utah....it is all salt!

Salt isn't made from mixing chemicals, it isn't grown by a farmer. It is what it is.....salt. NaCl.

Now, there are additional minerals and other things that are captured when the salt is crystalized....but still, it is salt. I got some salt from a relative that lives in Hawaii and it was pink. From plankton. And maybe there would be some benefits from using it on a daily basis. But.... :dunno:

As far as I know, iodine is the only thing manufacturers add to salt that has any proven health benefit.

Like I said, the 'sea salt' label, imo, is just hype, meant only to salt the wallets of the CEO's of the manufacturers of potato chips and who knows what else. I find it doubtful that blind folded chefs would be able to tell the difference between Mortons table salt or a finely ground coarse crystal 'sea salt', no matter what the color is.

clackley 06-23-2013 10:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by FatCat (Post 16483370)
I don't get the hype about 'sea salt'. I think it is nothing more than a marketing ploy, as ALL salt is sea salt.

It doesn't make any difference if the salt is mined from an old sea bed under Lake Erie, or concentrated and dried from the waters of the Pacific Ocean, or from the Great Salt Lake in Utah....it is all salt!

Salt isn't made from mixing chemicals, it isn't grown by a farmer. It is what it is.....salt. NaCl.

Now, there are additional minerals and other things that are captured when the salt is crystalized....but still, it is salt. I got some salt from a relative that lives in Hawaii and it was pink. From plankton. And maybe there would be some benefits from using it on a daily basis. But.... :dunno:

As far as I know, iodine is the only thing manufacturers add to salt that has any proven health benefit.

Like I said, the 'sea salt' label, imo, is just hype, meant only to salt the wallets of the CEO's of the manufacturers of potato chips and who knows what else. I find it doubtful that blind folded chefs would be able to tell the difference between Mortons table salt or a finely ground coarse crystal 'sea salt', no matter what the color is.

Why don't you tell us what you really think?:laugh: You are probably 100% right but I like pink salt and that is that!!!:laugh:

FatCat 06-23-2013 10:48 AM

lol.... But you're a girl, so you'd naturally like pink....

clackley 06-23-2013 10:54 AM

:laugh::laugh:

Ntombi 06-23-2013 01:22 PM

Salts from different areas definitely taste different. I have about four different sea salts, because they have different flavors. I have two from Hawaii, and even they taste different from one another.

Of course all salt is sea salt, but for me, it's just a way to differentiate between the more "refined" and processed salts, like Morton's, and the other salts, that are less processed, and keep their individuality.

skot123 06-23-2013 01:26 PM

Salty goodness
 
I would highly recommend that you look at sea salt flakes. I use Maldon...it is a little on the expensive side (~$10 for an 8.5 oz box) but it makes steaks taste sooo much better. I use just a liberal pinch before serving.

FitMommyNow 06-23-2013 01:28 PM

I typically use sea salt but keep kelp flakes on hand to use often. 1/4 teaspoon of kelp supplies a lot of iodine.

dawnyama 06-23-2013 02:00 PM

I use Celtic sea salt and also Himalayan pink salt. I love them both!!

I bought iodine drops for supplementing with. Found them in Whole Foods. I got that after seeing that Dr Weil (on the Dr Oz show) recommended everyone supplement with iodine.

dawnyama 06-23-2013 02:04 PM

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Originally Posted by Sunny7 (Post 16483081)
Real Salt--i never thought much about salt until i tasted this stuff---its so good-----i just bought a book on iodine deficency (sp), but haven't got a chance to read it yet----

Oooh, I have never thought of that! What is the title of the book? Did you find it on Amazon or in the health food store. My local health food store has a few gems I have never heard of before. You must update when you do read it. I would love to know how it is.

ouizoid 06-23-2013 04:49 PM

I adore Maldon salt. It is a french sea salt that comes in long flat crystals. It makes everything taste better..


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