Does anyone else reduce the amount of salt in their cooking?

United States
March 12, 2007 8:45am CST
It seems like every recipe there is calls for salt! In baked goods, I'm not sure what purpose salt really has as the recipe is sweet. Years ago people wanted to make sure they got enough iodine in their diets, but that's not the case now --I think we are overdoing it. Does anyone else automatically reduce the salt in their cooking? Do you eliminate it altogether or just cut the amount down?
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@wmdurcan (103)
• United States
14 Mar 07
I don't put the salt in cookie recipes. I just leave it out, and noone seems to notice.
• United States
14 Mar 07
That's good to hear, I was wondering if salt actually made a difference in the baking, rising, texture etc. other than being used for flavoring.
@crazynurse (7489)
• United States
12 Mar 07
It depends upon the recipe. If there is tomatos or tomato paste/sauce in the recipe I don't add salt as it is likely salty enough with the tomatoes. If there are plenty other spices to give the dish taste I omit salt. I almost always cut the salt that is called for in half! Should a dish make its way to the table that seems to need more salt, one can always add it at the table! The average american gets TRIPLE the amount of salt that they should each day! Too much contributes to high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
Yes, I'll have to say that it is quite a shock to accidently pick up a can of green beans minus salt --you can sure tell the difference! It's actually shocking to read labels and find out how much salt there really is in your diet. Canned soups are one of the worst!
@Sicantik (706)
12 Mar 07
I replace salt with either chicken,beef,or veg stock in my cooking . And I don't put salt on the table when we eat. So for me unless it really necessary for the ingredient I don't use any salt anymore and if I do Iuse the one with low sodium..xx
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• United States
13 Mar 07
I usually just grab the box and don't pay attention that they do have a less sodium alternative.
@lpetges (3036)
• United States
12 Mar 07
i really never add any salt to our food. i think i've had the same blue container of salt for a few years! which reminds me, i should throw it out. so much food has alot of salt in it already!
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• United States
13 Mar 07
Good for you!
@cutepenguin (6457)
• Canada
12 Mar 07
Salt is supposed to bring out the flavour in things. But I just take it out and add some lemon, vanilla or cinnamon in my baking. I rarely use it in cooking - I just have a little bit on scrambled eggs. I try to avoid it whenever possible because my husband is in a high risk group for heart problems, and so I'm trying to prevent anything bad from happening by cutting back on salts and fats.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
Yes, we women have quite a bit of influence over the cooking done in our families to promote health. They are too lazy to make it themselves, so they will pretty much eat if we cook it, lol. That is, unless you have a husband that likes to cook!
• Turkey
12 Mar 07
I only use alittle salt if needed in certain recipes, and its never on the table for dinner, I don't like salty foods that much, always makes me to thirsty, even if there only a little bit of salt in it.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
Well I DO like it, but high blood pressure runs in my family and I don't want it if I can help it. Running in your family can mean that your family just loves and eats tons of salt and not necessarily is hereditary --just a bad diet.
@patootie (3593)
12 Mar 07
I hardly ever put any extra salt on my food .. or even in the food while it's cooking .. ! What has always amazed me is that when I've been in restaurants I often see folks salting their food before they've even tasted it !! If I was the chef I'd feel a bit insulted that folks felt the need to add extra seasoning without bothering to taste my food .. And when I watch cookery programmes they seem to add so much salt to the food .. I would think it's just tastes of salt ..
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• United States
13 Mar 07
My family will also salt without tasting... !
• Philippines
12 Mar 07
Salt is almost always present in every recipe whether sweet or not unless a person is prihibited by doctor. We use salt to taste the gift of nature. But it should be at a minimum consumption. But there's an additive that my family doesnt use anymore and that's MSG or monosodium glutamate.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
Yes, I've heard MSG isn't good either. We've tried salt substitutes but haven't liked them.
@brimia (6584)
• United States
12 Mar 07
I know I should reduce the amount of salt I use but I love it. I think it helps bring out flavors of savory and sweet dishes.
• United States
13 Mar 07
I'm going to do some research online and see if it really makes a difference in the consistency of your baked goods, etc. I usually try a recipe and skimp on the salt --if it tastes okay, then the next time I make it I skimp a little more until I find that sometimes it makes no difference whatsoever.
12 Mar 07
When I am cooking a meal I rarely add extra salt, I only do it to curry as I find it needs it. I dish it out and sometimes add salt to mine afterwards but never to the kids, they get plenty of salt from other sources.
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• United States
13 Mar 07
I'm not a big fan of curry, but thanks for the response.
• India
14 Mar 07
I make a conscious decision these days to reduce the salt in everyday foods. I make it a point to put no salt in salads.
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• Philippines
13 Mar 07
me too, i reduce the amount of salt whenever i cook, i just put a lot of spices in my food.
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@jwfarrimond (4474)
13 Mar 07
I only use salt when I'm cooking porridge, boiling veg or frying meat and in all cases it's just a small amount for seasoning. I bake my own bread, (using a machine) but I don't add salt to that. Salt levels in commercial bread is an issue here in the UK at the moment with some brands of bread containing 2 or 3 times the recommended levels. Nor do I add salt to sweet cake recipes as I think that it's not necessary.
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