Salt : How much

Salt, how much needed? - Salt is an essential ingredient with any dish.
@sreevasu (2717)
India
May 28, 2007 8:37am CST
you use with your dish? How you decide it. Salt is an essential ingredient in any recipe. While there is a measure for all other ingredients salt is exempted from it. Recipes say Salt = to taste. And we know different people have different taste with food. So how salt is measured. I would say it is the taste of the cook. He/she add salt to his/her taste. In other words the cook is adding his/her mind to our dish. How do you feel?
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@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
28 May 07
I usually use garlic salt, two spices in one. I usually add about three shakes say in a large pot of spaghetti sauce. After that we can salt to our taste at the table. My boys and I don't ever add any additional salt, my hubby usually does as he prefers more salt than we do. If I do add something to my food at the table,it's usually garlic. I just love garlic on food.
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@sreevasu (2717)
• India
28 May 07
Dear Misheleen, could you please read the last part of my topic and come again with your views to it. I am sure it is my mistake not to put the topic in the real right way.
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• United States
29 May 07
I did, and don't know what more you need from me. I said I use garlic salt instead of regular salt. I use 3 shakes. Then at the table my husband adds more, because he likes more salt. Hence, it all comes down to the individual taste. There is no right or wrong amount of salt. It depends on how you personally like your food.
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@sreevasu (2717)
• India
29 May 07
How will you relate mind to salt? It seems my post gone out a little tricky. See you have four members in your family viz. you, hubby and two boys. Imagine one (you or your hubby) is cooking the food for all. When it comes out delicious to all, how the mind of the cook works to make it delicious... not only for the cook but to all
@wolves69 (756)
• United States
28 May 07
I've never been one to add salt to food. I get enough of salt in other foods. The only food I put salt on is hard boiled eggs. But only a few crystals. Generally, if a recipe calls for salt, both the missus and myself would substitute other spices, peppers, ground onion or garlic, etc... I think we've had he same salt shaker for 12 years and it hasn't been refilled.
@sreevasu (2717)
• India
28 May 07
Consumption of salt varies with body nature too. Thank you for responding.
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@wolves69 (756)
• United States
29 May 07
This is true, but I really don't need any additional help ;-)
@Darkwing (21588)
28 May 07
I don't use a lot of extra salt in my cooking because some foods already contain salt, and you can have too much of it. I use sea salt all the time, and I buy the coars type which I disperse through a grinder. I just add about four turns of the grinder to vegetables, and a couple of twists to my dishes once they're served on the plate. Brightest Blessings.
@sreevasu (2717)
• India
28 May 07
Salt requirement is connected with taste. When no recipes mention no exact amount of salt use how the quantity of salt is determined? Thank you Darkwing.
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@magikrose (5423)
• United States
29 May 07
For me I cant have too much salt in my food. I just add enough to add al ittle bit of flavor. If I have to many salty foods I get bloated and my ankles become the size of my calvs so it is not fun.
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@sreevasu (2717)
• India
29 May 07
Can I call that 'enough' as your mind? thank you rose for responding.
@meljessxena (2317)
• Australia
29 May 07
i dont put it direct on my food, but like when boiling potatoes and things i put a dab on salt in the pot in the water, i have grown up seeing my parents do it so i just do it, and i find thats enough salt in the food, and no need to add it when the food is dished up
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@sreevasu (2717)
• India
31 May 07
we are indebted to our parents for many of our habits. thank you for sharing your experience.
@maevic (821)
• Bahrain
29 May 07
that's why it is written to taste. because some people wants more salty foods and some don't. So in my family, we want a little salty food so my mother knows how much salt or patis (fish oil) she will put on the food.
@sreevasu (2717)
• India
29 May 07
Yes Maevic, and can we call that knowledge of your mom as her mind. Her mind tells how much salt needed for a good taste to all.
@mimpi1911 (25479)
• India
29 May 07
control that shake!! - salt intake should be judicious.
Salt intake depdends largely on the climatic condition and ofcourse on the person. Personally, I hardly take table salt in my diet. I feel, It is not desirable to completely terminate salt in our diet. Profuse sweating is a frequent feature of our warm/hot climate and this leads to substantial salt loss and this needs to be replaced. Instead of complete discontinuation, it is strongly recommended that the intake of salt should be low. thankyou.
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@kgwat70 (13396)
• United States
29 May 07
I do not use salt in my meals as salt is not healthy for us so I never use salt in my meals. I try to avoid it as much as possible when at home. I know it gives food a better taste but since I am trying to eat healthier I keep the salt out of my meals when eating at home. My roommate loves salt and usually floods his food with salt.
@sreevasu (2717)
• India
29 May 07
I have read that "Salt is a seasoning, an essential nutrient, but also a very important preservative." But tell your friend that a flood of salt may cause damage to the work of the kidney.. lol Thank you for responding.
@Galena (9123)
29 May 07
I very rarely add salt when I'm cooking, and rarely put it on a meal. I add salt and vinegar to chips, and I like salt with tomatoes (lots) or eggs (very small amount) I can't actually think of many recipes where salt is an essential ingredient.
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@sreevasu (2717)
• India
29 May 07
I didn't say all recipes but where salt is an ingredient its quantity is specified unlike other ingredients. Thank you Galena for responding.
@aweins (4203)
• India
29 May 07
I add less salt to the food which i cook because my mother-in-law takes less. my father-in-law is just the opposite on eating salt. he eats more than normal and she eats less than normal. so i dont even put the normal. i put very less for the sake of saying that i have put. when i cook for people or when i have invited someone, then i cook mystlye. and by GOD'S grace i am alwayz appreciated. i love cooking and GOD has alwayz been kind to me when it comes to handling of big number or meal for more people alone. salt is a thing which if not put in a proper amount, according to the taste which requires it, the food will not taste good. you will not get the actual taste of the food. to get the actual, taste, everything including salt should be appropriate, it should be up to the mark otherwise no point in making a great dish and everyone is sprinkling salt according to them in their dishes. it looks stupid, i think so . if you are having a problem like i m having in my family, then it is something different, but there too, i make food like that for them , not for everyone. when others are coming , i make proper food. why should i serve where i have to answer a question.
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@sreevasu (2717)
• India
29 May 07
There you go Aweins. When you say "God always been kind to me" and the moment when you decide that "according to the taste which requires it" comes my real topic. At that time it is not the salt that working, it is your mind. And that is why I said you are adding your mind to the dishes... Thank you Aweins, for sharing your experience and views.
• India
29 May 07
ofcorse the cook adds his mind to our dishes..not only in case of salt but with all the spices he/she uses...thats how we categorize a good n a bad cook...if the cook's taste is near to most of his food consumers..he is a good cook n if not we wud just leave him/her with the tag of 'bad cook'...
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@sreevasu (2717)
• India
29 May 07
You are right. But what differs salt from spices is that in any recipe there is no specific unit of salt prescribed. Thank you Shashank, you are the one who really caught my topic.
• United States
29 May 07
i usually don't use more than a sprinkle maximum. i don't really ever add that much,i don't think most things need it. i do know people who use a lot though.
@sreevasu (2717)
• India
29 May 07
More of the salt will ruin the dish. Thank you for responding Scarlet Woman
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
28 May 07
I can't eat too much salt, so unless it is absolutely necessary, I won't add any. It is not essential except for making breads and cakes anyway. There are salt substitutes that one can use and if there is a choice between a flat taste and me gaining ten pounds in water weight, I'd take the flat taste anytime.
28 May 07
Well i love salt, i know i shoudnt cause its bad for you but i cant help it forget measuring it i pour it in i have salt on everything i eat bad aint it?
• United States
28 May 07
honestly i leave out the salt most the time. that's how my mom cooked when we were growing up. there is so much sodium out there in things, she didn't like to add to that. so i tend to cook like that as well. some things yes i add it to. but not too often.