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Kosher salt, table salt, & the really expensive salt

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ekcarmichael

Kosher salt, table salt, & the really expensive salt

I am having trouble with getting my bread to taste like it contains enough salt. I have switched from regular salt in my kitchen. Now I have Kosher and also sea salt. They are prettier and feel nicer in my hand, but just don't taste salty. Does anyone have any thoughts or maybe a conversion suggestion? Thanks

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LisaPA

Maybe you're not using enough salt? Since the kosher and sea salts are coarser grained, you should use 1.5 to 2 times more salt than the recipe calls for.

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philly_loaf_lover

 

I use sea salt and what I have found is, I double the amount of salt I use if using a teaspoon. I usually weigh my salt and that usually helps.  a kitchen scale for about 20-30 US dollars makes a BIG difference in cooking, especially baking. generally, for each pound of flour, I use 2.5 teaspoons of very coarse sea salt and 2 tsp of kosher salt.  The salt is less fine, so there is less salt and more "air" in between the grains of salt per teaspoon. 

 

 

 

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ekcarmichael

EKC

Wow. It frightens me that so simple a solution/explanation escaped me...Thanks for the common sense info. It sure helped. As soon as I stop blushing I think I will try another loaf!

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Susan

I normally use Plain Old Table Salt, and sometimes Fine Sea Salt.  Was aware of Kosher Salt, but never bought any until today. There is now a box of Diamond Crystal Kosher Salt on the counter in front of me.  I had no idea it was so different.  Should I be carefully reading each cookbook to find out if the author is using table salt or kosher salt?  Maybe they are all using kosher salt and I am the last to know...  

Susan from San Diego