Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Why Sea Salt?

Today I have a question for all of you out there. Why is Sea Salt the way to go in natural food markets? So far, I have gotten only a couple of answers. There is a lot of info out there about the variations in taste, and that's fine; it's your choice. But I switched to Sea Salt because I read--somewhere--that regular, table salt is processed with aluminum equipment and has some aluminum residue. This adds up to the same issue as deodorants with aluminum chlorohydrate. Supposedly, there is concern about their possible connection with Alzheimer's and other degenerative diseases that involve dementia.

When I started to research this post, I anticipated finding lots of info on this subject, but found naught. Not even the info I originally read turned up. I have nearly turned my office upside down. You don't want to know how much material I have here; it is impossible to organize it well. Nevertheless, I am at a loss, now, to tell you why I am using Sea Salt, other than that it is less processed than table salt. Maybe that is enough. You decide.

I did find one useful site that offered many uses for salt around the home. I'm going to share this info with you because I found many new ideas there, and perhaps you will too. Meanwhile, I hope you will comment at the link BELOW the post if you have any information on why Sea Salt is preferred in natural food stores.

  1. Control poison ivy
    Add three pounds of salt to a gallon of soapy water. Spray it onto leaves and stems.

  2. Pick up a dropped egg
    If an egg breaks on the kitchen floor, sprinkle salt on the mess and leave it there for 20 minutes: You'll be able to wipe it right up.

  3. Keep windows frost-free
    Dip a sponge into salt water and rub it on windows. They won't frost up even when the mercury dips below 32 degrees. (Be sure any metal parts are sealed with a quality sealant or are painted.)

  4. Clean tarnished copper
    Fill a 16-ounce spray bottle with hot white vinegar and three tablespoons of salt. Spray it onto the copper, let it sit briefly, then rub clean. (Don't do this to lacquered copper.)

  5. Clean a cutting board
    Cover it with bleach and salt, scrub it with a stiff brush, then rinse with very hot water and wipe with a clean cloth. Repeat with each use.

  6. Restore tub whiteness
    Use a solution of salt and turpentine to restore the whiteness to yellowed enameled bathtubs and lavatories.

  7. Clean brass or copper
    Try a paste of salt and vinegar to clean tarnished brass or copper.

  8. Freshen sinks
    Pour a strong brine down the kitchen sink to prevent grease from collecting and to eliminate odors.

  9. Control insects
    Salt helps destroy moths and drive away ants.

  10. Make ironing easier
    Use a dash of salt in laundry starch to keep the iron from sticking and give linen and fine cottons a glossy, like-new finish.

  11. Restore wood
    A thin paste of salt and salad oil removes white marks caused by hot dishes or water from wooden tables.

  12. Clean ovens
    Use salt and cinnamon to take the "burned food" odor away from ovens and stove burners. Sprinkle spills while oven and burners are still hot; when dry, remove the salted spots with a stiff brush or cloth.

  13. Clean refrigerators
    Salt and soda water will clean and sweeten the inside of your refrigerator without scratching the enamel.

  14. Cooking Tips
    Salt Crusted Baked Potatoes
    Wash your favorite potatoes: white, red, sweet, etc., Rub with canola or olive oil, then rub with Diamond Crystal® kosher salt. Place on rack in oven (no piercing, no foil). Bake time based on number of potatoes.

  15. Improve coffee
    A pinch of salt in coffee will enhance the flavor and remove the bitterness of over-cooked coffee.

  16. Boil water
    Salt added to water makes the water boil at a higher temperature, thus reducing cooking time. (It does not make the water boil faster.)

  17. Peel eggs
    Boiling eggs in salted water will make eggs peel easily.

  18. Poach eggs
    Poaching eggs over salted water helps set the egg whites.

  19. Prevent browning
    Apples, pears and potatoes dropped in cold, lightly salted water as they are peeled will retain their color.

  20. Shell pecans
    Soaking pecans in salt water for several hours before shelling will make nut meats easier to remove.

  21. Prevent sugaring
    A little salt added to cake icings prevents them from sugaring.

  22. Crisp salads
    Salting salads immediately before serving will keep them crisp.

  23. Improve boiled potatoes
    Boiled potatoes will be given a fine, mealy texture by sprinkling with salt after draining, then returning them to the pan and shaking them back and forth quickly to get rid of the excess moisture.

  24. Improve poultry
    To improve the flavor of poultry, rub the fowl inside and out with salt before roasting.

  25. Remove pinfeathers
    To remove pinfeathers easily from a chicken, rub the chicken skin with salt first.Keep milk fresh

  26. Adding a pinch of salt to milk will keep it fresh longer.

These tips courtesy of the Salt Institute. Do you have some to add to this list? Please comment below:


Roxanne said...

I have heard of, and used most of the suggestions on your list. Coming from the Eastern Shore (Maryland), I was raised on sea salt. I have no scientific input, just my Mom saying: "If you have to use salt, use sea salt. It's better for you!".

Twisted Limb said...

Love the blog! My company started a communal organic garden last year, so evertyhing organic has definitely been on all of our minds.
As for sea salt--I've heard many cooks claim that the flavor is far and away better than table salt, so you can use less and cut sodium. I haven't tested this, but it makes sense--natural everything else has better flavor!

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