All about Salt

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Salt, or sodium chloride, is a staple on most kitchen tables and counters. While too much salt can cause high blood pressure, it still remains a popular addition to many meals. Salt is mostly used to spice up your favorite dish, it also has more than 14,000 known uses. It can help water boil faster and keep your cooked vegetables colorful.

In recipes, salt can keep bacteria from growing and it regulates yeast. It is also used in preserving foods from bacon to pickles. And while salt is delicious all on its own, flavored salt is wonderful too. Want to make your own salt? Try these combinations with 1/2 teaspoon per tablespoon of salt, stirring gently to mix:

Citrus salt: Grapefruit, lemon, lime, orange

Onion salt: Finely diced dried shallots, onions or scallions

Pepper salt: Whole peppercorns or finely diced dried chilies

Herb salt: Finely diced or crushed basil, cilantro or lavender

Garlic salt: Finely diced dried garlic

 

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