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    Feb 27, 2007


    How does kosher salt affect high blood pressure?

    Is this not the same as rock salt as we call it in Europe? Essentially large grains of salt that can be put in a grinder (like peppercorns).

    Note that all salt is kosher, even salt that isn't labeled as "kosher salt". For example, even regular Morton table salt has the kosher certification "OU" (U in a circle, i.e. Orthodox Union) symbol on it.

    Ken, if someone told you that kosher salt had been prayed over, they were wrong. That is not a requirement for kosher salt. All salt is inherently kosher. The correct answer for why some salt is named "kosher salt" is as per the article -- because that salt is suitable for kashering.

    I have cooked with Kosher salt for years. I first learned of it on "Food TV". In regard to your question I find that adds that little "ZING" to all food. There is no metalic taste as with regular salt. I keep regular salt for shakers only (kosher grains are too large) and even then the shaker is seldom used as my food is to taste when served... I would urge you to use Kosher only for awhile. Soon you will see the difference....

    I use Kosher salt for almost all of my salt needs. I find that I need less of it than ordinary "grained" salt. My family actually uses it in our salt shakers. We had to enlarge a hole or two, but it works for us.

    I use finer-grained table salt or sea salt for mixing into batters and doughs, soups, stews, casseroles, and any other time when I want the taste or chemical benefit of salt to be throughout the substance.

    I use kosher (kashering) salt when what I want is something to sprinkle on top of a food to add a little flavor and/or sparkle to the food. I sprinkle it on top of salt bagels, salads, focaccia, and other items to which I want to give a special sort of flavor. I also use it for pickling, for which it is ideally suited. Finally, I generally use kosher salt when I want to make a salt crust for baking fish or meat.

    What is the advantage of Kosher salt in every day cooking? (i.e. other than for Koshering meat)
    Is there any difference in the flavor of foods whether using ordinary table salt or kosher salt?

    I drive a truck that loads salt at the Morton Mine in Windsor Ontario, Canada.
    I was told by a long time employee that Sobeys has a contract with Morton for Kosher salt. My new friend at the mine told me that Kosher salt is brought to the surface in solution and is at some point prayed over.

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