Types of Culinary Salts and Uses

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Chef Amy Riolo discusses the different types of salts and when to use each one.

    Amy Riolo: There are many different types of salts out there and it can be confusing to know which one to use to unlock the flavor of your food. We will show you the differences between various salts and some of their ideal uses.

    Kosher Salt originally received its name because it was often used to kosher meats. But it can be used in many ways. Its flakes are much bigger than table salt and professional chefs like it as it's easily pinched for measuring. It can be used the same way as regular salt, however it's ideally used for brining, especially Thanksgiving turkey, rimming margarita glasses, as well as in roasting, barbequing, and in marinades and rubs.

    Sea Salt is made through the evaporation of sea water. It comes in multiple varieties; all purpose sea salt which can be used just like table salt, fine sea salt which easily blends because of its smaller crystals making it perfect for sauces and dressings, and coarse sea salt.

    Coarse sea salt crystals are larger, making it a great finishing salt to sprinkle on vegetables or desserts. Table salt is your go-to kitchen staple. It's a must have for baking. And table salts fine crystals dissolve easily and are perfect for salt shakers.

    Now that you know the benefit of having a variety of salts in your pantry, you can choose the best salt to unlock delicious flavor of your food.