When will you add salt to your food, when cooking or after cooking?

@arunmails (3013)
India
September 27, 2009 8:54pm CST
Hi friends, This discussion is only for the persons who cook themselves not for the persons who go for multi-cuisine restaurant. How often do you cook yourselves.. my question is, when will you add salt to your food, when cooking or after cooking.. This question, is many will have confusions about adding salt.... yesterday, i forgot to put salt when cooking the food.. so I want to add salt.. when adding salt to the food, I added more... then i could not eat that particular side dish for my food... do you have anything happened like this??
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32 responses
@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
29 Sep 09
It would really depend on what type of food that I am cooking. If it's fried fish, pork or beef I put salt before cooking. I rub it on the meat and let the meat absorb the salt for a while, then I cook it. If I'm making soup or something that has broth in it then I add the salt while cooking. If Im going to fry an egg, I put salt after cooking it. Nah, that hasnt happened to me before because I dont put too much salt in my food. I mean if it still tastes bland even if I already put some salt to taste, I dont add anymore.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
you have a list of adding salt for different food.
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@bjcyrix (6910)
• Philippines
29 Sep 09
yep, so that I can get the most flavor out of the food.^_^
• United States
28 Sep 09
It depends on what I am fixing. If the recipe calls for adding salt prior to cooking then I will. However, mostly I add salt pepper to the dish at the end. Either right before I place it on the table or once I get it on the plate. Also, too I have to know who I'm cooking for. For example, if I am fixing something for someone who has health issues like high blood pressure, then I will not add salt. I'll tell them prior to eating that I didn't add salt so if they want to do so they can. But pepper I usually will add because no one ever has a problem with regular black pepper. Not red pepper, is a different story.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
Adding salt for you is depending upon the food ah?
• United States
29 Sep 09
Yeah depending on who I'm cooking for. Like I mentioned, some folks in my family can't have salt. So if I am preparing something that I know they will eat, I won't add it. And if it's bland they can add their salt substitute to it if they so please. Then I can had salt at the table if I want to. So far it works out.
@feodda (579)
• Philippines
28 Sep 09
I have encountered many cuisines already. From British, French and American Cuisine, they usually put salt and pepper at last part of the cooking. To add taste to the cuisine, and if there is something that is not good in the taste. You can still adjust the taste of it.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
Oh Oh Oh, this is only for the persons who cook themselves, not the person who eat in cuisines..
@feodda (579)
• Philippines
29 Sep 09
I cook and I was the one preparing the food in the house. That's why I know some cuisines.
@Gemstar6 (71)
• New Zealand
28 Sep 09
I always salt food as it is cooking. I have read too that a little salt in the water with vegetables helps prevent minerals leaching out. Pasta tastes like nothing unless it is correctly salted while it is cooking. After the food is cooked, then seasoning levels can be adjusted. It pays not to put too much in during the cooking process. (how many times can you say *cooking* lol)
@arunmails (3013)
• India
28 Sep 09
Are you a professional cooker? You sounds well in this topic....
• New Zealand
28 Sep 09
Haha yes I have cooked for about 9 years in some diverse restaurants. Don't mind me it is so easy to start lecturing about salt lol!
• United States
29 Sep 09
I salt my food before cooking as I cook from scratch, raw beans & spuds from a bag. I then add flavoring packets to add different flavors to what would otherwise be one bland little diet otherwise.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
adding salt before cooking, something different.....
@subha12 (18453)
• India
29 Sep 09
Generally in most dishes we cook, we add salt while cooking. There are some uncooked food, where salt is added after dressing or before doing the dressing. else its salt while cooking the food itself.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
Absolutely yes, I add salt while cooking.. and i remember it i added salt....
• United States
29 Sep 09
I too always add salt to my food as I am cooking it. The food taste much better if it is salted and seasoned before or as it is cooking. I have been cooking for years now and this is the only way I have ever done it.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
Experienced person will have special answers
@youless (90894)
• Guangzhou, China
28 Sep 09
Most of the time I add salt when I am cooking because I can stir the food and make sure the salt is mixed with the food very well. I don't like to put the salt after cooking. I love China
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
Are you a experienced cooker???
@savypat (20247)
• United States
28 Sep 09
I add a small amount of salt, that way those that want more can add more. Sometimes if I use a lot of spice I don't add any salt. So many people are on salt free diets that I try to be very careful with the salt.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
you don't add salt for spicy food ah?, but here in India, we add salt especially for spicy foods..
@mjweed21 (693)
• Philippines
28 Sep 09
When I still lived in my parents house, I usually cook almost everyday. And as to your main issue I always add salt when cooking for the very reason that it will add flavors to your dishes especially meat. You really can tell the difference between the two.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
No, I could not differentiate.. could you be more specific in your quote?
28 Sep 09
It's better to add salt during the cooking of your food as that way it blends into the food through the heat process to give added flavour. Adding it afterwards means the salt particles just sit on the top surface of your dish and you lose the full effect of the flavouring. You notice the difference when you miss salt out of the cooking if you are used to salting your food. Many folk do not use salt for health reasons but sea salt is a good alternative. It is courser but contains the original 80 minerals which are refined out of table salt.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
Absolutely yes, you will not get the real taste of food when you add salt after cooking
@ladym33 (11008)
• United States
28 Sep 09
I cook all of my own meals, and the meals for all of my family. I usually add salt when cooking if I am going to add it, I actually try to avoid salt with most meals, but once in a while a meal really needs some salt when you cook it. I never add salt to my own food after cooking, I like to think that I season things perfectly. I have added salt at restaurants though.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
Its really confusing, you add salt or not??
28 Sep 09
I always season my food when cooking it, otherwise, it can taste bland. I usually season again, after dishing up, but sometimes, it is seasoned enough already.
28 Sep 09
Aah tatty it is knorr aromat seasoning, it is in a yellow pot, (like a large pepper pot) with a red lid, about 79 pence, in Asda. It is with the pepper etc. I replaced salt for this ages ago, and love it now, i use it on everything :)
@Craicha (801)
28 Sep 09
yah it happens in me one time..i added salt 2 times just notice it when i taste it ..salty...but i do a remedy for it added potatoes it helps absorb salt and added lil water...dn it taste good :)
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
good.. same incident just as happened to me ah??
@agmp26 (21)
• Philippines
28 Sep 09
As a mom, I cook the family's food myself. I salt it while cooking so that the taste will be absorbed by the food. It tastes better for me and that's how I do it.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
Only moms will add salt while cooking, all others will add salt, before, during, and after cooking. Sometimes people add some salt after eating....
@cher913 (25893)
• Canada
28 Sep 09
i usually add it later just because i find i usually cannot taste things without it. i have nose issues which affect my sense of smell and taste so salt is usually needed to be able to taste something.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
specific people have specific reason.......
• Philippines
28 Sep 09
Whenever I cook, I add salt while cooking so that whenever it gets too salty, I can still remedy it. I remember an incident that my sister forgot to put salt too. It was the funniest thing!! She was cooking some kind of stew, and she was feeling rather lazy to take pinches of salt, and she merely shook the container of salt to make the salt fall out. Unfortunately, the whole cover got loose, and the big globs of salt (one was about half the size of a fist) went into the stew. We couldn't eat the stew anymore, even if my mom added salt and stuff, it wasn't good to taste anymore. So much for cutting back on the salt! Hahahaha...
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
funny cook... funny food.. funny salt... funny family......
@magickat (382)
28 Sep 09
i do not like salt very much but do use it to season food when cooking. But I will not add it to food afterwards. I think if you season well when preparing a dish there should be no need to add salt afterwards.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
Oh, you have some specific reason for adding the salt.....
@sender621 (14956)
• United States
28 Sep 09
I used to always salt food as i was cooking it. Over the years, I have changed this habit. Maybe it's because everyone seems to salt their food when they are getting ready to eat it. it seems a waste to salt the same food twice.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
Another response of same category just as above... but, my question is why you want to change your habit just for the sake of others......
@Hazelrose (2185)
• Philippines
28 Sep 09
Hello arunmails,Salt is important to taste our food.For me I prefer to add salt after cooking,when i am ready to eat.Thanks Good luck.
@arunmails (3013)
• India
29 Sep 09
Good, different response, always adding salt just before eating....