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BakeGill's picture
BakeGill

Low Salt

newby 1st question of many I imagine :-) I always have lo salt at home. I use this in my bread making. Still very much an amateur on that score. Just wondered if there are any issues using this instead of regular salt?

Ford's picture
Ford

Why are you using a product called "Low Salt"?  Did a physician prescribe this regimen or are you just taking a precaution?

Ford

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Donkey_hot

If salt is an issue, there are plenty of recipes for "saltless bread", Pane Toscano is one of them.  You may also reduce the amount of salt in your regular recipes, but keep in mind that your dough will behave differently, and you'll need to adjust fermentation time.

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BakeGill

Here in the UK there is always discussion on the amount of salt consumed, asking us to minimise where possible. I use it now out of habit. Just wondered it home made bread required 'normal' salt

 

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Ford

I asked the question because salt is essential to good health and only people who are using an excessive amount and those who have difficulty eliminating salt through the kidneys, should be cutting down.  Your family physician should be advising you on this.

A 44 g slice of bread contains about 157mg of sodium and your daily requirement is about 1500 to 2400 mg.

Ford

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charbono

I routinely substitute half Morton's Lite Salt for regular.  More than that, and it starts to taste bitter.

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Mini Oven

You can figure the salt amount and lower it.  Salt should be around 2%.  I prefer less 1.6 to 1.8% salt in my dough and check recipes before adding the salt.  If dropping under 1.5% the rise of the dough and fermenting starts to be affected but you can play with it dropping to 1% if needed.    If slowly reduced, the overall salt content of foods can change the desire for salt and disclose how much salt covers up subtle flavours and overwhelms them.  Rediscover the healthy uses of herbs and spices, browning, fats and complementary foods.