When will you add the salt?

@youless (109334)
Guangzhou, China
February 7, 2012 2:56am CST
I wonder whether you like to add the salt before cooking or after it is done? Sometimes I prefer to add the salt before so that I will not forget it when the dish is ready. But sometimes people say that it is better to add the salt later since some bones or meats will not soft if you add the salt so early. What's your habit?
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• United States
7 Feb 12
In the culinary world it is always best to add the salt during the cooking process. If the food is salted and cooked properly there won't be a need to add additional salt once it is on the table. Salt in the cooking process flavor the food completely. It is not as strong once it is cooked into the dish. When you add salt to the food after it is cooked you are taking away from the dish and will taste more salt than the flavor of the food. Always watch your sodium intake so you don't develop blood pressure issues!
@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
7 Feb 12
You shall be right since you sound to be professional by your nickname
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• United States
7 Feb 12
Sounds like cooking is your passion! I have gotten to where I barely use salt because I have to cook for my 86 year old mom alot who is on a sodium diet, and I have gotten in the habit of leaving it off for myself also. Good habit!
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@jaiho2009 (39158)
• Philippines
7 Feb 12
I always add salt while cooking is on process. that will make the food taste more tasty. The meat of veggies will absorb the salt and give it a tasty savor with the recipe.
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@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
7 Feb 12
I shall remember it since I like cooking delicious dishes
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• India
7 Feb 12
women's know the taste better. any question...
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@cher913 (25782)
• Canada
7 Feb 12
i am really bad. i generally add salt before tasting it but you see, i have nose issues where i often cannot taste food that i am eating, so adding salt does help me to be able to taste it.
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@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
7 Feb 12
I hope your nose issues will be solved. Try to have the steaming treatment.
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• United States
7 Feb 12
When I cook, I add the salt before cooking so that the flavor will get into the food with the juices and all. The times that I use the salt after cooking is only because I have forgotten to add it beforehand. What does it mean the bone or meat will not soft if you add the salt so early?
@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Feb 12
I heard that if you add the salt in advance before cooking the meat, then it takes longer time for the meats to be soft.
• India
7 Feb 12
habbits is what the people have, different-different. the kind of habbit you have in you is the same i am having. but all thing that matter is taste, either you add salt before and after, taste is what we all want. but guess what i have noticed here, whenver i add extra salt after cooking to make the dish saturated, it add more taste to the recepie
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@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
7 Feb 12
Yes, different people have different cooking habits.
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@myg2012 (28)
• Philippines
7 Feb 12
I think that adding a little salt before starting to cook as initial flavoring, and adding salt again once it boils to achieve the desired taste of the food you cook.
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@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
7 Feb 12
It sounds to be a good idea.
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@dandan07 (1907)
• China
7 Feb 12
Usually, I add salt into the dish at the last moment in the pan, after mixing the salt with the material, I will put it into the dish. I do not like leaving salt on the fire for a long time. But sometimes materials own salt themselves, like salt meat or salt vegetable, I will add them at last. But to some dish with meat, adding salt a little earlier can help the dish tasted much better.
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@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
7 Feb 12
If I add the salt at the last moment. I am afraid I will forget it
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@jdyrj777 (6530)
• United States
9 Feb 12
I have always and will always season my food when i cook it. I believe it blenda in with the food better. I ont use much salt in fact sometimes i use soy sauce instead of salt. Anyway be it salt or what ever seasoning i use i add it while cooking.
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@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
10 Feb 12
Here the soy sauce is an important seasoning material.
@jdyrj777 (6530)
• United States
15 Feb 12
It is for me too. I love the stuff. I believe it better than salt.
@celticeagle (142424)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Feb 12
I add alittle salt while the raw vegetables are cooking and add any herbs or spices other than that just before i serve the dish. Meat I might add it in the mairanate before it is cooked or as it is cooking. It depends.
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@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
10 Feb 12
I think you are good at cooking
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@celticeagle (142424)
• Boise, Idaho
10 Feb 12
Just been doing it awhile.
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@emine08 (1551)
• Indonesia
7 Feb 12
for some dishes i usually add it before cooking, so it is more delicious. but for other dishes i add it after it is done. it is nice to try different way i think. happy cooking....
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@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
7 Feb 12
So it depends on.
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@yspmyl (3436)
• Malaysia
7 Feb 12
Whenever I cook, I will add salt almost at the end when everything are almost cook, then only I will add in salt, but I before that I will add soy source to make the taste, salt is just to make the taste saltier. If you want meats to become soft, you can always add some vinegar.
@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
7 Feb 12
You are very professional in cooking
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• China
7 Feb 12
It depends on what you cook.If I stir-fry spinach or cos lettuce,I usually add the salt in advance,but if they are beans,I salt them when they are nearly done,because if you do it early,they are dehydrated prematurely , you may find this way it difficult to get them done.
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@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
7 Feb 12
You are right.
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@chum24 (569)
• Philippines
7 Feb 12
if it is vegetable,well i usually add before cooking but also i add salt during cooking i usually taste if it salty or not in egg i add salt prior to cook. but i prefer less salt for our health.
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@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
7 Feb 12
Yes. If you take salty food for a long time, it is like to lead to high blood pressure.
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@mohkanari (1958)
• India
8 Feb 12
When salt is added before starting cooking boiling point rise a bit and cooking is completed taking less time, bringing lesser fuel usage. Further taste of salt reach well through out the cooked food item too.
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@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Feb 12
It sounds very professional.
• Philippines
8 Feb 12
but if the boiling point rises, wouldn't that take more time to reach? And I don't think saving a bit of fuel is more important than the taste of the food. Sure you will save some fuel but you're risking your food to be salty which is not good. Just my opinion.
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• United States
9 Feb 12
I don't add a lot of salt to our dishes since my husband has high blood pressure. When I do decide to add salt to the dish I usually add it during the process of cooking it.
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@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Feb 12
It is good that you don't take a lot of salt in your diet.
@MsTickle (25187)
• Australia
16 Feb 12
I understood that salt will tenderise vegetables during cooking but for meats I simply use it as seasoning during cooking.
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@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
13 Apr 12
I think it will taste well.
@taheraa (1545)
• Giza, Egypt
7 Feb 12
It is better to add the salt later after cooking, specially meats will not soft if you add the salt so early, also Needs a longer time for the full maturity?
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@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
8 Feb 12
I think so.
@taheraa (1545)
• Giza, Egypt
8 Feb 12
I'm sure, and I tried two methods.
@bhanusb (5709)
• India
8 Feb 12
I usually add salt at the end of cooking. After that I taste the dish. If require I mix more salt. If the dish found too salty then I pour some sugar to make it perfect.
@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Feb 12
It is a good solution.
@LadyDD (515)
• Romania
8 Feb 12
I think it depends on what you cook. Salt in boiling meat helps to make it tasty. But in small quantities. When making barbecue salt is added before and let to stay in the fridge together with the other condiments to make the meat tasty and soft. On the other hand, vegetables loose their vitamins if salt is added at boiling. I prefer steamed vegetables without salt and eat them with other condiments and lemon juice.
@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Feb 12
I learned something new
@Mayuko (1268)
• United States
11 Feb 12
I'm not really one for cooking, but I do some simple things. When I like to add salt varies. For fried/scrambled eggs or grits, I like to add it after it's been cooked. I like the varying flavors they have between the plain and the salted portions. But with vegetables, I prefer to boil them with salt in the water. And sometimes, I'll even add extra salt afterwards. I don't cook meat, so I don't know about the bones or meat becoming soft or not. I know that when my parents cook chicken, they always put seasoning (salt included) before cooking, and the flavor and texture is always great. So I'd say it's just a matter of preference, and it won't negatively affect your food if you add the salt sooner in the cooking process.
@youless (109334)
• Guangzhou, China
12 Feb 12
But perhaps it is better to add the salt after the meat soup is ready.